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Step 2 and residency

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Mr. happy clown guy, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. Mr. happy clown guy

    Mr. happy clown guy Senior Member
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    Jul 30, 2001
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    I have taken and passed USMLE step 2 but found it FAR more difficult than step 1...and my score proved it. Has anyone found this years Step 2 to be very difficult?

    How much weight does the Step 2 score have on residency selection?

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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    A lot of students do worse on Step 2, I suspect because they don't put a lot of effort into studying for it.

    As for how much it "counts" - depends. Some more competitive programs are now requiring your scores whilst others freely admit they don't use it because they don't have scores for all applicants and therefore can't compare them. Not much you can do about it now, if your Step 1 score is good that will probably be more highly valued by programs.

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