residency USMLE Step 1

Average USMLE Step 1 Score by Specialty

Ever wonder what USMLE® Step 1 score you need to match into your desired specialty? Read on to find your answer.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) recently released 2018 reports on data from the most recent match (NRMP). We’ve compiled this data into a table below summarizing average USMLE® Step 1 scores by specialty.

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Average Step 1 Scores by Specialty for the 2018 Match

Note: Some data was withheld by the NRMP due to inadequate sample size. These values have been denoted with an “–” below.

US Allopathic Seniors Non-US IMGs
Specialty Matched Unmatched Matched Unmatched
Anesthesiology 232 212 240 221
Child Neurology 233 211 235 221
Dermatology 249 241 238 230
Diagnostic Radiology 240 223 241 232
Emergency Medicine 233 220 229 219
Family Medicine 220 206 220 212
General Surgery 236 219 242 236
Internal Medicine 233 207 236 222
Internal Med/Peds 235 217 238 225
Interventional Radiology 246 242
Neurosurgery 245 234 246 236
Neurology 231 213 236 224
Obstetrics & Gynecology 230 218 231 228
Orthopedic Surgery 248 240 239 238
Otolaryngology (ENT) 248 238
Pathology 233 216 230 219
Pediatrics 227 209 230 213
Physical Med & Rehab 225 215 238 221
Plastic Surgery 249 239 228 228
Psychiatry 226 215 222 216
Radiation Oncology 247 238
Vascular Surgery 236 219 243 229
All Combined 233 224 234 221

Data adapted from: NRMP, Charting Outcomes in the Match, 2018.

Takeaways

While your USMLE Step 1 Exam score is not the only factor in competitiveness for residency programs, it remains a key factor differentiating applicants who match from others who do not. Preparation for the USMLE Step 1 is extremely important in achieving your best score, and resources like Pixorize can help you master biochemistry and basic sciences on the exam.

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