This is the second thread that you've chimed in about how your institution does this, but did not name the institution. Where are you, exactly? As stated earlier, there's only one known program that will not rank if CK/CS are omitted. If you don't feel that your anonymity can remain with naming the program, that's understandable...None that I know of do it explicitly, but the program at my institution will assign a value of step I - 20 points for people who don't report one. They just assume that you did much worse if you aren't going to share it or be prepared enough to take it in time.
I'm not sure how ethics works into it. If they think Step 2 is an important measure of successful residents in their program or have been burned in the past by residents not being able to start their internship because they didn't pass, it is their right to use it as a criterion.
This is what I was addressing in the other thread. If some SDNers "bomb" step 2, it can be a whole SD drop from where they were on Step 1, but still well above average for the nation. I feel this is a dangerous place to be as an applicant, as you have to explain why you only beat the average by 1 SD.I agree to not report it if you "bombed" it; it's just that "bombing" it means different things for different programs. You called a 240 mortal previously; that is still over the average and very high for the people we interview.
Agreed. I've interviewed at a number of programs (that I've liked a lot) who have basically looked at me, puzzled, because I was interviewing there with a high boards score, and I definitely don't represent the upper class of students on SDN. I hate big cities, and only made a few exceptions to the "no big cities" rule. That leaves me with smaller programs that aren't usually too competitive, which I'm fine with. I don't need someone else to tell me that a program is good for me to want to go there.Where I am is a vastly different place than you, but I can't say. We don't have 250+ people come to where I live. This has been an issue on SDN forever--it is a forum over-represented by people who are 2 standard deviations over the typical student.
I think that was me. One of my interviewers told me to not submit it if I wasn't happy with the result.As you said, programs are ruthless about seeing a poor score report. Somebody on the other thread said programs don't want you to submit a low score report.