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Am I taking Step 2 too late???

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anonperson

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I'm currently a 3rd year and planning to apply to Ob-Gyn residency. My step 1 is a 240. I have a few 3rd yr "honors" and all other rotations are "high pass." I have some research experience with 2 first author poster presentations, no publications :( I've decided to schedule rotations in ob-gyn the first 4 months of 4th year to ensure I have opportunities for great LORs, as such I will not be taking Step 2 CK until the end of September. Is this too late? Is a 240 on Step 1 good enough to be offered interviews at a few of the "better/best" programs without them seeing a Step 2 score?

Thanks in advance for any advice. Sorry if this is a repeated topic, but I did some searching and was not able to find a specific answer to this question on other threads.

You should be fine. Your step 1 score won't prevent you from interviewing from "better" programs. You can take step 2 to get it out of the way but you don't need to take it necessarily for programs to see.
 

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Seems reasonable. Of course programs are going to be interested in your step II score but your step I will get you interviews and then when you get your step II back it will just serve to help them decide where to rank you.

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I'll be honest, I did frankly poorly on my Step 1, great on my Step 2, had a pretty even mix of HP/Honors, yet got all the interviews I wanted and matched to my first choice program. You'll be fine whenever you take step 2. Ob/Gyn compared to many other specialties (at least in my own interview experience) is really more interested in you as a person and what you personally can contribute to the field than in your grades.
 

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Let me go ahead and second what relocin said. I had the exact same situation. OB will surprise you on where you will get interviews and at least in my case my letters were what were mentioned most. I agree on the statement that especially in our field that there is a greater emphasis on who you are, your work ethic, and your competency than strictly a test score (even though yours are great!)
 

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A lot of programs are starting to ask for Step II scores prior to interviews. I would check the websites of the programs that you are interested in to see what is required for interviews.
 
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