Passing grades on USMLE exams are required in order to be able to apply for residency position through the ECFMG. However, because IMGs are at disadvantage compared to U.S and Canadian graduates, the applicant needs to perform exceedingly well on their Step 1 and Step 2 CK as well as pass Step 2 CS.
USMLE Step 1:
Since 2014, the new minimum Step 1 score is 192. However, depending on the specialties the applicant is applying, the score needs to be substantially higher than that to have a realistic chance of receiving an interview. Based on the chart below, we would reccomend a score of 240 or above to realistically increase chances of matching into a program.
The average Step 1 scores for each medical specialty is given below by The National Resident Match Program (NRMP):
USMLE Step 2:
Step 2 has two parts: CK (Clinical Knowledge) and CS (Clinical Skills). CK is constructed in a similar manner to Step 1 but the questions are based on clinical scenarios instead of basic science. Breakdown of USMLE Step 2 CK scores for each subspecialty is given below:
CS is an exam that is conducted at select locations in United States. The applicant undergoes examination with standardized patients (patient actors). This exam is usually one of the biggest constraints for the applicant because of language barriers and lack of familiarity with the U.S. patient-doctor relationship.
For our members:
If you have not taken USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK: join AAMA and contact us via our page. We can advise you on some strategies to help you prepare and succeed on the exam. Please note: We are not selling any products. The advice you get is from AAMA experts who have excelled on the exam and is done to help prospective Azeri applicants to come to USA for residency training.
Step 2 CS: We understand that language constraints and not being familiar with patient care in America can be a major hurdle. We hope to offer opportunities for Azeri applicants to come to America and undergo 1-2 months rotation with AAMA affiliated physicians.
240 + on Step 1
240+ on Step 2 CK
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