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Savannah M. Alvarado, MD

The Absolute Best Predictor of Step 2 CK Scores


This is an article about Step 2 that is useful long before dedicated test prep! Whether you are in the midst of your dedicated study time or more than a year out, read on to find out what the best score predictor is for USMLE Step 2 CK! Some would...

Step 2 CK Percentiles and Placing in the Top

Two medical school students on their clinical rotations studying for Step 2 CK in front of a laptop, wearing scrubs.


According to the USMLE, Step 2 CK asks test takers to "apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical sciences essential for the provision of patient care under supervision". They are testing whether you are ready to move on to your next step of training, meaning residency! Placing high on...

Step 3 Percentiles and Placing in the Top

A doctor holding his MD certification after having passed USMLE Step 3.


Grant yourself a moment to take a nice big congratulatory breath! You've thrived (some would say survived) through undergrad, the MCAT, medical school, Step 1 and 2, and the match. That's pretty stellar! What better way to celebrate than another 2-day, ~16-hour exam? In this blog post, we will discuss...

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