The United States Medical Licensing Exam
If you thought a medical degree was enough to take you around the world, you would be wrong. Shankar Sikri explains the exams you need to pass to work in the United States
- By: Shankar Sikri
For better or for worse, exams are an ever present feature of a medical life. From the first few months at medical school, students are bombarded with all kinds of exams. Why then would anyone volunteer to sit more? This is exactly what I asked myself when I first heard of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Like many medical students, I had always thought working in the USA would be an interesting and useful experience, even if it were only for a few years. I knew next to nothing about the process of getting licensed to work there until a couple of years ago when a few friends mentioned that they were contemplating doing the USMLE. I managed to find out a bit more about the whole process and after talking to a few people (not least my parents, who had to fund the process), decided that my