As of last knowledge update in September 2021, the process for taking the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) for individuals in Pakistan typically involves the following steps:
Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements to take the USMLE. These requirements include being a medical student or graduate from a medical school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
2. **Register for an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) Account:**
– Create an account on the ECFMG website (www.ecfmg.org).
– Complete the Application for ECFMG Certification (ECFMG Form 186) and submit it to your medical school’s dean’s office for verification.
3. **Obtain ECFMG Certification:**
Once ECFMG verifies your eligibility and your medical school’s verification, you will receive an ECFMG Certificate. This is necessary for applying to the USMLE exams.
4. **Apply for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK:**
Use your ECFMG account to apply for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) exams through the ECFMG website.
5. **Scheduling Prometric Testing Center:**
After you receive scheduling permits for your exams, you can schedule your exam dates at a Prometric Testing Center. Prometric has test centers in various cities in Pakistan.
6. **USMLE Step 3:**
If you plan to take USMLE Step 3, you can apply for it after passing Step 1 and Step 2 CK. The application process is also through ECFMG.
7. **Visa Requirements:**
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may need to apply for a visa to enter the United States for your exams. Be sure to check the latest visa requirements and application procedures with the U.S. embassy or consulate in Pakistan.
8. **Prepare for the Exams:**
While you are waiting for your exam dates, use this time to prepare thoroughly for the USMLE exams. Utilize study materials, question banks, and practice exams to help you succeed.
9. **Taking the Exams:**
On the scheduled exam dates, go to the Prometric Testing Center and take your exams.
10. **Receiving Scores:**
USMLE exam scores are typically available a few weeks after you take the exams. You can access your scores through the ECFMG website.
Please note that the process and requirements may change over time, so it’s crucial to check the official websites of the ECFMG and USMLE for the most up-to-date information and guidelines. Additionally, consider reaching out to the ECFMG for specific guidance regarding your situation and the latest requirements for taking the USMLE exams in Pakistan.