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USMLE preparation courses

USMLE – prepare before you take the exam!

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination to obtain license to practice Medicine in the United States of America. Other countries (e.g. Israel) are planning to use these standards for foreign medical graduates intending to practice on their territory. Its purpose is to provide a standardized assessment of both US and foreign graduates to guarantee minimal standards of qualification.

The results of students and graduates from respective medical schools on this exam are followed, and used for comparing the schools as well as granting (or withdrawing) their accreditation in the US. It is wise also for the individual to attempt these exams well prepared for several reasons: 1) they are costly; 2) they can not be taken infinite number of times; 3) their results are used by hospitals for residency matching.

More about these exams (as the exact rules change constantly) can be found here:

Since the test format differs quite a bit from the way testing and examination is performed at the First Faculty of Medicine, the candidates are advised to prepare using dedicated resources, in addition to reviewing their course materials. There is a plethora of books and online resources on this subject.

We have partnered with the University of Debrecen, Hungary, which is offering a Kaplan USMLE Step 1 Preparatory Course in summer of 2017 in both electronic and live format:

Students registering from our school are entitled to a discount using a promo code KAPLAN2017. Discount is 50%.

Our long-time collaborator in Israel, Medical Doctor International Studies (Dr. Moshe Cohen), is currently developing an online course aimed to help students to prepare for this examination.

Another UK-based agency, Medical Doorway (Mr. Ben Ambrose) is offering some Kaplan-based free preparatory resources:

We sincerely wish you good luck at these exams and hope that your performance will help to uphold our reputation worldwide.

David Sedmera

Vice Dean for International Students


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