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Step 1: Step 1 assesses whether you understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. It is a multiple choice examination that is taken at the end of year 2, and must be passed prior to starting year 3. We recommend you register for the exam in the spring of your second year.  In order to register, go to the NBME website at

Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Exam: Step 2CK is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes clinical science material along two dimensions: physician task and disease category.  Students take this in the late summer of the third year or early fall of the fourth year.  We recommend that students register for this exam by March of the third year.  In order to register, go to the NBME website at

Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Exam: Step 2 CS uses standardized patients, i.e., people trained to portray real patients. The cases cover common and important situations that a physician is likely to encounter in clinics, doctors' offices, emergency departments, and hospital settings in the United States.  The exam is administered in five locations in the United States, the closest being Atlanta.  The week after the end of Third year is reserved for the CPX, an examination similar to the USMLE Step 2 CS exam.  The goals of the CPX are to: 1) prepare each student to take the USMLE Step 2 CS exam, 2) Identify and remediate students who might have difficulty on the Step 2CS exam, and 3) to provide a means for evaluation of the curriculum up to the end of the third year.   Scheduling fills up quickly, so we recommend that everyone schedule the exam for early in the fourth year, but register and reserve a space by February of the Third year.  You should take Step 2 CS by fall of your Fourth Year to ensure that results can be returned in time to complete requirements for graduation.  In order to register, go to the NBME website at