Licensure to Practice Medicine

RUSM graduates must be certified by the ECFMG to practice medicine in the United States. Steps to certification include graduation from a school listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and successful completion of Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE.

Studentswill take the USMLE Steps 1 and 2 during theirtime at RUSM. Step 1 is a test assessing the application of basic medical sciences in patient care. USMLE Step 2 consists of two examinations: a CK exam and a CS exam. Prior to sitting for these exams, students must apply and be ECFMG certified by the Office of the Registrar.

To ensure adequate processing on ECFMG certification of their degree, students are strongly encouraged to complete all degree requirements 60 days prior to their graduation date.

RUSM graduates must also pass the USMLE Step 3 test to be licensed to practice medicine in the United States.  Students may sit for the USMLE Step 3 test following graduation, during residency, or upon conclusion of residency, depending on state board requirements. More information may be obtained from the ECFMG at:


3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104–2685
Telephone: (215) 386–5900
Fax: (215) 387–9196

RUSM does not control state licensing requirements, and graduation from RUSM alone does not ensure that graduatesmay be licensed to practice medicine in every state.  While RUSM will assist students with state licensure during school and after graduation, students are ultimately responsible for knowing and ensuring that they meet the licensing requirements of each state in which they may wish to practice.

RUSM may be called upon by State Medical Boards, ECFMG, Federation Credentials Verification Service, Government Agencies, and Employers to report unusual circumstances that may have occurred during the course of a graduate’smedical education.  These include but are not limited to: