University of South Florida

MCOM recently designated a USMLE testing site

The USF Health Morsani of Medicine continues to be the rising star in the medical school community.  The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) recently designated MCOM a United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Prometric Test Center, one of only 10 in the nation.

The space in the medical school will accommodate up to 22 medical students taking either USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 – Clinical Knowledge examinations, both required to successfully graduate medical school.  The testing center at MCOM will service the 10 medical schools in the state of Florida.

“Our students are the biggest benefactors of having a test center here,” said Deborah DeWaay, MD, FACP, MCOM associate dean of Undergraduate Medical Education.

Fun facts:

  • USMLE Step 1 is taken at the end of the second year of medical school. It emphasizes knowledge of basic sciences including anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and immunology. It is administered in one eight-hour testing session, divided into seven 60-minute blocks.
  • USMLE Step 2 is a nine-hour multiple choice examination generally taken during the fourth year of medical school.  It assesses the ability to apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science needed for providing patient care, under supervision.

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