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What are my chances of getting into anesthesiology with my step score?

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by twospadz, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. twospadz

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    I got a 227 on step 1. How hard will it be for me to match into anesthesiology?
     
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    If US MD, no red flags, and willing to go anywhere for residency, then no problem.
     
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    230 is average so the majority of programs will view this as an acceptable score.
     
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    Apply and interview broadly.
     
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    Not too hard.
     
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    Apply to lower end programs and some mid tier ones as well then the OP will likely match. If the OP wants a top 1/3 program then the odds of matching decrease to less than 50% (unless Step 2 is over 240).
     
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    If by majority you mean the bottom 1/2 of programs then I agree. Matching into a solid upper 1/3 tier program is very difficult with a Step 1 of 227 without a STEP 2 over 240.

    Step 1- Important

    Step2- Important

    A lot of posters don't realize that a marginal Step 1 score combined with a Step 2 over 240 means you are still in the game for most programs.
     
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    Thats not how math works. BTW 240 on step 2 is about average these days. So youre saying that if he scores about average on both exams thats somehow better? Does not make sense.
     
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    Average of 240 w/ SD of 18 was stated on my step 2 ck score report last week.
     
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    You are correct in that "average" isn't overly impressive and a top 20-25 program is still a leap for those Med Students. Anesthesiology isn't a difficult match these days; so, as long as the student applies broadly including many mid tier programs I expect he/she will match into the specialty.

    A resident with average Step scores can and should become an excellent Anesthesiologist easily capable of passing the Board exams. The key is finding a program which provides good didactics along with a well-rounded clinical experience.
     
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