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United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) / 美国医师执照考试 (USMLE)
USMLE Preparation - Your Pathway to practise medicine in NZ and USA

Passing USMLE ( United States Medical Licensing Examination) is the first step towards medical licensure in USA, as well as NZ.

USMLE preparation has helped tens of thousands of medical graduates and physicians to pass their medical licensing boards with high scores and continue on to successful careers in medicine.

The USMLE is a set of general exams for medical doctors, assessing a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles, constituting the basis of safe and effective patient care.

You can do USMLE preparation course in USA or NZ. This provides intensive preparation to medical doctors through centre based learning. The course structure is critically reviewed and selected based on areas that are most likely to be tested and are most important for your exam success!


In New Zealand
Step 1 (6 months)
The USMLE Step 1 Preparation course is a 6 month programme featuring a comprehensive basic science review covering the 8 key disciplines (Anatomy, Behaviourial Science, Biochemistry, Medical Genetics, Microbiology/Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology) and teaches medical graduates necessary to prepare and complete the exam.

The USMLE Step 1 exam is a one day computer exam, which includes 336 questions and spans 8 hrs of testing, broken down into seven 1 hour blocks of 48 questions each.

Step 2 — CK Preparation (6 months)
The USMLE Step 2CK Preparation course is a 6 month programme featuring a review of clinical knowledge including internal medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, Public Health and more.

The Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) is a multiple-choice exam, with approximately 352 questions. It is divided into 8 sixty minute blocks and spans one nine hour testing session. It is designed to determine whether the examinee possesses the medical knowledge and understanding of clinical science, which are considered essential for the provision of patient care under their supervision.

Step 3 — NZREX Clinical Examination
Achieve a pass rate in your USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK Exams to enable you to sit the NZREX Clinical.
Established by the Medical Council of New Zealand to assess overseas trained doctors, the NZREX Clinical is a live examination which involves 16 patient stimulations. Exams held 4 - 6 tomes per year.

Please note that you need an English level of IELTS 7.5 in speaking and listening and IELTS 7.0 in reading and writing to qualify.
We at Pacific Region Education Consultancy (PREC ) can place you in a IELTS learning centre if you need it.

Step 4 (12 months)
Secure and complete a paid NZ hospital residency of NZ$60,000 a year

Pass the NZREX Clinical Exam to be able to apply through the New Zealand District Health Boards for a one year, paid residency position.

After securing this position, you will be working under supervision and be assessed during a 12 month period with a provisional general scope of practice.

Step 5
Apply for General Registration to practise medicine in NZ (Starting salary of NZ$100,000) or continue training to become a specialist !

Or Practise abroad - NZ is the perfect place to gain experience and further skills before practising medicine in another country.

Medical doctors are listed on NZ 's Skills Shortage list, which means you may qualify for a Work Permit, Work to Residence or the Skilled Migrant Category.



In USA (Step 1 and 2 are similar, but step 3 and 4 differs)
Step 1 (6 months)
The USMLE Step 1 Preparation course is a 6 month programme featuring a comprehensive basic science review covering the 8 key disciplines (Anatomy, Behaviourial Science, Biochemistry, Medical Genetics, Microbiology/Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology) and teaches medical graduates necessary to prepare and complete the exam.

The USMLE Step 1 exam is a one day computer exam, which includes 336 questions and spans 8 hrs of testing, broken down into seven 1 hour blocks of 48 questions each.

Step 2CK Preparation (6 months)
The USMLE Step 2CK Preparation course is a 6 month programme featuring a review of clinical knowledge including internal medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, Public Health and more.

The Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) is a multiple-choice exam, with approximately 352 questions. It is divided into 8 sixty minute blocks and spans one nine hour testing session. It is designed to determine whether the examinee possesses the medical knowledge and understanding of clinical science, which are considered essential for the provision of patient care under their supervision.

Step 2CS and Step 3
The Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam is a "hands-on" exam that tests the examinee's clinical and communication skills through his/her ability to gather information from standardised patients, perform a physical examination, communicate the findings to the patient and write a patient note.

Step 3 assesses the examinee's ability to apply medical knowledge and the understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine, with emphasis on patient management in independent settings. This exam is taken during the Match application season.

Step 4
Secure a hospital residency in the US:
Residency Match and US Residency Training
Most hospitals select residency candidates from applicants who participate in the "Match". This system of matching candidates to residency training positions allows you to interview and rank preferences, while simultaneously allowing the hospitals to rank those they have interviewed. The preference lists are merged by computer at the National Resident Matching Programme (NRMP) Results are announced annually in March.

You have to be a resident at US hospitals from 3 years (GP) to 7 years (Specialist) to practise.

Generally, hospitals look for USMLE scores above 200/82, the higher the better. They also prefer US hospital experience, and a variety of hospital experiences or internships, and letters of recommendation from physicians with whom you have worked. A personal statement outlining goals , reasons for entering the profession, and special interests is also required.



Plan ahead with us - Pacific Region Education Consultancy (PREC) - you need to secure hospital internships, polish up your resume, personal statement etc.

Application Requirements:
Medical graduates of a medical school on the FAIMER directory. You can find the list on https://imed.faimer.org

Students should have about IELTS 6.0 or equivalent before commencing this program.

Application Checklist:
  1. Certified and Translated copies of your medical degree and transcript
  2. Proof of your English proficiency
  3. Copy of passport
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Letters of Recommendation
  6. Resume
Fees
Total tuition fees in NZ : NZ$10750
Total tuition fees in USA: around US$15000 (to be advised further upon placement)
Exam fees
USMLE Step 1 Exam US$920
USMLE Step 2 Exam US$935
NZREX Clinical Exam NZ$3834
Counselling and Placement Fees
US$1000 or NZ$1000


Application

To apply, please complete this form online and we will follow-up with you as soon as possible.



For further information please contact Mdm Lily Kong at prec@studyandmigrate.com