D.O. Taking USMLE Step II CK

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  1. Jlaws67

    Jlaws67 2+ Year Member

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    Did a search, couldn't quite find anything that related to my question. I'm a 3rd year D.O. looking at Anesthesiology. I've got particularly strong step I USMLE scores(260+) and I'm at a dilemma as to whether or not I should take USMLE IICK, as there's a pretty reasonable chance I won't match my Step I score. Can anyone here provide me with any insight towards my situation? Is it worth taking the risk that my score could potentially decrease on the 2nd step?
     
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  3. step213

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    if you did well in third year, i say take it. I had a similiar step 1 and still did better on step 2 even with less studying. The curve on step 2 is REALLY easy, and a strong step 2 can really help your application as a whole imo. On a couple of my first interviews I was even asked "where is your step 2 ck score".
     
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    2010houston Resident 7+ Year Member

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    I agree w step213. I think even if you did happen to drop a little (which as s/he said is not terribly likely), having a step 2ck in that general vicinity will be a an asset to your app. Good luck-
     
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    kazuma ASA Member 5+ Year Member

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    I agree, you should take step 2, you will likely be glad you did. Take it early enough that the score will be back in time for your ERAS submission deadline.
     
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    thethethe 5+ Year Member

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    If you are worried, I suggest taking it but after your ERAS application is sent out. Then you can control if you want to release your scores or not.
     
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    kazuma ASA Member 5+ Year Member

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    You'd have to verify this, but IIRC, programs can see if the exam was taken even if the score is not released. I thought I remember it being a red flag if the exam was taken but the score not released. Perhaps back in the day it was an option to take the exam and hide the score, but I don't think that is an option anymore.

    IMO the best option is to buy a 6month UWorld subscription now and start pounding through questions, (at least 2x through) and kill step 2 in June/early July before you start your Sub-I's or away rotations. DIT is another good study source if you have the cash. If you did well on step 1 and you are doing well on your rotations, you should be able to do well on step 2 if you start studying now.
     
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    thethethe 5+ Year Member

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    it was still an option this year, so unless something changes from now to next year, it should be ok
     
  9. pretender

    pretender 5+ Year Member

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    I'm a DO 4th year applying anesthesia right and I would recommend taking it. If you got a 260+ on step 1 you will do just fine on step 2. I understand that you think it will look weird if you score a 260+ on step 1 and then a 220 on step 2, but I doubt you will score below a 240 if you crushed step 1 that hard. Take the USMLE, then study some OMM for a week and take the COMLEX. I got 230+ on both and I have had plenty of interviews.
    The keys for any DO:
    -Score 230+ on Step 1 and Step 2
    -do away rotations to get to know people
    -apply broadly
    -don't be unattractive at interviews
     

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