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    Taking step 2 without time off

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    Hi so I know everyone is busy either planning their moves or scrambling and congratulations and good luck to all
    Just wondering what you guys thought about taking step 2 without any time off. I want to do IM and preferably at a university program (not necessarily harvard/yale or nething just a university program) and currently my Sub-I is scheduled for December and my home hospital can`t arrange it earlier. Should I do a Sub-I at a different institution(same ecare luckily as ours) or an ID rotation at my home institution earlier in august or should I take some time and study for step 2 for like half of august?

    My only concern was getting my entire completed application including step 2 scores in by september 1st and am currently planning on taking it on the 1st of august to ensure this. I have cores all the way upto 29th of july (ending in psych). I'm not sure what to prioritize currently and your help would be appreciated.

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    You dont need your step 2 scores in by sept 1st. Most people take it at the end of august, and when the scores arrive, eras automatically updates it and the programs u applied to automatically receive it. I would take time to study for the step. Some people don't and do fine. It can also serve as a nice respite after cores, getting to spend some time at home. Dont worry about the scheduling, just do well. Also, there's no harm, only advantage, in doing 2 sub-I's. Do one at the home and sgu institution.

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    I guess I didn't explain myself well enough. Do I need a sub-I letter to apply to IM? which is worth more, a taking time for the steps or getting that sub-I or another 4th year IM elective done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWB View Post
    I guess I didn't myself well enough. Do I need a sub-I letter to apply to IM? which is worth more, a taking time for the steps or getting that sub-I or another 4th year IM elective done?
    (if you are August term) You can do step 2CK up to first or 2nd week of September. Results take 3-4 weeks usually. Make sure you do well on CK otherwise it doesn't matter what letter you got on Sub-i.

    For when to do sub-i. It depends on when you did your 3 months of IM core and if you were able to secure strong letters at that time. If you did IM during your early months of 3rd year and did not know anything or perform well.. then you may need to do sub-i and get a letter in Sept. That is my opinion.

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