/////100 Percent of UAMS College of Medicine Seniors Pass National Exam
100 Percent of UAMS College of Medicine Seniors Pass National Exam 2018-01-05T09:15:55+00:00

FEB. 13, 2006 | One hundred percent of seniors in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine have passed a critical national exam, said College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.


A passing score on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam is required for licensure as a physician in the United States. The exam was implemented in the 2004-2005 school year to test medical students on their ability to apply their medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science in a patient-care setting.


To take the test, students must travel to one of five out-of-state testing facilities where they are required to demonstrate their ability to communicate one-on-one with a series of actors portraying patients.


“The students are presented with several scenarios they could encounter in their practice. They are observed as to how they approach and communicate with the patient as well as the diagnosis they make and plan of action they recommend,” said Richard Wheeler, M.D., professor of medicine and executive associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Medicine.


To help students develop their clinical skills and prepare for the test, the College of Medicine offers clinical-style experiences and exams throughout the four-year program. Students also have opportunities to practice their skills at the Clinical Skills Center on the UAMS campus. A new center featuring state-of-the-art equipment is set to open in March.


“We have required a clinical skills test for many years, and continue to put as much or more emphasis on this area as any medical school in the country,” Wheeler said. “Developing effective clinical skills is a vital part of the med school experience.”


The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam is part of a three-step testing process for medical licensure. The first exam, taken after the sophomore year, assesses a student’s understanding and application of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. The second exam includes separate clinical skills and clinical knowledge exams and is taken in the senior year. The final exam is taken after the first year of postgraduate study and assesses if the student possesses and can apply the medical knowledge and understanding of clinical science necessary for the unsupervised practice of medicine.


“The fact that all of our seniors passed this exam on the first try is a tribute to the efforts our students put into learning clinical skills. It also speaks volumes about our faculty who emphasize this area during all four years of the program,” Wheeler said.


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United States Medical Licensing Examination: www.usmle.org