This is hard to answer without knowing the specialty. What specialty are you applying to?DO student debating the merits of taking Step 2. Applying to a competitive specialty.
I was advised by someone who reviews residency applications in my specialty that my step 1 score won't hurt or help me and that the risk of step 2 is that it's more likely to hurt me.
Step 1: 230-235
Preclinical: Top 1/2
Rotations: All pass
-1 2nd author off specialty
-3 1st author case reports
-2 1st author and 1 2nd author under consideration
-2 posters, 2 podium talks
Letters: 3 known strong letters
-1 from specialty with physician who has known me for 5 years and offered to hire me after residency
-1 from research mentor with history of good reviews from residency directors
-1 from home IM assistant program director
Should I take Step 2?
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