In order to apply for United States medical residency programs, and eventually become licensed in the U.S. to practice medicine, students must pass the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE). The exams are divided into four distinct parts. The Step 1 Exam is the most difficult of these exams. Preparation for this exam should begin from the first day you begin your studies at UQ. It is impossible to do well on the Step 1 Exam if you wait to begin your preparations one or two months before the test. 

View these videos developed for UQ-Ochsner students by UQ-Ochsner graduates.

Ochsner students are provided with a number of resources to support their study for the United States Medical Licensing Exams. 

Phase 1

  • Becker Professional Education Package
    • 24-month access to Becker's eCoach Interactive eBooks with multimedia resources (audio, video, 3D animations and other interactive features). Over 200 hours of instruction covering the following disciplines: anatomy; behavioural science; biochemistry; immunology; medical genetics; microbiology; pathology; pharmacology; physiology.
    • 24-month access to Becker's Step 1 Question Bank.
    • 5 hours of Live Online customized review each quarter, in Semesters 1 and 2 (March, May, August, and October), with Doctor Lionel Raymon. Dr Raymon will utilise his Integrated Cases deliver style to provide customized instruction reflecting the UQ curriculum content covered during each quarter. The classes are administered using Adobe Connect on weekends. Details are provided to Ochsner students via the Ochsner Phase 1 Community Site on Blackboard.
  • First Aid for USMLE Step 1 book
  • 6-month access to USMLEWorld QBank
  • 3 NBME Practice Exams

In Year 1

  • First Aid for USMLE Step 1 book
  • Becker's eCoach Interactive eBooks
  • Becker's Qbank
  • 4 live online first-year Becker tutorials

In Year 2

  • First Aid for USMLE Step 1 book
  • Becker's eCoach Interactive eBooks
  • Becker's Qbank
  • 4 live online second-year Becker tutorials
  • 6-month access to USMLEWorld QBank (provided in second half of the year)
  • 3 NBME Practice Exams
View the Step 1 Study Plan.

In Phase 2

  • USMLEWorld QBank
    • 6-month access to USMLEWorld QBank for USMLE Step CK + Self-Assessment Form 1 (2 weeks)
    • Vouchers are provided to students after beginning Year 3 and upon successfully passing USMLE Step 1. The first batch of vouchers are distributed at the end of January each year. Students do not need to submit anything to OCS Student Affairs to receive the vouchers. Our office receives the scores directly from ECFMG. The vouchers can be activated at a later date, without any deadline for activation.
  • Online resources to USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS are available through the Ochsner Medical Library. Students receive access to the Ochsner Medical Library online resources upon beginning Year 3.
  • Simulated Step 2 CS practice exam offered by the Ochsner Clinical School
View the Step 2 Study Plan.

Refer to the Ochsner Program Timeline section for additional details.

Phase 1 Student Contact

For all enquiries regarding Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2), please contact the Ochsner Partnership Advisor in Brisbane: 

Phone: +61 7 3346 4866

Phase 2 Student Contact

For all enquiries regarding Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4), please contact the Ochsner Clinical School Office of Student Affairs in New Orleans:

Phone: +1 504 842 0197