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Table B2. USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Scores of First-Year Residents, by Specialty

2015-2016 First-Year Residents


The table below displays statistics on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Content Knowledge (CK) scores for first-year residents in 2015-2016. For example, while 9.0 percent of first-year anesthesiology residents had Step 2 CK scores above 259, only 1.7 percent had both Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores above 259. Tables are available for ACGME-accredited pipeline specialties (i.e., specialties that lead to initial board certification). Data for Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores are limited to graduates of U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Please contact residentreport@aamc.org with any comments or questions.


Selected Finding: The distribution of USMLE scores varies widely across specialties.

Step 2 CK Total
Step 1 Total Below 190 190-199 200-209 210-219 220-229 230-239 240-249 250-259 Above 259 All
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Source: GME Track® as of August 30, 2016 and NBME as of August 9, 2016.

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