Applying for USMLE exams (Step 1 and Step 2)

To apply for USMLE Step 1 exam, an applicant needs to:

1. Set up a profile with USMLE/ECFMG (for more information on the process, go here) and generate the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186);

2. Sign Form 186 at the School Office in the presence of an authorised staff member;

3. Provide a photograph in the format specified by the ECFMG, signed on the back with full name and surname and the USMLE/ ECFMG ID number;

4. Provide School Office with a completed and signed form of CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF USMLE TRANSCRIPT. The data obtained thereby by the School Office are only used for statistical purposes and are not shared with any third party. Submitting the form is obligatory.

Once Form 186 is signed by the Dean, it will be mailed directly to ECFMG by the School Office.

NOTE: Form 186 will only be processed for eligible applicants. Students are advised to consult the School Office regarding that matter prior to commencing the application process.


Eligibility for USMLE exams

On account of the fact that students’ performance in the USMLE exams (especially in the first attempt at Step 1) is a widely recognized gauge of the level of education provided by any given medical school, and determines whether or not the School is granted access to US federal financial aid programs, an applicant must meet a set of criteria to be considered eligible for the said exams.

When applying for USMLE exams, applicants need to:

1. be in good academic standing with the JUMC;

2. complete the basic medical science component of the medical school curriculum by the start of the eligibility period (i.e. the period in which the student can take the exam);

3. have a GPA of 3.0 or more;

4. have successfully passed Pharmacology and Pathology courses by the start date of the eligibility period;

Students with borderline performance (i.e. GPA between 3.3 and 3.0 or any failed coursework) will be required to sit the Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (cNBME), on the basis of which their eligibility will be determined. The required result is 74 points or more. Student’s application will be withheld until their academic performance is deemed satisfactory by the Dean.

5. JUMC medical students studying medicine in a language other than English need to provide a language certificate confirming their proficiency in English (full list of language certificates recognized by the JU MC is available here; Dz.U.218 z 2009r. poz. 1695, Załącznik nr 2, poz. 1-10, 11: 1a, 2a-f), and have a GPA of 3.5 or more.


Questions regarding eligibility for the USMLE exams can be directed here. It is recommended to check one’s status PRIOR to registering with the ECFMG.