University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 40
United States Medical Licensing Examination Pass Rates, 2000-01 to 2008-09

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

Sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners, the United States Medical Licensing Examination is the examination for medical licensure in the United States.

Step 1 assesses whether a student understands 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 2 assesses whether a student can apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical science, including emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 ensures that 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.

Step 2 has two components: Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS). Step 2 CK uses the multiple-choice examination format to test clinical knowledge. Step 2 CS uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.

Source: UCOP data collection.

You may view or download a table of the raw data used to generate these charts in CSV files, which can be opened in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.