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Jefferson Medical College Alpha Omega Alpha Guide to USMLE Step II: Clinical Skills
What’s an ok score, a good score, and an excellent score?
How important is my score for my residency application?
When should I take it?
Because it’s pass/fail, don’t worry about taking Step 2 CS before finishing your applications for residency programs. Step 2 CK scheduling strategy is more important (see AOA Guide to Taking Step 2 CK). That being said, many Jefferson students take Step 2 CS soon after taking the OSCE at the end of third year because the OSCE is you best preparation for Step 2 and much of the exam content is taught during the third year core clerkships. Dr. Worzala hosts review sessions to go over your OSCE performance—she runs through everything you wrote down and how the standardized patients graded you on your history taking and exam skills. Jefferson says that it wants you to take it by the end of December. Schedule some where between those two points based on your rotation schedule, travel schedule, or personal preferences.
When should I register for Step 2 CS?
What happens if I fail the OSCE?
Do you think I’ll fail Step 2?