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score for high ranking school in not competitive speciality

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by globulin, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. globulin

    globulin Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2002
    Hi, I was wondering what kind of board scores should one expect to have if they applied for a very non-competitive field, such as pathology or internal medicine, at a very good school such as UCSF or John Hopkins. Thanks.
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
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    Your question is so broad as to be almost unanswerable. But the conventional wisdom is that your USMLE scores for ANY field would have to be a bit higher than the average at less prestigious institutions to be able to match at a top tier program. No one is going to be able to tell you that you must have Score X to match into Path at UCSF/Hopkins, etc. as applications are much more about the whole picture and even if you have a higher than average score on the USMLE, there are no guarantees that you wouldn't match.

    By way of example, a friend of mine matched into a non-competitive specialty at a very prestigious place - he had a Step 1 score slightly below the mean for all takers) but also had connections. Another did the same but was likely well received due to his great performance on an audition rotation. There are too many variables to be able to specify exactly what score you would need.

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