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Body Language & Miscellaneous

Body Language:
  • Offer a warm friendly handshake—full hand--not tips of the fingers!  No bone-crushing grip!
  • If you suffer from sweaty hands, the best thing to do is carry a handkerchief or tissue-- discretely wiping your hands on it prior to your interview.
  • Sit up straight with the small of your back planted firmly against the back of your chair
  • Keep your feet on the floor
  • Do not rest your hands on your face!  Keep your hands on your lap, knees, or on the arms of the chair.  Putting your arms inside the arms of the chair will minimize your size and give you an appearance of insecurity.
  • Look your interviewer(s) in the eyes when you are talking.
  • Don’t forget to smile!
  • Do not drink beverages during the interview.
  • Do not chew gum
  • You may refer to questions in a folder, but do not take notes.  Jot things down once you are done interviewing.

Body Language & Miscellaneous


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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
The Three Steps of the USMLE
Step 1 tests the important concepts of basic sciences basic to the practice of medicine. It also places special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine. It also tests the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 CK tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision. It also includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 CK ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills.
Step 2 CS tests your capacity to practice and provide good medical service in real-life situations. It also tests your communication skills.
Step 3 tests your medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.


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