The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) exists for the purpose of making sure that physicians who are responsible for the health and wellbeing of the American public meet at least minimum requirements to be able to safely and effectively practise medicine. The examination itself has been growing in sheer difficulty, and complexity over the years, as the healthcare system itself been evolving.
Not withstanding all of the new advances in molecular medicine, the fundamentals of medicine remain the same, and the candidates who have a firm grounding in the fundamentals of medicine do well in these examinations.
Overall there has also been a drop in the total number of residency training positions, which has contributed to a physican shortage in almost all specialities. At the same time this has raised unprecedented opportunities for the best candidates.
In the coming years, US healthcare and medical education and the USMLE can be expected to continue to evolve and grow in complexity and challenges, but there will always be room for the best, no matter where these individuals may be from.
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