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US Medical Licensing Examination workshop

Take your medical career to the United States
Sydney Medical School is pleased to offer this intensive course for medical students and medical graduates intending to undertake Step 1 of the US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).


The intensive course is led by Professor Frederic Wondisford MD, Chair of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School in Brunswick, New Jersey. Professor Wondisford is a distinguished endocrinologist and physiologist and is renowned as a medical teacher.

He has led five similar USMLE Step 1 intensive courses for University of Sydney medical students since 2013, and the Sydney Medical School is now making the course more widely available.

Accompanying Professor Wondisford is Professor Sally Radovick, Head of Paediatrics at Rutgers RWJ Medical School, who has been extensively involved in residency selection processes in the US. She will be available to provide advice on residency applications, selection processes and career planning.

Course details

The course comprises of three components, which will be held on the University of Sydney Camperdown campus. Participants will be informed of venue details. Sessions will not be available remotely or at other sites.

NB: All information below refers to the 2018 course.

At the start, all participants will take a pre-test set by the US National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). This pre-test, comprising multiple-choice questions, simulates the format and standard of the USMLE Step 1.

It will be held between 8.30am and 1.00pm on Friday 16 November 2018. Participants will receive detailed feedback from the NBME on their performance in the pre-test.

A 12-day intensive course, conducted by Professor Wondisford, will be held from Monday 19 November to Saturday 1 December 2018 inclusive (except Sunday 25 November, which is a free day).

The intensive course will comprise of: interactive lectures covering each body system; interactive quizzes; and self-assessments on each body system, consisting of multiple-choice questions simulating USMLE questions, and the opportunity to seek help on any difficulties that individuals encounter.

The duration of the program will vary slightly from day to day, but participants should plan to attend from 8.30 am to 4pm. Some time will be set aside for discussion with Professor Radovick on US residencies and the residency matching system.

A post-test held from 8.30 am to 1pm on Monday 3 December 2018. The post-test will have the same format as the pre-test and will be provided by the NBME.

Again, participants will receive detailed feedback on their performance from the NBME, and post-test results are likely to be indicative of USMLE Step 1 results.

Key information

16 Nov - 3 Dec, 2018

2019 dates TBC

Location Camperdown campus (exact location TBC)
Parking All day parking is available on campus for $6 weekends, $24 weekdays
Course fees
  • For Sydney Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program international students, the course fee is waived.
  • For Sydney MD Program domestic students - A$500
  • For medical students (other than current Sydney MD Program students) – A$1200
  • For medical graduates currently enrolled in University of Sydney postgraduate medical courses – A$1500
  • For other medical graduates – A$2500
  • NBME examination fees for the pre-test and post-test
  • Tuition
  • Morning tea on each day
  • Lunch on each Saturday
Registration Numbers are strictly limited and will be accepted in order of application.
Terms and conditions (pdf, 97.7kb)

Who should do the course?

  • Any medical practitioner preparing for the USMLE.
  • Any medical student who intends to take the USMLE and has completed the components of a medical school course covering biomedical sciences relating to all body systems.

Please note, visa sponsorship is not available for this course.

What do I need to bring?

  • a printed copy of the book: Le T, Bhushan V, Sochat M. First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018. A Student-to-Student Guide. McGraw-Hill Education, New York 2017 (you will need the 2018 edition)
  • a laptop computer or tablet
  • headphones or earphones.