FEB. 13, 2006 | One hundred percent of seniors in the
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
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
To help students develop their clinical skills and prepare for the test, the
“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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