United States Medical Licensing Examination Medical Definition

What is the United States Medical Licensing Examination?” 

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  • United States Medical Licensing Examination

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) medical definition: Throughout the US and its territories there are individual medical licensing authorities (i.e. state medical boards) that grant or deny licenses to practice medicine. The USMLE is a common evaluation system for medical licensure that is used by these individual authorities. All medical students or professionals seeking to practice medicine must first pass the USMLE in order to practice allopathic medicine in the United States. 

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According to the USMLE website, the mission and goals of the exam are as follows:

  • To provide to licensing authorities meaningful information from assessments of physician characteristics—including medical knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes—that are important to the provision of safe and effective patient care.
  • To engage medical educators and their institutions, licensing authority members, and practicing clinicians in the design and development of these assessments.
  • To assure fairness and equity to physicians through the highest professional testing standards.
  • To continue to develop and improve assessments for licensure with the intent of assessing physicians more accurately and comprehensively.

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United States Medical Licensing Examination in Medical Malpractice Cases

At the heart of all medical malpractice cases is the proven basis that the standard of care was neglected by a physician or care giver that had the knowledge and skill to perform better. The USMLE creates a common assessment for all practicing US physicians to understand the responsibilities of their chosen career, the risks and rewards, as well as the knowledge to treat and help their patients to the best of their ability.

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