Hi! I am a fourth year med student at a state medical school. I have just sent my apps into CAS yesterday. I am wondering if i should take my step 2 early, and would greatly GREATLY appreciate any advice. i had a 231 on step 1 and made senior AOA. i am also working on three publications in my dept (two are case reports and 1 is a review article). i think i am pretty competitive for middle tier ophtho programs. If I could get into a top program, great. but im tired of gunning, and would be satisfied with a more middle tier program that has excellent teaching and faculty. should i take my step 2 early? by how early would i have to take it? i took this month off to study for step 2, but i still have to finsih up my publications and fill out ERAS. and i'm a little burnt from the CAS app and rotations last month. thanks!! i sooooo appreicate any advice.