Average 2018 USMLE® Step 1 Match Scores by Medical Specialty

Anna Piazza - May 24, 2019

Back in February, just as many of you were about to embark on a several-month adventure to study for the USMLE® Step 1 exam, over at AMBOSS we had published a breakdown of everything you need to know about the exam and its scores.

We explained how your score is calculated and how much it matters toward matching into your preferred residency program later on. We also noted out how some specialties require higher Step 1 scores than others. For example, U.S. Allopathic Seniors who matched into Plastic surgery had an average score of 249, while those who matched into Dermatology had an average score of 243. Meanwhile, scores reported for Internal Medicine and General Surgery were 230 and 237, respectively.

We wanted to circle back to that conversation now that many of you are either about to take the exam or receive your score. Information on all average USMLE Step 1 scores for every specialty can be found in the National Residency Matching Program’s (NRMP) yearly Charting Outcomes in the Match reports, but to help you parse through the nitty-gritty details, we’ve prepared a more digestible, while still informative, graphical summary of average match scores by specialty for 2018.

Average Step 1 Match Scores by Specialty

Average 2018 USMLE Step 1 Match Scores by Medical Specialty