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AccessMedicine Resources

In the Self-Assessment section of AccessMedicine, there are links provided for  within Harrison's Online, Williams Obstetrics, and Lange Educational Library.

In the Cases section of AccessMedicine, basic science, clinical medicine, pathophysiology, and Hurst's Imaging cases are available for review.

 

About USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three step examination sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and National Board of Medical Examiners to obtain medical licensure in the United States.  


  • Step 1 tests basic science concepts important to the practice of medicine.  This part of the exam focuses on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy.  It also tests the scientific principle required for maintenance of compeence through lifelong learning. 
  • Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essentials for the provision of patient care under supervision.  There is a special emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.  It is organized according to an integrated content outline putting clinicla science materials along two dimensions: physician task and disease category.
  • Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) uses standardized patients to test medical students on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.
  • Step 3 assesses whether you possess and can apply the medical knowledge and understanding of clinical science considered essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine.  Step 3 emphasizes selected physician tasks like evaluating severity of patient problems and managing therapy.  

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