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Old 04-06-2015
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Hi! Hope all is well with all. I have the very cliched question I guess- should I go for USMLE given that....! But I would welcome honest opinion from the veterans here:
1. Non- US IMG currently in a PhD program in Epidemiology (infectious disease) in the Midwest. Just started the PhD.
2. Step 1 score 75 (just passed) in 2012.
3. Failed step 2 CK and CS in 2012
4. Clinical observer for 6+ months in 2011.
5. Age 33; completed transitional year in home country in 2007.

Should I really retry the steps? Or better to focus only on my PhD?
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You may want to visit the NRMP publications page. You can have a look at published data on IMGs and AMGs who matched, what program directors look for, etc. You can look at your speciality of interest and see how many IMGs matched with your Step 1 score. The data also contains average number of attempts for matched and unmatched applicants. You'll get a better picture of your odds.

Completing a PhD will be an advantage for you with research-focused programs and depending on your experience/number of publications, you'll be able to increase your chances (although I guess finishing your PhD will take some time still and you're thinking about transitioning out to residency as soon as possible). As you know, your Step 1 score and fails on Step 2 will unfortunately decrease your chances significantly overall. You may be able to compensate with a really good Step 2 CK score if you decide to go ahead on your path towards residency.

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You may want to visit the NRMP publications page. You can have a look at published data on IMGs and AMGs who matched, what program directors look for, etc. You can look at your speciality of interest and see how many IMGs matched with your Step 1 score. The data also contains average number of attempts for matched and unmatched applicants. You'll get a better picture of your odds.

Completing a PhD will be an advantage for you with research-focused programs and depending on your experience/number of publications, you'll be able to increase your chances (although I guess finishing your PhD will take some time still and you're thinking about transitioning out to residency as soon as possible). As you know, your Step 1 score and fails on Step 2 will unfortunately decrease your chances significantly overall. You may be able to compensate with a really good Step 2 CK score if you decide to go ahead on your path towards residency.

All the best.
Thanks! Really liked your suggestion. I know that I made my job very very tough- may be I would give it a try with taking Step 2 CS first and then depending on the result go for CK. I know I will not be a competitive candidate but hey that's what program directors going to decide!
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Any advice on how to avail a PH.D. Program in the US as an IMG?
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