What is USMLE?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

The USMLE program supports medical licensing authorities in the United States through its leadership in the development, delivery, and continual improvement of high-quality assessments across the continuum of physicians' preparation for practice.

Every year around 25,000 international medical graduates register to attempt USMLE, out of those only 73% (18,250 candidates) pass it at first attempt.

  • The foremost benefits of passing the USMLE tests are:
    1. To become eligible to apply to residency programs in the United States.
    2. To apply for fellowships in the US in All specialties to become a Specialist.
    3. To apply for licensure (practicing medicine) in Dubai, UAE, Qatar, etc.
  • After passing the first two steps, one is eligible for New Zealand Registration exam.
  • Along with USMLE, there will training for:
    1. MCCEE (The Medical Council of Canada evaluating Examination)
    2. AMLE (Australian Medical Licensing Examination)
    3. UK Medical Licensing Examination also available.

Passing any International Medical Licensing Examination is not a piece of cake. One needs strong determination, proven guidance, discreet methods, and of course passion for a global recognition. Considering this, we are about to create a history today.

Format of USMLE

This is a 3 step test.


  • Step 1 is a one-day examination. It is divided into seven 60-minute blocks and administered in one 8-hour testing session
  • The number of questions per block on a given examination form will vary, but will not exceed 40.
  • The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 280. It is available from Prometriccentre,Banani,Dhaka
  • Sample test materials are available at the USMLE Web site, in both downloadable computer format with tutorials, and as sample items in a booklet.
  • In addition, the practice materials on the Web site include items with associated audio or video findings.
  • Sections focusing on individual organ systems are subdivided according to normal and abnormal processes, including principles of therapy. Each Step 1 examination covers content related to the following traditionally defined disciplines:
    • anatomy
    • physiology
    • biochemistry
    • pharmacology
    • pathology
    • microbiology
    • behavioral sciences
    • biostatistics and epidemiology
    • aging
    • genetics
    • immunology
    • molecular and cell biology
    • nutrition


  1. CK – Clinical Knowledge
    • CK is a one-day examination. It is divided into eight 60-minute blocks and administered in one 9-hour testing session.
    • The number of questions per block on a given examination form will vary, but will not exceed 40.
    • The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 318.
    • It is available from Prometric centre, Banani, Dhaka.
  2. CS – Clinical Skills
    • This clinical skills examination is a separate component and it uses standardized patients to test examinees on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.
    • This is about 12 patient cases.
    • There will be 15 minutes for each patient encounter plus 10 minutes to record each patient note (PN) in computer software.
    • There will be eight hours for this test in another day.

This assesses the examinee's ability to 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.

Day 01 (FIP) – Foundations of Independent Practice

  • Approximately 240 MCQs divided into six 60 minute blocks, each containing approximately 40 questions.

Day 02 (ACM) – Advanced Clinical Medicine

  • Approximately 180 MCQs divided into six 45 minute blocks, each containing approximately 30 questions. 13 Computer based case simulations (CCS) will be there and each simulation is allotted a maximum of 10 to 20 minutes of real time.

North Western Medical Passport (Licensing) Preparatory Program for IMC Students

Starting in January of 2016, Northwestern Medical Review (NMR), the oldest live-lecture medical Licensing board preparation company in the world, is proudly offering the "Medical Passport Prep" program. The program is designed to facilitate entry of international medical graduates into the global medical job market. Using NMR's unique integrated and clinically-oriented TALLP teaching methodology, the Passport Prep courses are designed to prepare young international medical graduates (IMGs) for entry into the global medical job market in general, and into the Canadian, American, British and Australian markets in particular. To maximize the utility of Passport Prep Courses for improving the scores of NWMR students on their qualifying medical licensing examinations, two comprehensive packages are offered at designated international review sites; an integrated Basic Medical Sciences Review, and an integrated Clinical Sciences Review package.

NWMR Partnership with the International Medical College of Bangladesh

Northwestern Medical Review has entered into an agreement with the International Medical College of Bangladesh to prepare young physicians and students in their quest to enter the medical job markets in the US, Canada, England, and Australia.

IMC was chosen because of its reputation as an international medical school and hospital system with an outstanding record track of attracting and retaining international medical students. The centralized Asian location, and the peaceful political stance of Bangladesh is expected to ensure that IMC is a bridge to the global medical market for many years to come.

What You Will Learn

  • Integrated review of the commonly tested concepts and topics
  • Memorable ways to learn and retain subject review concepts
  • Unique medical board exam test-taking strategies
  • Design a realistic self-study plan that addresses your specific learning needs in preparation for your preferred qualifying examination

Northwestern Medical Review has helped many international students take the guesswork out of their board exams and help them score their highest.

At NMR your success is our success, and NWMR programs will ensure you are maximally prepared for your qualifying exams to practice in the United States, Canada, UK, or Australia?

On average students who take NWMR courses score higher than the national average for their respective qualifying exams.

North Western Medical Review Course Schedule

Course Director

Dr Jahan Eftekar, NWMR, USA
Live Course
10 day live course, February, 2018
Global Professional Testing Center, Plot# 01, Road# 01, Nikunja-2, Dhaka.
Online Course
Registration Open (120 hrs Lecture, Question bank, Model Exams)

High-Yield Live Review + Online Testbuster Access: What You Get

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    10 day basic medical science review covering high-yield topics and test-taking strategies

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    Comprehensive and entertaining lectures that incorporate mnemonics to help you memorize concepts and keep you energized

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    Experienced medical board lecturers and authors of Northwestern Medical Review books guiding you through all of the material

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    3 months of FREE bundled access to our Testbuster package, with over 170 hours of online lectures plus a guided study plan to navigate you through everything, so your review is complete and comprehensive

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    Follow-along workbooks to keep you focused on the lectures as you watch them

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    Follow-along workbooks to keep you focused on the lectures as you watch them

Question Bank: What You Get

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    Over 3000 exam-simulated questions written by our team of physicians

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    Wide spectrum of questions covering all the concepts you'll see on your board exam

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    Detailed explanations for all of our questions

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    New items added to the bank each month

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    Review your overall performance by topic

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    Ability to use the question bank in several ways:
    √ Exam Mode: complete a timed test and then review your performance
    √ Practice Mode: Receive immediate feedback as you move from question to question
    √ Select questions based on a search phrase, single discipline, multiple disciplines, and/or organ systems
    √ Select only unused questions if desired.

Facilities for Northwestern Medical Review Course Takers:

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    10 day Live course (8.00 am-5.00 pm) by American faculties. Twice a year.

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    On-line classes-120 hrs lectures on various topics.

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    Northwestern Medical Review approved Free Books and study materials.

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    Online Question Banks access for 3 months.

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    Special discount offer for IMC applicants and large groups.

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    Total Cost: US $500 (BDT 40,000/). Initial Registrationn with Tk 20,000 by Nov 30, 2017. Rest to be paid before Dec 31, 2017.