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FMG US CITIZEN: Today I got my results, and I failed the CS. I truly thought. I was prepared, but the exam results say otherwise. I am in the process of completing my residency applications, so I don't know what to do at this point. I have taken and passed the Step 1 on first attempt and I am currently studying for the CK and plan to take it soon. My question is should I still try for the match this year? I don't fully understand the match process, but I wanted to know should or is it a good idea to submit my applications late with a passing score on the step 1 and CK and with a failure on the CS If so how would I go about letting programs know that I am in the process of retaking the CS, and is it possible to still get interviews? Any advice insight would be appreciated.
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FMG US CITIZEN: Today I got my results, and I failed the CS. I truly thought. I was prepared, but the exam results say otherwise. I am in the process of completing my residency applications, so I don't know what to do at this point. I have taken and passed the Step 1 on first attempt and I am currently studying for the CK and plan to take it soon. My question is should I still try for the match this year? I don't fully understand the match process, but I wanted to know should or is it a good idea to submit my applications late with a passing score on the step 1 and CK and with a failure on the CS If so how would I go about letting programs know that I am in the process of retaking the CS, and is it possible to still get interviews? Any advice insight would be appreciated.
I am sorry to hear about your situation. It is indeed quite a traumatizing experience.

Programs start downloading application in mid September, and most would have decided by early October. Even if you resit for CS and manage to get an early seat, which by the way is quite hard, the results come out in 2 months, and you would have missed most programs. Many programs require CS to be cleared. Besides, you also don't have your CK results yet. So it will be quite a chance to apply, and then expect programs to understand your situation. Not to mention the cost of the Match (its a lot!)

The only way I would have advised you to apply was if you had a stellar Step1 score, since some programs use that to grade the applicants. Even then, I wouldn't raise my expectations too high. As a FMG, they expect you to have a complete application.

Nevertheless, being a US citizen, you have a huge advantage in your side. You are BOUND to get into residency, sooner or later. Trust me on that. Your best course of action is to study super hard now, get done with CK, CS and step 3, get rotations in a teaching hospital and apply next year. This will make your application stronger and ensure a place for you in the system.

Hope that helps, and keep your hopes up, and hit back hard. Its just a small detour you may have to take for now, but you will get to your goals!
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You need to pass the cs to be ecfmg certified, you do not need to be ecfmg certified to participate in the match. But most programs require IMGs to be ecfmg certified to apply. Even if step 2cs slots were available in the July 13 to September 6 testing period, the score reporting wouldn't begin until October 8th. So if you passed step 2cs and ck and got ecfmg certified and then started applying to the programs, you'd probably be way beyond September 15th. That could seriously hamper your chances of getting interviews.
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You need to pass the cs to be ecfmg certified, you do not need to be ecfmg certified to participate in the match. But most programs require IMGs to be ecfmg certified to apply. Even if step 2cs slots were available in the July 13 to September 6 testing period, the score reporting wouldn't begin until October 8th. So if you passed step 2cs and ck and got ecfmg certified and then started applying to the programs, you'd probably be way beyond September 15th. That could seriously hamper your chances of getting interviews.
So should I just wait until next year or try my best and see where I end up?
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So should I just wait until next year or try my best and see where I end up?
If it were me, I'd apply next year. Given that you haven't taken step 2ck yet and have to take step 2cs, rushing things would definitely not help your application. You could prepare really well for step 2ck and also finish your step 3, and boost your application by doing externships/research, you could do well in next years match. Failing step 2cs, though a setback isn't the end your residency process. You just need to find ways to improve your chances by getting great scores in ck and step 3, externships, research and connections.
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If it were me, I'd apply next year. Given that you haven't taken step 2ck yet and have to take step 2cs, rushing things would definitely not help your application. You could prepare really well for step 2ck and also finish your step 3, and boost your application by doing externships/research, you could do well in next years match. Failing step 2cs, though a setback isn't the end your residency process. You just need to find ways to improve your chances by getting great scores in ck and step 3, externships, research and connections.
Thank you for the advice....
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I would appreciate any other input also
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so does taking step 3 improve chances after having an attempt in any step?
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I agree with all the above posts. Good luck!!
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