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Is step 2 required for residency programs to make their ROL's

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1. Does one need to have completed step 2 prior to the whole ophthalmology matching process--ie-prior to residency programs choosing interviewees or prior to residency programs making their ROL's?

2. I scored a 233 on step 1. Should I try and take step 2 early to boost my score at the expense of preparing for an away rotation?

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1) no
2) yes, if you know you can do sig. better. remember the avg is 231 so statistically you 're above avg.
 

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1) no
2) yes, if you know you can do sig. better. remember the avg is 231 so statistically you 're above avg.



233 is a good score for step 1 and this should allow you to make the cut off for interviews at many middle and lower tier programs. But there is so much more to a good ophtho applicant than your step scores. You should take a step back and try to look at the larger picture and decide what would make you a more desirable applicant. A higher step 2 score may earn you a few more interview offers, but will likely have no bearing on where you fall on their rank list, as personality, commitment, research, LORs etc will likely play a larger role at that stage of process.
 

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233 is a good score for step 1 and this should allow you to make the cut off for interviews at many middle and lower tier programs. But there is so much more to a good ophtho applicant than your step scores. You should take a step back and try to look at the larger picture and decide what would make you a more desirable applicant. A higher step 2 score may earn you a few more interview offers, but will likely have no bearing on where you fall on their rank list, as personality, commitment, research, LORs etc will likely play a larger role at that stage of process.

Exactly - LOR, research, maturity, and personality weigh a lot. I matched at my #1 choice with a comparable step1 and without having taken step2. No one mentioned it during interviews or anything.
 
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