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Approved Personal Item Exceptions for Usmle step 1 prep

USMLE have permitted some of the medically related instruments and other items in the test session. If you feel a need for a medical item during your test examination of subjects in USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CS, Step 2 CK or Usmle step 1 prep,  examination, these items will be there for you. There is no need to make a request to NBME for approval, you will have access to the items/instruments you need.

Devices/Item Related to Medicine/Medical

  • Slings for arm/Shoulder
  • Braces (Back, Neck, Wrist, Ankle or Leg etc)
  • Varying Bandages
  • Cervical/casts collar
  • Earplugs Foam (Only Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3)
  • Cough drops
  • Ophthalmology Related
  • Epi-Pen
  • Eye drops
  • Eye patches
  • Glucose monitor
  • Sugar tablets
  • Simple Magnifying Hand held glass
  • Cooling packs/Warm pads
  • Inhaler
  • Medical alert bracelet
  • Nitroglycerin tablets
  • Stools to evaluate a part of body/limb
  • lumbar support
  • Pill (if needed only)
  • Face masks
  • Walking boot casts


Aids/Items for Communication for Usmle step 1 prep

  • Hearing aid/wireless capability
  • Vocal cord magnifiers
  • Cochlear implant Should be used without Bluetooth

    Medical Device Attached to a Person’s Body

  • Heart rate monitoring device
  • Catheter (if needed)
  • Bag for Urine drainage
  • Colostomy bag
  • Insulin pump
  • Oxygen tank
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • TENS units

Mobility Devices Used in Usmle step 1 prep.

  • Walker
  • Wheelchair
  • Crutches

If you face a medical situation that needs some other items/devices NOT listed above, make a get throgh the NBME Personal Item Exception (PIE) Coordinator at [email protected] or 215-590-9700 for additional information on how to request a personal item exception. USMLE World is liable to provide the things you needed related to the subject examination.