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TOPIC: Importance of Step 3?

11 years 2 months ago #29315

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Dr. Levine (and any senior residents/fellows who might have insight),

What is the importance of the USMLE Step 3, if any, in fellowship application? I've heard many times that "no one cares" and "all you need to do is pass," but is this actually true? Does it really have no importance at all? Or is there some "minimum" score that you should try to get just to save some dignity, and what would this be? 200+, 220+, etc.?

Thanks for the advice.
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.n 11 years 2 months ago #15362

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Step 3 11 years 2 months ago #15363

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It's a bit controversial actually - for many fellowships I would say it probably has little impact (and most people know that Step 1 and 2 scores are what students are most concerned with). However, with the move to a universal application for fellowships the criteria being included has recently been discussed in great detail and ULSME scores (all 3) are definitely more important in some camps than in others.

Bottom line is it's important first and foremost for you to become licensed in whichever state you would like to ultimately practice and that's the most important factor as I see it --

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