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Old 01-09-2012
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Question Can you overcome a poor USMLE Step score?

Hi, I am asking the question can you really overcome a poor step or steps score? Prior readings seem to suggest a poor step score will be filtered by most (70-90%) of the programs as will be the case with multiple attempts. Again, opinions differed on poor score in which step is most sensitive. I read in program director's blog that now-a-days a poor step 1 score could be covered by an excellent step 2 CK score which is more clinically oriented. How true is this?

I request all with experiences/ knowledge on this to shed some light.
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Define poor step 1 score..
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It all depends on how residency programs tackle the thousands of applicants every year.

Most of them they put up a Step 1 score filter.

You can overcome that by "connections".

Means if you are able to make the program director or coordinator to look at your profile (stuff other than Step 1 score) then your chances might increase.

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A poor USMLE score can possibly be overcome by LORs and externship experience at times. ExternConnect may be able to give some advise. Check it out at externconnect.com. They gave me some helpful tips.
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I hear you can overcome it by Step 2 score (if you do absolutely well!) and LORs and other things.
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If PDs like you they will ask for your AAMC id so you don't get filtered. A step 2 CK is also important.
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