People have been always asking whether step 1 or step 2 score is more important when they are being chosen for a residency program in US.
It has always been said that USMLE Step 1 score is far more important than Step 2 CK score.
But letís see why itís more important?
Here are the list or potential reasons for this phenomenon:
- Most of the US seniors and US graduates apply to the match while they still do not have Step 2 CK score ready yet. So it would be wise for the program director or whoever is selecting applicants to choose according Step 1 score as it is the only common denominator for all candidates.
- It has been generally perceived that USMLE step 1 is more difficult than Step 2 CK and therefore if a student is scoring high in step 1 he/she will stand out more prominently than in the case of a high Step 2 CK score which seems to be aced by most people.
- Program directors assume that you donít have yet sufficient clinical experience and therefore they are not panicked by a low Step 2 CK score as this will be there job, they will train you clinical skills and thereís no harm if you are beginner.