What Step 2 Score Do You Need to Match in the US as an IMG?

What Step 2 Score Do You Need to Match in the US as an IMGStep 2 CK scores are important for the vast majority of residency programs in their applicant selection process. Set yourself apart! The more complete a student’s application profile is, the easier it is for a program director to make a decision about how well he or she will perform in the program. Make sure you know the Step 2 CK score you need to match in the US in your preferred specialty.

The NRMP just released updated results on The Match for International Medical Graduates.  Below you can find a summary of the findings specific to IMG students.

What Types of IMG’s Match

Some of the most important factors the report below noted is that IMG applicants who are the most successful in matching to their preferred specialty are more likely to:

  • rank more programs within their preferred specialty
  • have higher USMLE scores
  • have fewer attempts at ECFMG certification examinations
  • have obtained ECFMG certification closer to the Match year (2013)
  • have graduated from medical school closer to the Match year (2013)

Average Step 2 CK Scores of IMG Match by Specialty

Below is a table summarizing USMLE Step 2 CK averages by specialty reported in the 2013 NRMP and ECFMG Publish Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates.

2013 Step 2 CK Scores of Matched Applicants

by Preferred Specialty and IMG Application Type

 

U.S IMG

 

Non US IMG

Specialty

Matched Unmatched   Matched Unmatched
All Specialties

224

209

233

218

Anesthesiology

239

212

234

221

Emergency Medicine

235

223

231

220

Family Medicine

213

203

219

210

Internal Medicine

228

210

236

221

Neurology

222

206

236

217

Obstetrics and GYN

232

213

234

221

Pathology

226

205

228

216

Pediatrics

224

208

231

217

Physical Medicine & Rehab

231

212

225

210

Psychiatry

211

202

219

208

Radiology

241

223

238

220

General Surgery

234

216

240

224


References

NRMP and ECFMG Publish Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates.

It is important to note that the above scores reflect the average Step 2 CK scores, and that it is possible to match with scores lower than those shown in the table. Take a look at the 2013 NRMP and ECFMG Publish Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates data to get an even clearer picture of how students in your specialty fared in the 2013 match in order for you to develop an appropriate score goal.

How Important is My Step 2 CK Score to Match?

The importance of the Step 2 CK scores varies from program to program, but programs rarely publish how and by what criteria they use Step 2 CK scores to rank students. Choosing a few residents among thousands of applicants is a very complicated process and to publish a list of criteria would not fairly represent the qualifications of their residents or their program. They will look at your letters of recommendation, your MSPE comments on clerkships and unique characteristics, your leadership, research experience, your grades, your Step 1 score, and other components of your application. They will be spending the next several years training you, so they expend great effort into choosing their residents. When you interview, it is important to emphasize the asset you will be to have on their team.

Be better prepared for The Match by knowing the score you need!

It’s important to have a strategy for what and when you will study. Many students find the structure of the Doctors In Training USMLE Step 2 Review Course beneficial to their exam preparations. Our course presents the high yield information you need to know and is updated annually to reflect student feedback.


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The Doctors In Training Student Advising Team offers many advisory services including the following: customizing individual study plans for USMLE Step 1/ COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2 CK/ COMLEX Level 2, advising students with respect to combating everyday stress and test anxiety and preparing students for the residency application process.
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