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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


    Jan 11, 2008
    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

    Mariah246 7+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    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... Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    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

    futrorthodr Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2004
    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

    marcus pupil 7+ Year Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Lol. I battled with this question immensely. I prayed and took the hit.... Got the deuce!
  7. judu

    judu inner game first 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    if you're going into ortho why are you posting in the rads forum
  8. futrorthodr

    futrorthodr Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2004
    because I created the screen name when i was gung ho for ortho before i even started med school.

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