Thinking of the U.S?
Overview

    Are you thinking of a medical career in the United States? This may include applying for an American residency, applying for an American fellowship or a desire to practice medicine in the United States upon completing your training.

    If you are thinking about any of these career paths, it is important to look into writing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). You will need to have passing USMLE scores in order to apply for an American residency, or to practice in the U.S. Requirements for fellowships may differ with respect to whether a USMLE score is needed or not.

    The USMLE is written in different steps. Step 1 is normally taken after 2nd year medical school and is a multiple-choice test on the basic sciences learned in pre-clerkship. Step 2 is normally written after 4th year medical school and is taken in 2 separate parts. Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) is the multiple-choice part of Step 2, and is a test on the clinical portion of your medical knowledge. Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is a pass-fail examination that assesses the test-taker’s clinical skills in history taking and performing physical examinations on standardized patients (typically 12 15-minute interviews). Step 3 is normally taken after 1st year of residency and is a 2-day examination that is conducted similarly to the examinations in Step 2.

Links

  • MatchRounds - an online guide to applying for residency programs in the U.S.
  • Scutwork.com – online reviews of American residency programs by senior medical students, current residents and recent residency graduates.

 

The U.S Residency Match is different from the Canadian Match in that there are several matching services rather than one (CaRMS is the only matching site for Canadian residency programs). If you decide to apply to both CaRMS and a U.S match, you are obligated to accept the residency to which you match first (this is important to note the match dates for CaRMS and the U.S service in this case). U.S Residency Matching links include:
  • FRIEDA – a searchable online database of all available residency spots in the U.S.
  • San Francisco (SF) Match – the matching service through which plastic surgery subspecialty, child neurology, ophthalmology and neurotology residencies as well as several fellowships are arranged.
  • MatchRounds - an online guide to applying for residency programs in the U.S
  • Scutwork.com – online reviews of American residency programs by senior medical students, current residents and recent residency graduates.

Revised September 12, 2012