Step prep

To acquire a medical license in the United States, all physicians must successfully pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®). This three-part exam is designed to assess the test-taker's knowledge of the fundamentals of health and disease and their ability to apply their skills to execute safe and effective patient-centered care. Wayne State University School of Medicine requires medical students to take and pass the USMLE Step 1 and the USMLE Step 2 CK exams. The following overview of these two exams has been adapted from the USMLE website.

  • Step 1 is administered in one-day and is designed to assess the test-taker's knowledge and application of sciences that are basic to the practice of medicine. 
  • Step 2 CK is administered in one-day and is a clinical knowledge exam that is designed to assess the test-taker's application of medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential to the delivery of supervised patient care. This exam places an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. 

The Office of Learning and Teaching has curated resources to support students who are preparing to take the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK examinations.

Step 1 prep Canvas course

Are you currently in your M2 year? | Are you currently in your dedicated study period for Step 1? | Looking for Step 1 preparation course?

Remember to enroll in MD2 Step 1 Prep Canvas course.  For more information on this course, please contact Dr. Jean Peduzzi-Nelson at You can also reach out to Dr. Zsa Zsa Booker at  

Step 2 CK resources

Extending Your UWorld Subscription

As previously mentioned, WSUSOM does not pay for UWorld extensions beyond the one-year subscription.

If you need to extend your UWorld subscription, you should plan to do so before to expires to be eligible for reduced rates. You will see the reduced rates from inside your personal UWorld subscription. The following information was accessed on February 28, 2022, under the "Subscriptions" tab.

How can I renew/extend my subscription?

Please use the following steps to purchase a renewal for your subscription:

  • Log in to your account on our website.
  • Click on the user icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Click on the renew button corresponding to your subscription.
  • Select the Renewal duration you wish to purchase.
  • Verify your profile information, address, and educational status, then click the update button.
  • Enter your Billing address and credit/debit card information, then click review rrder.
  • Verify that the correct package is in your cart and click place order.

Upon a successful transaction, you will be sent a confirmation email receipt.

A renewal is an extension of time to continue accessing an active subscription, and it will not start the subscription over, provide a reset, or grant access to additional questions that were not previously accessible. Because a renewal is an extension to an already active subscription, it is effective from the existing expiration date, not from the date of purchase, and cannot be deferred in any way to start at a later date/time.

Please note that to qualify for renewal pricing, you will need to renew the course before it expires. Renewals are not offered to expired subscriptions. If you fail to secure a renewal before the expiration date, you will need to purchase a new subscription at the regular price directly from our website to regain access to the material.

Additional resources