This week, my class was mandated to attend a sort of “Career Day,” which consisted of a room full of tables staffed by residency directors, attendings, and residents from the various residency options available to graduating medical students.
Except before we got to meet with these physicians, the administration demonstrated its ability to terrify me using just two PowerPoint slides. Suddenly, I could see the major due dates of the next 18 months of my life condensed into a few dozen lines of text. After years of feeling as though graduation would forever be a distant thought, the reality of the fast-approaching end of medical school hit like a ton of bricks.
Among these important dates was a reminder to register for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) exams.* Always an early-bird, I decided to submit my registration this morning to ensure my ability to schedule the testing date of my choice.
And as if paying thousands per year to work my butt off at the hospital isn’t enough, I was reminded that a medical license doesn’t come cheap either.
The grand total for both exams, not including travel costs to CS?
One thousand seven hundred dollars.
You heard me. $1700 to spend several more hours of my life in relatively miserable situations.
Next time I drop $1700 in one shot, I hope it’s for Eurotrip: Remix, or one of the other thousand more desirable scenarios.
Medicine, you are SO lucky I love you.
*CK is a multiple choice test much like the Step 1 beast I tamed this past May. CS is a whole new monster involving observed interactions with standardized patient actors, which is available in only five American cities.