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Old 12-16-2011
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Hi everyone,
I come to you with my head up even though I've been sad and depressed for the past two weeks. I just found out that I failed CS and I had 3 more interview to go on. I interviewed at a total of 2 schools and that was amazing considering I applied the last week in October and I didnt have my ECFMG certificate. the other 3 schools where I was set to interview at were just waiting on my Step 2CS score and ECFMG certificate.
....NOW here is the thing, i'm completely broke and I can't afford to take the exam again before the match or even possibly the scrammble, so now I have to just apply for the next application season. Right? My question is what should I do to increase my chances for getting matched next year? I should have the money to take the CS in January or February and I already know where I messed up at :-0 it was in Data gathering...I gave definitive diagnoses to the SP not differentials and I regret that sooo bad...I also regret the fact that I basically took the exam 2 weeks after studying for CK in September because I was rushing to turn my application in for interviews...that was wrong ..I truly should have waited it out and studied for atleast a month.

Please if anyone here could direct me to a website or even give me advice on what I should do next. I'm going to enroll in a CS course, and I want to take Step 3 before I apply for next years match however I just don't even know how to get that information. I'm sure there is a light at the end of this tunnel..I just need help finding it!:sorry:

A little about me
American born, IMG, UCLA undergrad, YOG 2009, Step 1 207, Step 2 210,
Step 2CS Failed (Data Gathering), 1 year USCE, publications in journals

Thanks in advance for those who are reading this..and for those of you in a similar situation..DONT GIVE UP!!!
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Looking at your profile I see that you need to do the following:

Make sure you pass the CS this time.
Make sure you pass Step 3 with good scores.
Continue USCE and getting updated LoRs during 2012.
Continue getting publications (if that's possible)

Am sure you'll do much better in 2012 interview season.

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Thanks so much step taker...do you know of any sites that could help me in establishing a time line when I should get everything done? I'm actually going to move to the east coast and get some more USCE as it's easier to do over there than in California with all of the medical board restrictions. Do you recommend any companies or websites to help me out this second time around? Thank you USMLE Forums and Happy Holidays!!!
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If I understood what you are looking for, then I suggest you look for Personal Information Management and Personal Productivity software (search Google for these terms).

One website I particularly like to start with, is this
http://www.time-management-solutions.com

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