I received my Step 1 score yesterday. I was relieved to find out that I passed! This is a huge step (ha ha) towards becoming a physician.
At the same time, my score was well below what I desired. It was not a complete shock as I struggled with some practice tests before the exam. I hoped to have a similar experience to the MCAT, where I scored 2 points higher than any practice test I had taken. That was a foolish hope.
I don’t need to get into exact numbers, but I will say that my score was below the national average. This is not the end of the world. Obviously 50% of test takers are in the same boat. But I am a little worried about it limiting options for my future. I have never had much desire to enter a hyper competitive specialty but I would like to end up on the west coast and have heard that residencies there can be more competitive in general.
So relief… and disappointment. I know that Step 1 will be just one aspect of my application programs will look at. I know a higher Step 2 score can help. I know I will still have many options. But a higher Step 1 scored would have relieved some pressure, and honestly any way to take a little pressure off in med school is welcome.
I can’t change my score now. What I can do is continue to take every opportunity in my training to make sure I’m the best physician I can be.
And that brings me to fun. I have been in third year for about a week and it already is so much better than the first two years of school. Delivering babies, assisting on surgeries, talking to real live patients – it’s all fun! I am actually doing something, and learning a ton at the same time.
So goes the roller coaster that is medical school.