USMLE step II question

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I have a question about step II (btw, I'm a MS1 but this is for someone else). If you do not pass on the first try, but then pass on the second, and submit your scores AFTER you match, would the fact that you didn't pass initially reflect poorly and cause the residency program that accepted you to reconsider?

I was under the impression that all you had to do was pass step II and if for some reason you did not do well on step I, that a higher score on step II could in a sense make up for the step I score but the step II scores don't have to count unless you want them to, you just have to pass.

Any advice would be much appreciated!



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Reconsider as they might, the residency programs and you (the applicant) enter a binding agreement after Match Day which neither of you is supposed to break for whatever reason.

The thing is, however, if you fail Step 2 and that is a requirement for graduation, then you don't graduate and you can't begin residency. Remember that once you fail a USMLE exam, you can't take another one (according to Prometric Testing) for at least 90 days from the first attempt.

Good luck. Just pass the damn thing.