Originally Posted by Dr. Pap
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!