•••quote:•••Originally posted by oldman:
•when do you take step 2? end of 3rd year of med school? when do you take step 3??•••••Hi there,
The earlier you take Step II after third year, the better. People who wait until the end of fourth year to take the exam, just have one more nagging thing hanging over them. I took the exam in early September and had my scores ready for residency interviews. Most of my more competitive residency interviews wanted the Step II scores anyway and I was glad to have them available.
If your school requires a passing score on Step II for graduation, then having your scores back by graduation time means that you can't take it any later than March because it takes about six weeks for the scores to get back.
Step II does require some review but not the angst that Step I required. You should take Step III near the end of your first year of residency (PGY-1). Again, the earlier you take this exam, the sooner it is out of your hair and the sooner you get your official medical license.
You have seven years to complete Step III from the time that you took Step I or you have to start over. This is another reason to get these exams out of the way. Good luck!