hi Dr. Doan and the forum- im a third year med student thats new to the forum. my concern is that i have a 217/88 on step 1, and i havent honored a 3rd year clerkship yet. as for the big 2, honors in medicine are pending as i just took the exam 1 week ago; and i just started surgery and will have neuro and psych as my 1st rot in my 4th year. i recently found out that i missed letters by 1.5 point in family med, which i may be able to salvage. so far my evals and LORs are absolutely fantastic, ive already visited a Big 10 ophtho program earlier in my 3rd year and will be able to get a letter from the chair of one of the departments there. my concern is that i am a horrible test taker. my evals mention that in clinic when i get pimped my answers are accurate and concise. its just taking the standardized tests that prevent me from getting honors. i have 4 years of research without a publication in ophtho. i am currently working on a short term project that i am told will be published. what are the next steps that i should take, should i take step 2 early because i have had medicine and surgery back to back? Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you!