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Old 10-04-2015
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Default Failed CK, ERAS submitted to 170 programs with few interviews, could use your strategy help on what to do to take CK in 4 weeks again...

Hey everybody, I failed my Step 2CK from the results from last week. I've been in a rugged mess trying to figure out what to do and wasted these past 4 days trying to figure out a new study plan but I'm going back and forth on making a decision.

I am applying to ERAS 2016 right now and know many of you have taken CK recently or in the past few years. I could use your help so badly right now because I had a shot at some interview invitations and I may screw it up all now with all of these expenses and all the work I did so far.

I applied to over 100 psychiatry programs + 70 family med programs.
So far I got 3 interviews total. 2 for Psych + 1 for Family (Illinois/Michigan), about 38 rejections so far. Applied on opening ERAS day.

The interviews arrived before I received my ck failure but now it's been silence and I got a few more rejections (38 total so far).

Carib student, not the greatest med school, graduated June 2015.

Step 1 : 204, passed 1st attempt - March 2013
Step 2 cs : passed 1st attempt - June 2015
step 2 ck : 192 failed - September 2015

I studied with 2 months with MTB CK + Uworld. My previous NBME 6 = 214, UWSA = 216, UW Total Avg : 53%. Free USMLE Questions = 63% when I took it in the middle.

I have my interviews scheduled all in December and want to take CK in the next 3-4 weeks if possible to get results in for the interviews.

Could you imagine going to the interview after a failure? I hope I can get the CK results in 4 weeks. Forget how much my family and loan money I had to take out to pay for all those programs on ERAS

I'm hoping I can at least try because I can't imagine waiting another year after being this close and I don't think I will get any more interviews this year.

I'm not sure how much I will retain in the next 4 weeks but I just purchased Uworld again a few days ago.

What would you all suggest I do to try and take this exam in the next 4 weeks? Should I do reread MTB CK, do DIT CK or focus on Uworld random? I didn't use MTB 3 or Step up to Medicine or First Aid. Should I do another question bank + Uworld?

Thanks for any advice here. Can really use the encouragement to make a serious study plan. Good luck to your ERAS outcomes too!

p.s. I posted in the CK forum in case you can answer there, wherever it doesn't matter. Thanks again! Failed CK September 2015, retaking in 4 week strategy help

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I am really sorry to hear about your CK results and how it has hampered your match season. But what is done is done and the worst is over. There is no point fretting over it. What you should strategize about is how to redeem yourself.

There are two approaches you can take: either drop out of match this year and get a great CK score or study real hard right now for 4 weeks and take the exam before your interviews. I can understand your preferring to take the second option. My only advice would be to do UWorld as intensively as possible.. a couple of times maybe, taking notes etc and to take CK if and only if you get decent scores in the practice tests because you can't take another chance. It is definitely doable.. coz you have already gone through the stuff once. All you have to do is consolidate. Do uworld thoroughly, make notes either in MTB or separately and you can ace the exam. If you work well with partners, you can revise uworld with someone. Plan about the interviews later. I am sure if you get a good score, you can explain away the failure.

Good luck and God bless.
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You are very lucky to even get an interview, let alone 3. I am in a similar situation to you.

You should work just on your weaknesses for the exam. Do not read anything that you already know. Work on things you do not know and that is not in any book, like those stupid vent. settings questions from uworld.. etc.
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Thanks for the replies here. I appreciate it! Only got 4 more rejections since the last posting, making it 42.

I already had the transcripts transmitted so no taking back unfortunately... there's nothing for me to lie about to them and rather they have the truth one way or another. With the scheduled dates, I was given a few options and had chosen the latest slots available in early December and you know how difficult it would be to reschedule with some of those coordinators, I couldn't risk losing a date. We have to take whatever we can get sometimes!

Majority of the rejections came before CK score came before the MSPE and CK results of last week and about 10 came in from over the last days after CK as it was expected. I can't keep track of all the programs right now but I know a few had requirements of no failures on CK. More important to some family medicine programs.

I called the 3 programs just to let them know I didn't pass CK but am rescheduling it beforehand and they appreciated my bold honesty and seemed to be all receptive in saying to just keep at it and that they'll see me in December, hopefully with better news and so there is the added stress and fear factor to seriously pass. I got 2 of them sending me welcome kit emails with itinerary plans for travel, hotel and dinner the night before and so yeah, my mood would be much better with a pass on that night. It will be rough thinking that I'll be with a lot of candidates those days and I have this test to still worry in my mind so just want to get it over with.

And for some more potentially good news.... I contacted 3 more programs I really liked that I didn't hear from just to let them know what my situation was on the ck failure and how I really wanted to visit their place and 2 of them told me to call them after I pass my CK to see how the status of their interviews are. The other one said to email them but who knows.

So this might be the only 3 interviews I'll get... maybe if I pass I will try contacting the programs I didn't hear back from and keep SOAP as a longshot miraculous backup but not looking that far yet to think luck will extend into that with good outcomes.

At this point, anything higher than a pass will obviously beat my step 1 score (lol, since 209 is higher than 204 from my step 1) and I'll take whatever that score is to just get this test out of the way. My score report was pretty much in the middle to low-middle and quite consistent throughout the divisions.

I bought uworld again and that's the only thing I have going. Kind of discouraging to passively read through MTB again and looking at Dr. F's face on cover makes me want to chuck that throw that book into the corner, not sure if I got any testing points from that book after I took the exam.

So the idea is to spend 4 weeks to study and take ck, 3 weeks for results and then by then I hope I can give a success story on the interview trail.

I got some messages from people saying not to do MTB, others said to do MTB.... but uworld to repeat was a common given.

I will check back here if anyone had anything to add but thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts. Again, good luck to everyone as well.
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