Reading this Bulletin of Information (BOI) is your first step in preparing to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) series. This guide has been developed based on the questions asked by examinees over recent years and will be a helpful resource to you. It is updated each year to answer your questions and serve as a reference as you navigate your journey to licensure.

When you apply for the USMLE, you will be asked to certify that you agree to comply with the policies and procedures within this USMLE BOI. If you are a returning examinee, you must read the USMLE BOI each time you register. It is subject to change, and the version applicable to you is the version in effect at the time of your examination.

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and NBME work together to co-sponsor the USMLE, which comprises Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 3. Passing each Step not only marks a milestone as you begin the next phase of your medical training and education, but also gets you closer to achieving your goal of obtaining a license to practice medicine in the United States.

As leaders of the USMLE program, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Our teams are here as resources for you. We are also always interested in improving your experience and supporting you on your journey. Feel free to touch base with us at any time.

Please visit the USMLE website or the NBME or FSMB websites to see everything available to make your journey smooth. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date news and information.

Congratulations on all of your achievements to date. We wish you the very best as you embark on your medical career!




Michael Jodoin, PhD

Vice President, USMLE



David Johnson, MA

Chief Assessment Officer

Federation of State Medical Boards