MS3 Needs Advice

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Anonymous (not verified)
timing

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Looks like I didn't read your previous post carefully enough. I totally glossed over the fact that your school requires Step 2 by December. My fault.Hoepfully what I said will still be of some value to strong candidates like you whose schools don't require Step 2 by December,
So, your post is actually more helpful to me than you might've realized.  Basically, is what you are saying that only UCSF requires Step 2 to rank?  Therefore, although I have to take my Step 2 before Dec. because of my school's policy, I could choose not to release the scores until after match day and suffer no ill consequences? (except at UCSF.)  Thus, all I have to do is pass in Oct/Nov whenever I decide to take it? (which relieves some stress)Am I thinking about that correctly?
Assuming this is the same person who got >250 on step I, then yes you should absolutely take it sometime after Sept. 1 and don't report scores automatically.  Then if you blow it out of the water you can report it to everyone.  If you get a lower score but pass, you can just not report the scores and your step I score will stand alone.  Honestly, I think it is better for almost anyone to do this.  It's always better to have the option to report.

Anonymous (not verified)
ucsf does not require step 2

ucsf does not require step 2 to rank.  my understanding is that they give an exemption to early match candidates. 

Anonymous (not verified)
The above statement is false.

The above statement is false. UCSF requires Step 2 to rank.

Anonymous (not verified)
here ya

here ya go...http://urology.ucsf.edu/residency.htmlA passing score on USMLE Step II (CK and CS) is required for all trainees beginning a UCSF GME program. To meet this requirement, applicants should have passed USMLE Step II (CK and CS) prior to placement on UCSF rank order lists. In selected cases, with the approval of the Program Director and the Office of GME, applicants may be placed on UCSF rank order lists without the USMLE Step II (CK and CS) score. Selected cases may include applicants applying to UCSF residency programs with an early residency match. 

Anonymous (not verified)
ucsf

Contact Kathy Kojimoto in the fall to get the final answer for 2012 match.  As of 2011 according to her, step 2 CK and CS were not needed to rank, but were needed by the time you showed up for work (just like all other subspecialties).  This is in contradistinction to the regular match specialties at UCSF (with the March 17 match date) that DO require it.  Obviously this has been a source of confusion and Kathy/McAninch/Carroll or a current UCSF resident are the only ones with the definitive answer.  However, as of this October, I did ask Kathy the same question and was told that for 2011 in Urology UCSF did not require step 2 for either interviews or ranking.

Anonymous (not verified)
agree

Anonymous User wrote:
Contact Kathy Kojimoto in the fall to get the final answer for 2012 match.  As of 2011 according to her, step 2 CK and CS were not needed to rank, but were needed by the time you showed up for work (just like all other subspecialties).  This is in contradistinction to the regular match specialties at UCSF (with the March 17 match date) that DO require it.  Obviously this has been a source of confusion and Kathy/McAninch/Carroll or a current UCSF resident are the only ones with the definitive answer.  However, as of this October, I did ask Kathy the same question and was told that for 2011 in Urology UCSF did not require step 2 for either interviews or ranking.
agree - (applicant who interviewed at UCSF this year and asked Kathy herself)

Anonymous (not verified)
the only thing about taking

the only thing about taking step 2 and NOT releasing the scores is that won't interviews ask you for them, and lets say you didn't do as well on step 1. well, will you lie to them saying you haven't taken it yet? at least if i truly did not take it, i could say that i really haven't taken them yet.i also got >250 on boards and am in the same boat