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Question Does score matter if you already secured a residency spoT?

So I was wondering if scores in step 3 matter if you have already scored a spot.
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There's a minor possibility that when you apply for fellowship after residency they may differentiate applicants according to scores including the USMLE Step 3 score.

But that's very remote possibility, most fellowship programs know very well that people get step 3 just to finish a requirement and mostly just to pass. Also, most residents have not much time for Step 3 prep as they are very busy in their residency when they do their Step 3 and that's why the average score for Step 3 is way lower than that for Step 1 and Step 2 CK.

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But if there is a 2nd attempt it would matter?
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Those 5% of fellowship programs that does use Step 3 score as a differentiating point then for sure they will not like a second attempt in it.

There is another issue, most residency programs put a requirement of passing Step 3 by the end of PGY1 or PGY2 or middle of PGY2 ...etc if you don't pass the exam by that time they may suspend your training license and ask you to step off residency until you pass the exam which of course means that you will go off cycle and finish residency after your peers. But again that's very rare, most programs are flexible about this and support their residents.

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