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Default Chances of Psych Residency?

If this is the wrong place, feel free to move it or whatever.

I'm a foreign medical graduate (U.S. Citizen) from a school in India. I failed Step 1 once and then got a poor passing mark the 2nd time. I passed CS on the first attempt. I failed CK twice (the second time, I'm not sure what happened since I scored 250+ on two NBMEs before taking the exam), but I am going to take it a third time.

I know I'm not going to be able to match this year since I only have around 2 months of university level psych research, but I wanted to know if anyone knows if my situation fits into any range of psychiatry residencies out there. I've resigned myself from any big name cities or even middling cities, but it would be encouraging to hear from people with better insight.

I'm planning on spending October 2015-September 2016 doing more psych research and seeing if I can get psychiatry externships (even if its through a paid program).

I'm not asking for any false encouragement. If I'm screwed, just tell me lol. Thanks.
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I think everyone would agree your chances aren't looking great. That being said, if you are still intent on applying, I would suggest looking at every state medical board. Some states say that you have to pass all steps in a certain amount of time (7 years i think) and you can only have a certain amount of fails otherwise you will not be able to get licensed. No sense in applying to a program where you stand no shot because of licensing restrictions. I think it's best if you focus on which states and programs you are eligible for and then gear your personal statements and application towards them
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I think everyone would agree your chances aren't looking great. That being said, if you are still intent on applying, I would suggest looking at every state medical board. Some states say that you have to pass all steps in a certain amount of time (7 years i think) and you can only have a certain amount of fails otherwise you will not be able to get licensed. No sense in applying to a program where you stand no shot because of licensing restrictions. I think it's best if you focus on which states and programs you are eligible for and then gear your personal statements and application towards them
Thanks for the response and honesty. It seems most of the states have me as still eligible so I guess that's a bit reassuring.
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As you may know, the low USMLE scores (with attempts) and lack of US clinical experience will be a hindrance to you. However, you are being realistic and proactive, and this will only help you.

If you focus on the rest of your application, programs with lower or no USMLE score requirements could be open to you. Try to strengthen your supporting documents. Get specialty specific Letters of Recommendation from any USCE you do. Write well crafted Personal Statements per specialty you're interested in. And, make sure you are listing all of these research experiences you're gathering now in your MyERAS Application, the more the merrier!

You aren't in an ideal place, but there are worse off and you never know which program might take you. Just be sure to look at that the program's you are applying to have requirements you can match and apply to a lot.

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As you may know, the low USMLE scores (with attempts) and lack of US clinical experience will be a hindrance to you. However, you are being realistic and proactive, and this will only help you.

If you focus on the rest of your application, programs with lower or no USMLE score requirements could be open to you. Try to strengthen your supporting documents. Get specialty specific Letters of Recommendation from any USCE you do. Write well crafted Personal Statements per specialty you're interested in. And, make sure you are listing all of these research experiences you're gathering now in your MyERAS Application, the more the merrier!

You aren't in an ideal place, but there are worse off and you never know which program might take you. Just be sure to look at that the program's you are applying to have requirements you can match and apply to a lot.

-Olivia
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Thanks for the response. Yeah, I will be looking into lower tier programs to which to focus on. It's unfortunate, but I guess it's the situation I put myself in and have to deal with. Thank you!
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if you are going to CK third time you should take help from Residency personal statements and i also take help from there . it provides me informative knowledge to pass in the exam and it is very helpful to it's candidate and always wanna make anyone better than before. thanks
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if you are going to CK third time you should take help from Residency personal statements and i also take help from there . it provides me informative knowledge to pass in the exam and it is very helpful to it's candidate and always wanna make anyone better than before. thanks
It's probably easier to just make one topic rather than to keep advertising your company in other people's topics.
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