I hope that this question hasn't been asked and answered, but I did search the board and didn't find it, so here goes... Is there a generally recognized minimum Step I score for general surg residencies? My spouse is an MS3 at a Boston school (not Harvard), loves surg and it shows - performs very well in clerkships and can get great recommendations. But is not AOA and had a Step I of 206 (it was a heartbreak, she studied plenty hard but tests have always been a weak spot, even back to the SATs). Any comments or thoughts appreciated - P.S. - As a non-doctor, let me just say that I don't know how you guys do it. You study and train longer and harder than any other profession, your compensation is declining, you have to deal with HMOs and Medicare, you are the subject of frivolous lawsuits, and the public is constantly whining and expects you to provide services for free. We in this country really need to wake up, respect you more, and realize how spectacular our doctors are.