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Question Why is everyone obsessed with getting a 99?

You all do realize that residency directors look at your THREE DIGIT SCORE not your percentile right? I believe the mean USMLE Step 1 score of people who matched in 2009 was 226. This is just fyi. I've noticed people write a lot about trying to get a 99. I think we should all be aiming to get the highest three digit score we can possibly get not necessarily or specifically a 99. Good luck everyone!
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May be because "getting 99" is a simple abbreviation for "getting a great score"
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omg!! this only adds to my stress...
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omg!! this only adds to my stress...
LOL!! I seem to think so also.
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Sorry I didn't want to freak you all out, but it's better to know before your exam than after right? I think you can keep in mind that 226 was the MEAN (average) so that means people who matched had scores higher and lower than that. When I found out it was good incentive for me to study harder so I thought the same might apply here. I have less than a month before my exam!
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You all do realize that residency directors look at your THREE DIGIT SCORE not your percentile right? I believe the mean USMLE Step 1 score of people who matched in 2009 was 226. This is just fyi. I've noticed people write a lot about trying to get a 99. I think we should all be aiming to get the highest three digit score we can possibly get not necessarily or specifically a 99. Good luck everyone!

You know what I'm finding weird? People scoring a 99 are not different than people with a 75. There's lots of indian students who make the comment that they got 99 and think they are better than others but then they can't write a soap note, they can't answer questions, they can't do anything.

Why is that?
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I can only answer based on my opinions and my experience. I'm an American student studying in an Indian medical school. From what I've seen, people here place a lot of importance on literary knowledge i.e. "booksmart" and not as much importance on practical knowledge but it varies from school to school. In order to get a residency in India, final year (intern) students take a written multiple choice exam and get residencies ONLY based on the results of these written exams. Maybe the people trying to go to America for residency believe that they just have to "get a 99" on Step 1 to get a residency so they spend all their time studying and less time in the wards. A lot of my classmates are pursuing this approach and spending just enough time in the wards to get attendance and then leaving at the first opportunity. Personally, I learn by seeing and doing so I've spent as much time as possible in clinical rotations and in the wards and outpatient department seeing patients. I only took time off now because my exam is approaching very soon. I think you learn the most by seeing and caring for patients. Books can only take you so far. The rest is "learning by doing." In fact, I didn't even have to spend much time studying the subjects that I've had rotations in because I remember examining a particular patient with the disease or discussing a patient with the consultant. It takes less effort to remember a disease when you've seen and helped care for a person with that disease. It's more fun this way too you actually feel like a doctor.
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This is true, dazzles, but how can examining a patient teach you about the microscopic pathology of the disease, for instance?

May be what you said is correct when it comes to Step 2 CK or CS, but I think Step 1 needs a lot of studying and memorizing, unfortunately.
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I should probably clarify. I've put in a LOT of hours of studying lol. When I wasn't in the ward, I was studying in my room. I tried to study for the rotation I was in and then I discussed pathophysiology and pharmacology used in treatment of the diseases with the consultant depending on the patients in the ward or outpatient department. I learn well when someone explains something to me or I discuss it with someone so this method worked out well for me. For example I'm quite good at endocrinology and musculoskeletal diseases (orthopedics and rheumatology) because I had about a month in each rotation.
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I agree with you on the concept, but the problem is that in countries other than the US and Canada, especially in developing countries, medicine is really way different from American medicine. I know that some will say, "Hey! Medicine is Medicine!". Yeah, but what I mean is not only the difference in topics, but the way the information is laid out. The USMLE requires you to think, analyze, and be specific. I never was taught to think in this manner, but rather to memorize AS MUCH AS I can. My med school helped me a little in my preparation, and I find myself learning new things all the time (although I've even finished the clinical years). I'm sure without rigid preparation I'd fail this exam, although my grades were pretty good in school (B, B+). So I think there are totally different systems here.

I'm not trying to undermine you, but that's just what I think. If you think it's good for you, keep doing it. I just hope medical education in India is better than in my country, cause it's terrible here.
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DOn't get me wrong guys, I'm not saying every indian student is like that. Just a 4 or 5 that I've run into. When your in medicine, I'm sure you are bound to run into people with egos. I've seen some American students like this as well.

Anyways, Just letting people who are freaking out about clinicals know that if you scored a 75 or a 99, you are no different than the next guy.
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I put this up under links but I think it's so AWESOME that I had to put it here. I actually almost cried. I only have a few weeks till the exam and this really helped me yesterday when I didn't feel like studying.

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