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Question Failed twice a decade ago, Can I get residency!

I am international medical student and failed Step 1 twice back in 2000 and 2001. After that I focused on family and have 2 kids now. I have started preparing for Step1 again and very much determined to continue my carrier in medical field. What are the chances of getting into residency if I pass the Step 1 exam this time?

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you mean there is no point in giving exam anymore?? I won't be able to get into residency.
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2 failures step 1 and plus u r married and i assume u r more than 3-5 yrs out of med school. chances of getting r low due to ur failures. it is a risk. if u ve good research publications or a residency done in ur country u can try it but with risk
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I've read a lot of post... I've never found bad on giving a try to a dream...passion...

If you want to give it a try, do it.. just remember it will be "Hard" but not Impossible. The word Impossible its really a COmpose word of "I'm Possible" So everything is possible, you just have to work harder.

If you keep it mind give it a try....

But as we all say: We dont need easy, we just need possible...
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I am international medical student and failed Step 1 twice back in 2000 and 2001. After that I focused on family and have 2 kids now. I have started preparing for Step1 again and very much determined to continue my carrier in medical field. What are the chances of getting into residency if I pass the Step 1 exam this time?

Any advice would be appreciated
There is a chance and nothing is impossible, but as another poster said it will be extremely difficult and you would need to score very high this time around. As you probably already know, alot of PDs are going to ask about any time off, and 10 years off will be tough to swing if you didn't do research or anything medical during that time. Also, if you don't have a green card that's another strike. Couple that with 2 step one failures and you have a very steep climb ahead of you.
However, I would never tell anyone to give up on their dreams. It's for you to decide if you want to put the work into preparing, finding research positions, getting good LORs and rotations in the US, and even then there's a possibility of still not matching. Good luck on your journey!
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go for it brother....failing is better than not trying....go n follow ur dreams.
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By the way, how long are scores valid for? Since those failures were over 10 years ago, maybe they are and this will be a fresh start for you. Does anyone know for sure?
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scores become invalid after 7 yrs but it still remains on ur record bcoz ur usmle id never changes. my cousin just asked for application form in 1994 n his usmle id was still on record in 2008 even though we didnt have internet at that time

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By the way, how long are scores valid for? Since those failures were over 10 years ago, maybe they are and this will be a fresh start for you. Does anyone know for sure?
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