The Growing Importance of the Step 2CK

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jul 13, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Source: National Resident Matching Program

The Step 2CK is the second part of the USMLE board exam and is used to assess a medical student’s clinical knowledge. Despite comprising a third of the entire USMLE board exam, the Step 2CK is often regarded as less important than the Step 1, requiring significantly less effort and preparation. I spoke with a residency director who told me that while a strong Step 1 score is important for matching with top-tier residency programs, the need for strong Step 2CK scores is evident. Rising Step 1 scores, combined with ever-increasing competition for a limited number of residency berths, are making the step 2CK more important for all medical students.

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, Firecracker for Schools