My situation is somewhat unique. My school does not require the USMLE, so I have the luxury of taking it whenever I'd like. My school also allows us to take our clerkships (required and electives) in any order we choose. So... is it better to take Step 1 after the basic medicine clerkship?? I have Dermatopath in April, Anesthesiology in May, Peds in June/July, and Medicine in Sept/Oct. So -- I'll take Step 1 in either August or November. Any opinions?