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Old 10-22-2015
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Default hello guys. I could use some straigt forward advice.

Hey guys..
I really need some advice on my status.
I am a NON-US IMG
and I've just got a step 1 score of between 210~220.. low..
I was thinking of FM or psychiatry.. but with this score..
and on top of that, its been 6 years since graduation..
I don't know if I have a shot at matching..
I used to live in the states (but not a citizen), so I believe that I could do fair if I could get an interview..
but I'm not sure if this score and being 6 years after graduation could ever get me an interview...
I would try to get a higher step 2 score and do alot of clinical experience if needed
only If there is any chance..

please, tell me if I have any shot at this.
or if I should let go now..
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This year's match is very, very tough. A lot of people with good scores and USCE have no IVs yet...And I am talking about Psychiatry and FM. If this is not something that it is really important to you, think twice before continuing. I believe we have to be honest. False hope is useless. However, I have no crystal ball. Who knows anything about the future? The decision is yours. Adjust your expectations and be prepared.
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Default thanks for the advice

I can really see that the competition is getting tougher when I see the stats of people here..

god I wish I had done better, but I guess USMLE scores are stuck forever right?

thanks for the honest advice, I guess I would have to have a plan B meanwhile I prepare step 2 for now.. only hope that I get an 240< step 2 or I guess I'll just have to let go
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Yes, they are. I would say at least move on and try to get a certificate. USMLE scores alone are worthless. An ECFMG certificate is a certificate after all and you can have the opportunity to try and see what happens. If you don't get a residency spot, at least you can put that on your CV and it doesn't expire. But if you fail, well, just think thrice before moving on. You would have to spend too much money for basically nothing.
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This year match is freaking tough. I am a Canadian graduate. My scores are 237/233/251 (all first attempts). Applied to peds and only have 4 IVs so far.
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Default yeah, but I wish I had step 1 scores like you though

but what is it about matching becoming more tougher each year?
is it because of obamacare? or is it something else?

I also heard that IMGs who used to go to UK is now applying for US..
but don't really think that alone is raising the bar this high each year...
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