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Having a hard time studying for Step 2...

Discussion in 'Dermatology' started by dermhopeful, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. dermhopeful


    Mar 16, 2014
    260+ on step 1

    I keep hearing that it really doesn't matter at all, except for a very few select schools that require it.

    Is this true? If not, maybe hearing it isn't from someone more knowledgeable about this entire process will motivate me.

    Thank you all :)
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  3. Dral

    Dral Physician PhD 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    How many other people have 260+?


    How many of them will rock step 2?


    How many things does that give them above what you have if you don't also rock it?

    At least 1.

    Get studying!
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  4. asmallchild

    asmallchild Moderator Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Every little thing helps, I agree Step 2 isn't as important as Step 1. But it won't look good to have a significant drop from Step 1 -> Step 2
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  5. dermhopeful


    Mar 16, 2014
    Looking at charting outcomes last year, seems like just over 50 which definitely can't be considered a lot... right??

    lol jk, thanks

    Do we even have to release step 2 scores?
  6. dermie1985

    dermie1985 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2013
    For schools that require it, it's usually a result of a institutional-based requirement for ALL residents (from any specialty) to have passed Step 1/2CS/2CK before ranking them. They want to avoid the awkward position of having a ranked intern/resident who fails these exams and isn't able to advance to intern year/residency. So, they're mainly looking for a pass on Step 2 CS and CK at the very least.

    For actual ranking purposes, I think programs have trouble using Step 2 CK scores as "most" schools will only have them available for a small number of students by match time and thus it can be difficult to be used for comparison. Step 1 is an easier metric because that is available from ALL applicants. Certainly a score much higher or lower than your Step 1 could make a difference, but judging from my classmates.... your performance on Step 2 usually mirrors your performance on Step 1 in 90% of they're both relatively similar exams in the broader sense.

    For actually worrying about studying for the exam.... Step 2 CK studying is generally low yield. You've been taking shelf exams and working in clinics for greater than 12 months now and that's where most of your knowledge-base is going to come from (not from 2-3 weeks of studying...that's just integration time). I remember being bored for the 3 weeks I took to study for it, just because I had already seen the material so many times before. I don't think you need to do better than your Step 1 (if you have a 260, that's hard to accomplish), but I'd try and avoid a significant lower score (i.e. don't score in the 220s or maybe even 230s).

    But, I would't sweat too much. The vast majority of programs won't see your score anyway at this point.
  7. DermViser

    DermViser 5+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    The only programs I know so far that require Step 2 seem to be UCSF and Cleveland Clinic.

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