Self Paced Program
For those students, who lack time to attend discussions & lectures, and who prefer to learn on their own LogIQuest offers a flexible self paced program. As the name suggests a student can learn at a pace that suits him or her, at time that suits him or her and at a place where he or she is comfortable. The method of delivery would be recorded lectures, in which the entire syllabus is taught by expert international faculty. Additionally, student can take advantage of all the features that are extended to in-Person program.
- Original DBMCI study material
- Video lectures by DBMCI certified international faculty
- Online resources including practice content of 200 hours
- 7 full length mock tests
- Doubt clarification sessions with faculty online
- Flashcards app for on-the-go learning
Self-Paced program has a validity of six months. For more details contact your nearest centre. (link to centre locator)
Eligibility and Application
USMLE is taken by every medical graduate who is trained in the United States of America. Without taking USMLE any American medical graduate can not pursue residency nor can he/she is permitted to set up practice. For US graduates, application process for USMLE is through their respective medical schools. They should attempt Step 1 at end of second year of medical program and finish off Step 2 at the end of fourth year of graduation, before applying for Residency. Step 3 can taken any time after the first year of their respective residency program.
International Medical graduates (in short IMG), who have valid medical degree from a medical school/college outside the USA & Canada are also eligible to take USMLE. Time lines for IMG’s are more flexible compared to US medical graduates, i.e., they can take any step at any point of time during or after their medical program.
To be eligible to take USMLE Step 1, 2 CK & 2 CS, a student must have medical degree from a college listed in “World Directory of Medical School”.
Application for USMLE can only be done through ECFMG.
Road To Residency
Residency (equivalent to Post graduation MD/MS in India), is important component of becoming an independent practitioner in the USA. Unlike in many other countries, a medical graduate may not have an independent practice set up until residency is completed and Step 3 test of USMLE is passed. Applying for residency in USA is not an easy process unlike other post graduations. It includes following steps:
1) Achieve ECFMG Certification
To achieve ECFMG certification, a student has to first get his medical credential verified by ECFMG. Upon successful verification, a student is eligible to apply for examination requirements. These examination requirements are USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS.
2) Application with ERAS
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is the gateway for IMG’s to apply for Residency program in the USA. The Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) is a service of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It transmits applications, letters of recommendation (LoRs), Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, COMLEX transcripts, and other supporting credentials from applicants and their designated dean’s office to residency program directors.
3) NRMP matching
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), also called the Match, is a United States-based private non-profit non-governmental organization created in 1952 to help match medical school students with residency programs.
Applicants should first register with and complete an ERAS application if that is how the program is accepting applications. Match applicants MUST have an AAMC ID to register with NRMP for the Main Residency Match. After registering with NRMP, applicants should log back into ERAS and update their profile with their NRMP ID to make it easier for program directors to identify them for placement on the program’s rank order lists. ECFMG ID for international medical school students/graduates (IMGS) is a must.
All NRMP® Matches are managed through the NRMP’s Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system.
4) Interviews & Admissions
Before matching program is done, IMGs would get interviews from various programs of different colleges. Once these interviews are done, the program directors would use DWS, rank their candidate list.
The NRMP then considers, both ranking orders, given by both students, matches the students and the programs on march 18th. This is called Match Day. By logging into MyERAS account a student can know if he/she got a match. Many people also get partial match and many remain unmatched.
5) Unmatched & SOAP
In case of Unmatched and partially matched students, they can still get into any program by participating in SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Accepting Program). SOAP matches are done in 8 rounds and a candidate may receive multiple offers during different rounds. The candidate would only have 2 hours to respond for each of the match offer.
After a Match, an IMG is eligible for doing residency in the USA.
What is USMLE
The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Physicians with an MD degree are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States; see below for requirements of physicians with a DO degree.
The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to determine fundamental patient-centred skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Examination committees composed of medical educators and clinicians from across the United States and its territories create the examination materials each year. At least two committees critically appraise each test item or case, revising or discarding any materials that are in doubt.
All three steps of the USMLE exam must be passed before a physician with an M.D. degree is eligible to apply for an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States. U.S. osteopathic medical school graduates are permitted to take either the USMLE or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) exam for medical licensure. Students who have graduated from medical schools outside the US and Canada must pass all three steps of the USMLE to be licensed to practice in the US, regardless of the title of their degree.
Overall pass rates for the individual Step exams that comprise the USMLE are:
Step 1 (2015): 94% for U.S. M.D. medical school graduates (96% in first-time takers), 93% for U.S. D.O. osteopathic medical school graduates (93% in first-time takers), and 72% for international medical school graduates (78% for first-time takers).
Step 2 CK (2014-2015): 94% for U.S. M.D. medical school graduates (96% in first-time takers), 92% for U.S. D.O. medical school graduates (92% in first-time takers), and 71% for international medical school graduates (75% for first-time takers).
Step 2 CS (2014-2015): 96% for U.S. M.D. medical school graduates (96% in first-time takers) and 90% for U.S. D.O. medical school graduates (90% in first-time takers), and 78% for international medical school graduates (80% for first-time takers).
Step 3 (2015): 98% for U.S. M.D. medical school graduates (98% in first-time takers), 83% for U.S. D.O. medical school graduates (91% in first-time takers), and 85% for international medical school graduates (89% in first-time takers).