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Hey guys , I wanted some advice regarding my scores and whether there is any point in continuing the USMLE journey any further -

I am an IMG
Graduation year - 2013
step 1 - 207
CS - Pass ( 1st attempt)
CK - 213 ( 2ND attempt)

Have 1 month of USCE in Cardiology and 2 LORS from doctors of that University Hospital .
I also did 1 month of observerships in the UK at Teaching Hospitals.

I plan to do more observerships and a Research Volunteer job before I apply this year. Also planning to take Step 3 soon.

I want to apply to Internal Medicine but am worried about the prospects.
Is it worth pursuing this journey still? I am very nervous and honestly just tired dealing with all this but I still have some courage left and would like to try.

Plz advise
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Do you need VISA?
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Yes i do . either h1 b or j1 . i plan to take step 3 before I apply.
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Did you apply this year and not get any interviews? If so how broadly did you apply?

If it were me and I could afford to, id say the cost of submitting another round of applications next year is probably worth it given how much time and effort you have spent so far.

Scoring very highly on step 3 should be a priority, and if you do this and apply broadly to low tier community programs in undesirable locations I would imagine you would have a reasonable chance of getting at least a few interviews.

Also do your best to get some kind of publication out of your research post
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Yes i do . either h1 b or j1 . i plan to take step 3 before I apply.
Visa with an attempt is very very very difficult.
Is it impossible? no, but you need to work harder. You're still a fresh graduate, you still have time to improve your CV.
You need to ace Step 3 to overlook ck attempt.

Good luck.
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Visa with an attempt is very very very difficult.
Is it impossible? no, but you need to work harder. You're still a fresh graduate, you still have time to improve your CV.
You need to ace Step 3 to overlook ck attempt.

Good luck.
Yes , I have started studying for Step3 already . Definitely want to give it before I apply for Residencies .
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Did you apply this year and not get any interviews? If so how broadly did you apply?

If it were me and I could afford to, id say the cost of submitting another round of applications next year is probably worth it given how much time and effort you have spent so far.

Scoring very highly on step 3 should be a priority, and if you do this and apply broadly to low tier community programs in undesirable locations I would imagine you would have a reasonable chance of getting at least a few interviews.

Also do your best to get some kind of publication out of your research post
Yes , thankyou. I havent applied this year ( coz after I failed Step 2 CK the first time I started studying for the re take )

So if i didnt have an attempt I would have been fine?

Wonder why attempt is taken so seriously ? I guess its their way of filtering out appplicants....

I regret that attempt so much ( i had given myself only 2 months to study , when i actuallhy needed longer because I was in such a rush to apply to programs last year)
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Going to be real with you, its going to be very very tough to get interviews in internal medicine.

Im a citizen, have four US lors, worked 12 months doing observerships at hospitals and private practices and my scores are very close to you except i have no attempt

210, 212 and Pass and I only got four interviews, 2 of which were due to contacts. I think having a very high step 3 score can only compensate, and even then it will be hard because step 1 is the most common filter...I would suggest getting experience in Psych as the average step score is around 210 for applicants that matched so you will have a better shot there.

That's what im planning to do in the unfortunate case i dont match this year.....
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Going to be real with you, its going to be very very tough to get interviews in internal medicine.

Im a citizen, have four US lors, worked 12 months doing observerships at hospitals and private practices and my scores are very close to you except i have no attempt

210, 212 and Pass and I only got four interviews, 2 of which were due to contacts. I think having a very high step 3 score can only compensate, and even then it will be hard because step 1 is the most common filter...I would suggest getting experience in Psych as the average step score is around 210 for applicants that matched so you will have a better shot there.

That's what im planning to do in the unfortunate case i dont match this year.....
You could match in IM if you're a recent graduate especially if your IVs in community hospitals.
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You could match in IM if you're a recent graduate especially if your IVs in community hospitals.
My yog is about three years but i have some strong people pushing for me in 3 of the programs...hopefully it will work out, i've done my best and thats all we can do really.
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Going to be real with you, its going to be very very tough to get interviews in internal medicine.

Im a citizen, have four US lors, worked 12 months doing observerships at hospitals and private practices and my scores are very close to you except i have no attempt

210, 212 and Pass and I only got four interviews, 2 of which were due to contacts. I think having a very high step 3 score can only compensate, and even then it will be hard because step 1 is the most common filter...I would suggest getting experience in Psych as the average step score is around 210 for applicants that matched so you will have a better shot there.

That's what im planning to do in the unfortunate case i dont match this year.....
Hey thank you for replying ! Hmm I'm actually happy about the fact that you got 4 interviews because I too have contacts in the US .

How did the interviews go ? did they mention your scores ? Did you feel like you have a shot ? Please update us about your match ! I wish you all the best ! ( even for ur backup plan of Psych)

I am actually putting the UK as a backup for me because I am a British Citizen. But i want to give the USMLE a chance because I worked really hard for the exams. I know i didnt get great scores though
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Guys , another question ? How long should I take to study for Step 3 ?

I realise just passing it isnt going to be enough for me. I needed atleast 5 months for Step 2 CK which I took a month ago.

Also is it possible for me to do observerships and at the same time study for Step 3 ??
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My yog is about three years but i have some strong people pushing for me in 3 of the programs...hopefully it will work out, i've done my best and thats all we can do really.
Dear Medicine23 ,


I am going to be rooting for you !!! I sincerely hope you get it !!
Btw if you dont mind sharing can you give me a list of where you did observerships at ? I am trying to find some
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Another thing that really scares me is that a lot of hospitals list that they only want applicants who have passed the exams on the FIRST ATTEMPT!

That seriously makes it a problem for me ! Where do the people with attempts end up matching anyway ? Coz I am sure there are many people out there with attempts in step 1 and 2 and also in CS .
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