Hi. can anyone please tell me if surgery core rotation is a big deal for step 2 ck. I am having trouble getting a surgery core rotation before i am planning on taking step 2ck. I would like to know from someone with experience if i can study for surgery material on my own (kaplan and USMLE world) and do as well on step 2 ck without having done the surgery rotation. i am done with all the other core rotations. Please advice. Any help is appreciated.

Also is it a big deal if i do my surgery core rotation after i submit my residency application. i am planning on doing surgery core starting august and ending october. i am not applying for surgery residency but you think hospitals will make a big deal out of it and would it affect my interview chances. thank you for help