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 USMLE (stands for United States Medical Licensing Exam) is a joint effort of Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME®). USMLE is taken by medical graduates of any country as it is both, a qualifying exam for PG as well as Licensure exam to practice medicine in the USA. USMLE is conducted in 3 steps. Qualifying first two steps enables a medical student to apply for residency in US. Final step of examination can be taken during the residency, which gives a student, a License to practice medicine in the USA.
USMLE assesses medical graduates on their subject knowledge, application of the acquired knowledge, concepts, principles in real world scenarios. It also tests a graduate’s ability to demonstrate fundamental patient centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each step of USMLE tests different skills and no step can stand alone as a validation point.
Typically USMLE is of three steps
Step 1 test covers Basic Sciences. Step 1 emphasizes the importance of principals underlying health, diseases and modes of therapy.
Interestingly step 2 is divided into two parts one theory (Step 2 Clinical Knowledge) and one practical exam (Step 2 Clinical Skills).
Step 2 CK assesses test takers ability to apply acquired medical knowledge & skills for the provision of patients, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
Step 2 CS is a non scored, pass/fail practical exam with standardized patient encounters. CS exam, tests medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues in standard formats.
Step 3, the final one of USMLE step is taken by medical graduates who are pursuing their residency. If a medical graduate is confident enough to take the test, he or she, can do so at any time during his residency program. This step assesses if the graduate is ready to handle responsibility of unsupervised practice. Testing a graduates Application of medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical sciences with emphasis on patient management is the objective of this step.