USMLE

USMLE Certification Process

Every time a student applies for an eligibility period to sit for the USMLE Step 1, Step 2CS and Step 2CK,
Saint James School of Medicine must certify the student’s status with the school before ECFMG will
approve them. SJSM has established a unique set of requirements for each USMLE exam the student must
meet before the school will complete the certification process.
USMLE Step 1 Requirements

Click here for Step 1 Eligibility Flow Chart.

NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Exam Prequalification Requirement
All students are required to pass the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Exam (CBSE) as a
prequalification requirement. Students may attempt the NBME CBSE as many times as necessary to pass and
they will be required to take and pass the NBME every time they are certified for Step 1.

Eligibility for NBME CBSE

  • Must successfully complete both courses of AICM (the fifth semester).
  • Must be in good academic and financial standing.
  • If the student has previously failed an attempt of the NBME CBSE or the USMLE Step 1, they must complete an academic counseling session with a member of the Office of the Dean of Clinical Science before retaking the exam.

Passing Scores for NBME CBSE

  • The passing score will be based on the equivalent USMLE Step 1 score provided on the score report.
  • A higher passing score is required for the third and fourth certifications.
    • First and Second Certifications: ≥192 USMLE Step 1 equivalent
    • Third and Fourth Certifications: ≥207 USMLE Step 1 equivalent

Academic and Financial Standing
Must be in good academic and financial standing at the time they are certified for Step 1.

NEED TO KNOW: Any student who does not pass Step 1 after their fourth certification will be
dismissed even if the student did not sit for the exam after being certified.

USMLE Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK Requirements
Graduation Paper Proposal
All students are required to submit their graduation paper proposal prior to being certified for whichever Step
2 exam they are taking first.

Completions of Core Rotations
All students are required to complete certain core rotations based on the date they will be certified.

 

June 1, 2016 or later (3) September 1, 2017 or later (all 6)
Family Medicine Family Medicine  Pediatrics
Internal Medicine  Internal Medicine Psychiatry
Surgery Surgery OBGYN

NBME Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam Prequalification Requirement (ONLY Step 2 CK)
All students are required to pass the NBME Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam (CCSE) as a
prequalification requirement. Students must retake and pass the NBME CCSE every time they are certified
for Step 2 CK. There is no prequalification exam required for Step 2 CS.

Eligibility for NBME CCSE

  • Complete the core rotation requirements listed above.
  • Must be in good academic and financial standing.

Passing Scores for NBME CCSE

  • For the NBME CCSE, the passing score will be based on the equivalent USMLE Step 2 CK score provided on the score report.
  • For all certifications, must score ≥209 USMLE Step 2 CK equivalent.

Academic and Financial Standing
Must be in good academic and financial standing at the time they are certified for Step 2 CK and CS.

How to Request Certification

First Certification
Students must submit a paper ECFMG Form 186 to initiate their first certification for Step 1 within 30 days
of passing a prequalification exam. The form can also be sent prior to the exam date to expedite the process;
however it will not be approved until the exam is passed.
Process for Completing Form 186:

  • Go to ECFMG website (www.ecfmg.org).
  • Create profile.
  • Get USMLE ID number.
  • Fill out online form Interactive Web Application (IWA).
  • Select “eligibility period”.
  • Pay appropriate application fees to ECFMG.
  • Print Form 186 – “certification statement”.
  • Sign and date the Form 186, and attach passport size photo.
  • Mail completed Form 186 to Park Ridge Office.

All Other Certifications
The Form 186 is valid for five years. Applicants with a valid Form 186 can apply for exams or request
eligibility period extensions by completing only the on-line part of the application. Students must apply for
the certification within 30 days of passing a prequalification exam for Step 1 or Step 2 CK.

Save All Score Reports

Students are required to send/email/fax in score reports for all attempts for all USMLE exams. Students will
not be allowed to schedule rotations until a passing Step 1 score report is received by the school. Step 2 CS
and Step 2CK reports must also be provided as they are graduation requirements.