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. Have the Form 186 signed by a Notary Public, First Class Magistrate, Consular Official, or Commissioner of Oaths (unless the instructions from ECFMG stipulate otherwise);

3. 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.

4. Send the Form 186 (or have it sent by an appropriate entity, as per the ECFMG instructions) to ECFMG.

NOTE: Students are advised to consult the School Office regarding that matter prior to commencing the application process. Only eligible applicants will be approved by the School in the on-line verification.


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.

Comprehensive Basic Science Exam

On November 25, 2017 (Saturday) JU MC SME will hold a Comprehensive Basic Science exam. For more information on the exam, please visit here.

Everyone who intends to sit for Step 1 is encouraged to sit for cNBME to gauge their level of preparedness for Step 1. Also, persons, whose academic performance is considered borderline (GPA between 3.0 and 3.3), need to sit the exam and achieve the required score (see above) to be cleared for the Step 1.

The exam will take place at 9 am in CDK at ul. św. Łazarza 16, Aula A.

Spots offered: 40

Signing up for the exam: until November 20, 2017, or until spots are available.

First come, first served.

There is no fee for the exam.

To sign up, fill in the form.