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. Step 1 ensures mastery of not only the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine in the present, but also the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision and includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine.
USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Examination
From the year 2004, the USMLE step 2 consists of 2 parts. Part 1 consists of Multiple choice questions called CK and the part 2 consists of The clinical skills examination, called Step 2 CS.
Step 3 assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine, with emphasis on patient management in ambulatory settings. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.
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CCS is part of the USMLE Step 3 exam. While it is half a day in a 2 day exam, it causes most of the anxiety associated with Step 3 exam for most test takers. A good understanding of the cases and the software used is essential to aid in the proper understanding of the exam.