Good USMLE Step 2 score compensate for Step 1 score

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  1. yowhatup

    yowhatup Banned

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    Being an AMG, can a moderately good USMLE Step 2 score of about 235 compensate a extremely low USMLE Step 1 score of about 200? Could EM and Anesthesia be possibilities still?

    IMO, USMLE step 2 is far more relevant to clinical work than Step 1.
     
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  3. medsRus

    medsRus 2+ Year Member

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    As an AMG, sure. But, IMGs need much more... Step 1 is the most important of all boards.
     
  4. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Not compensate totally, but it can help.
     
  5. winner123

    winner123 Banned 2+ Year Member

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    I think it would have been much worse had it been below three digit score of 200.
    Good Luck.
     
  6. asmallchild

    asmallchild Lifetime Donor SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

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    It may be far more relevant but most programs put a much heavier emphasis on step 1
     
  7. medsRus

    medsRus 2+ Year Member

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    Absolutely correct... Step 1 is the most important board exam, period.
     
  8. radslooking

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    part of the problem with step 2 is people know the effort is much more variable than step 1. Lots of people take step 2 as an afterthought. Much more difficult to differentiate between applicants that way. But yes, it can help, if it is pretty high.
     
  9. AmoryBlaine

    AmoryBlaine the last tycoon 7+ Year Member

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    EM and Anesth are still open to you with those scores.

    It doesn't matter what you think of the exams.
     
  10. RxnMan

    RxnMan Who, me? A doctor? Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Take a look at the results of the SDN EM Match Survey (link in my sig). The information there may help you figure things out.
     
  11. septoplasty

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    Dont mean to beat a dead horse.. but I just got my step score back (i'm a CMG) any hope left other than FP/IM? (No visa issues/etc)
     
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  12. TexasPhysician

    TexasPhysician SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

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    Agreed. I have friends that matched both EM and Gas with lower step 1s. One friend matched to top choice EM with a 198 step 1. It was her top choice of any program in the nation (medium competitiveness program in my opinion).
     
  13. septoplasty

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    What do you think may have helped her the most?
     
  14. TexasPhysician

    TexasPhysician SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

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    Away rotations, honors in EM rotation.
     
  15. mlw03

    mlw03 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    agree with above.
     
  16. septoplasty

    septoplasty Exceptional 5+ Year Member

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    What happens if it was a disastrous? Looking to other specialties the only option?
     
  17. mlw03

    mlw03 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Possibly. Not getting an ortho spot with 200, in all likelihood.
     
  18. septoplasty

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    Ofcourse! Was aiming for EM, but even that seems far fetched right now (any program will do)
     

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