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I am an IMG finished my graduation and preparing for Step 1. Got to know from the threads that Orthopaedics match is very difficult. Not impossible.. Can I get guidance on the subject.. thanks..
My Questions:
1. I know the score required is minimum 260. But to get that score what all preparation material should I use.
2. I have no/minimal contacts in the states.. How should I peruse for the LORs? I read that LORs from good Orthopaedicians is a must..
3. Since I have finished graduation I can't apply for clerkship.. How can I apply for Observership???
Kindly help..
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Nothing is impossible. Study hard for your Steps and try to get atleast 250+. Next up is getting a long-term observership/externship with a qualified orthopedic surgeon. Do not spend month after month at different hospitals but look to stick at one place and spend as much time as you can. Also, try to get enrolled in as a research assistant at the same place, working with the same professor. That way, you will develop a real meaningful connection with that surgeon, that is going to be your ticket to residency.

The only thing you will need is perseverance because orthopedics is in my opinion the hardest residency for an IMG to land. So be prepared for failures and rejections but do not give up.

Goodluck!
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Thanks Bohemian...
Appreciate your help..

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Step 1 prep primarily depends on the time you have and your basics. There is no universal 'formula' to prepare. I can tell you based on my own experience:

Start with Kaplan videos/Lecture notes. Do online/offline Uworld questions after every subject. Pathoma is sufficient for pathology. Give Kaplans/Pathoma a quick 2nd review along with FA, adding notes to it but don't write too much on FA as you will need space for Uworld annotations. Spending more than 3-4 months for this whole process will be a mistake.

Next, start online timed Uworld and annotate your FA with UWorld pearls. This is the most important part of your prep and do it well till you master FA/Uworld. 1-2 months should be adequate. Take NBME 13 after 50% Uworld to know where you stand. Take NBME 15 after completing Uworld. Review your FA (filled with Uworld/Kaplan notes) within 7-10 days. Take NBME 16. If your score is near your goal, you should schedule a date for 2 weeks from now. Do another quick pass of FA alongwith incorrect Uworld Qs. Take NBME 17 and take the real deal.

Hope it helps.
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