ECFMG Updates: Obtaining Certification without USMLE Step 2 CS

  At the end of May, the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, two groups who sponsor the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) elected to suspend the clinical skills portion of the USMLE Step 2 for at least 12 months. This decision was a difficult one to make […]

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USMLE Step 2 CS Suspended for 12+ Months

  When COVID-19 first hit the U.S., the Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners, both sponsors of the exam, were quick to put the United States Medical License Examination Steps on hold. This decision was made in respect for the safety of examinees and test administrators. As the situation progresses, […]

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3 Big Changes to the USMLE

  In November, we covered the USMLE Composite Committee and Management Committee’s decision to change the length of time allotted for individuals to complete the test and the number of questions that will be found in each section. These changes are slotted to launch this May. Recently, the USMLE’s committees made additional changes that will […]

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Age and Applying to Residency in the U.S.

  Applying for Residency in the U.S. as an IMG can be a numbers game. Although applying as an older candidate can be an element that further complicates the equation, it is not a death sentence. Elder IMGs can successfully obtain residency it just requires some additional planning and data analysis on programs that see […]

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New Year, New Questions: 2020 USMLE Changes

  Just this week the USMLE announced that come 2020, changes to Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be made. These changes come in the form of additional questions and will be seen on exams beginning as early as May 2020. One change not being made–the time students will have to complete the exam. […]

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Best Practices: Studying for the USMLE

Comprised of three tests, the USMLE is required to become a medical practitioner in the U.S. The main goal of the test is to confirm that a medical graduate is able to apply textbook and classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios. An individual’s ability to pass all three steps of the USMLE directly translates into good […]

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The Importance of U.S. Clinical Experiences

  For current international medical students and graduates (IMGs) hoping to practice medicine in the United States, a U.S. based clinical rotation is essential. Securing these opportunities can be challenging, though. A rotations placement company, such as AMOpportunities, can help. At AMO, we believe in equal access to supplemental educational experiences. We connect IMGs with […]

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Top 10 Tips for Writing Your USMLE Personal Statement (Part Two)

Top 10 tips for writing your USMLE personal statement. In part one of “How to Write a Personal Statement for the USMLE,” we covered preparation tips and formatting suggestions when writing your personal statement. Here, we’ve put together the top 10 tips for writing and editing your statement to make it stand out. Use titles and subtitles. They not only help to tell your story, […]

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How to Write a Personal Statement for the USMLE (Part One)

USMLE Personal Statement A personal statement is an important part of any application process. Residency programs generally require a personal statement for entry. The personal statement complements and supplements your CV with your perspective on your strengths and qualifications as a candidate. Admissions committees want to get to know the real you in a narrative […]

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AMO’s Complete Guide to Applying for U.S. Residency

Applying to a U.S. residency program can be a daunting experience, but AMOpportunities has numerous resources to help you along the way. Completing an AMOpportunities rotation is a good first step to deciding whether you would like to apply to a U.S. residency program. Observerships help introduce international medical graduates (IMGs) to the American healthcare […]

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