path learning curve and boards step 2

Discussion in 'Pathology' started by average, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. average

    average Member
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    Oct 29, 2005
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    In my 4th year. Anxiously awaiting interveiws and boards.
    2 questions.

    1. What is the learning curve like during the first year of path? Does everyone have a bunch of experience and have some clue at arrival? I enjoyed learning pathology during my preclinical years but my school didn't emphisize it as much as other schools might. I was a non-science major in undergrad and don't have any experience in the lab beyond the rotations I will take coming up soon. Will I be way behind or is this a common situation.

    2. How much should I study for step 2? I scored in the 220's on step 1; is there a threshold I should be aiming for on step 2 or is passing all that matters as far as path residency programs are concerned? Thinking about taking them in November.
  2. deschutes

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    Jul 24, 2004
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    Covered many times in the archives - take a look at old posts via Search => Advanced Search. "learning curve" and "step 2" are both good search terms.

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