David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Graduate Medical Education
Policy - USMLE Requirements
Successful completion of USMLE is necessary to obtain a California medical license, which is required for appointment or continuation in any UCLA postgraduate training program after the 2nd or 3rd postgraduate year, in accordance with California licensing regulations.

Residents will be required to sign a statement at the time of appointment, acknowledging that they understand and will comply with this policy. The policy will be made available to residents and applicants on the GME website.

  • Incoming PGY 1 residents are required to take and pass USMLE Step 1 and 2 (CS and CK) before the beginning of their training at UCLA. They must provide their program director with copies of their USMLE scores to document their successful completion of these examinations.
  • For residents starting at the PGY 2 level from an outside institution, the program director should confirm passage of USMLE Steps 1 and 2 one year in advance of the start of their training year at UCLA.

  • All UCLA PGY 1 residents must take the USMLE Step 3 examination during their first year of postgraduate training (no later than June 30). Residents are required to notify their program director of the results of the USMLE Step 3 exam upon receiving their results (pass/fail).
  • For residents accepted into training programs at UCLA after completing their first year of training at another institution (at the PGY 2 level), they must have successfully completed USMLE Step 3 prior to beginning training at UCLA. Residents are required to provide their program director with a copy of their USMLE Step 3 scores to document this.
  • Residents who fail Step 3 must apply to re-take the exam within 90 days.
  • UCLA residents who have not passed Step 3 by January 1 of their second postgraduate year (PGY 2) will receive notification that they will not be reappointed as a PGY 3.

  • Reviewed and accepted by GMEC 1/25/10

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