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is step 2 necessary if step 1 score is high?

Discussion in 'Radiology' started by coco09, May 7, 2008.

  1. coco09

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    I met with my Dept Chair of Radiology today and he mentioned that the program likes to see Step 2 scores in addition to Step 1. He said that the step 2 validates a good step 1 score.

    I have a high step 1 score, and the general consensus has been that I can take Step 2 late. But, now, since I talked to the Dept. Chair, I'm considering taking my Step 2 earlier and have it available for programs. It is a bit of a risk, since I could do poorer on Step 2, thus negating my good Step 1 score.

    What do people think? Do other programs like to see Step 2 even if Step 1 is good? It seems that since matching is so competitive, every extra brownie point seems to help.
     
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  3. Mariah246

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    Most programs don't care.

    But if you have the time to study and think you can do better, go for it. Most people do better on Step 2 as compared to Step 1 (from what I hear anyway)

    My personal move? I'm staying put. My Step 1 score and pre-clinical grades speak for themselves. The gaping hole comes in my clinical grades. :p
     
  4. hans19

    hans19 I'm back...
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    There are certain medical schools that require step 2 that require it before you start 4th year. Certain top radiology programs require it to apply, but the majority dont.

    Its like black jack, you've got a Jack and a Nine, do you want to hit or stand?
     
  5. futrorthodr

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    I would definitely stand except for when they my school tells me step 2 has to be in for AOA :mad:. Guess I have to take the gamble and hope for the few aces or dueces in the deck:rolleyes:

    Like your chair said it only further VALIDATES your step 1 . If you do poorly on step 2 that could really invalidate your good step 1 and make you less competitive. Its a risk assessment. For me AOA is worth the risk.
     
  6. marcus pupil

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    Lol. I battled with this question immensely. I prayed and took the hit.... Got the deuce!
     
  7. judu

    judu inner game first
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    if you're going into ortho why are you posting in the rads forum
     
  8. futrorthodr

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    because I created the screen name when i was gung ho for ortho before i even started med school.
     

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