The United States Medical Licensing Examination, also known as USMLE, is a nationally recognized third-step exam system for obtaining medical licensure in the United States, as well as several other countries. It is administered by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, both of which are located in San Francisco, California. To become a member of these associations, you need to be a resident of the state that issued your license, and you must pass the examination with a score of at least 720. The exam can be taken online or through the mail, depending on the site you choose. Applications are available from local Board offices or can be requested online at the Board's website. You must mail all required paperwork by a specific date and wait for the result within a given time.
As a preparation tool, the examination helps aspiring medical professionals in meeting the criteria for licensure, as well as learning about the processes involved and the requirements specific to each state. It is a valuable educational aid for those considering a career in medical assisting, patient-centered care, research, and doctors who plan to become researchers or teach in these areas. Online preparation has been shown to produce the highest success rates, and many who take advantage of the study have become full-fledged medical educators.
Medical school prepares students for the USMLE and additional licensing examinations in specific areas. The assessment is administered by the USMLE itself, in collaboration with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). In Maryland, all licensed physicians must take an examination following graduation from a graduate-level medical school, and passing this exam guarantees a minimum level of medical competence. All graduated residents, including resident physicians, must take a written proficiency examination from the International Practice Examination for physicians, which is also known as the IPE.
Maryland's General Practitioner Organization (GPO) also administers the examination. Becoming a member of the GPO is a prerequisite for Maryland medical school graduates to practice medicine in the state. In addition to taking and passing the GPT, prospective patients are required to participate in rotations at hospitals within the jurisdiction they receive instruction. These include an internship, a clerkship, or a residency in a local hospital.
Medical examiners undergo two basic steps: inspection and investigation. The chief function of this step is to rule out, through the examiners' observations, any potential issues with a practitioner's ability to practice. If no problems are identified, the licensing authority will review the records maintained by the Maryland State Licensing Board and other relevant sources. At this point, the Licensing Authority will determine whether or not a physician is licensed to practice. Once this step has been completed, the license will be issued to the licensed physician.
Licensing authorities in Maryland have the option of sending the Physicians' Application to the division of the state medical board for further review and processing. For physicians working outside of Maryland but resident in the state, the application process can be delegated to a responsible party. Similarly, for individuals who meet the general qualifications for licensure but do not meet the geographic requirements for licensing in Maryland, the process can be delegated to a responsible party. Once the license has been granted, Maryland residents may take the qualifying exam to receive a medical examination certification card.