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Hello! I am a US-IMG. I failed 2 years during Med school. Will this affect negatively my chances of matching even If I get good scores and good LORs?
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Yes, it will affect your chances.
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So what can I do to increase my chances? is it impossible for me to match in highly competitive programs?
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Yes, it will be nearly impossible to match in highly competitive programs.
It will also be very difficult to match in competitive specialties.

What's your Step 1 score? A high score could balance your previous failures.

You should (re)orient yourself to IM/FM/psych. You shouldn't have many problems matching into a program in one of these specialties somewhere in the US (especially considering you are a US citizen). While grades in a non-US med school are not considered that important, your previous two failures will certainly be a red flag. Your US citizenship and good Step 1 score will save you.

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So what can I do to increase my chances? is it impossible for me to match in highly competitive programs?
Step 1&2 scores as high as possible
Good LORs
Proven dedication for a specialty (through volunteering, publications, etc.)
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Wait....

I just replied in another thread of yours some weeks ago...

Did you skip 2 years due to financial reasons
Or did you actually fail them? As in grades so low that you had to enroll again in the same year?
Which one is it?
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I didn't go to school at all because I had to work! but I was still enrolled so it will maybe appear that I failed those two years! and yes I had to repeat those 2 years! but maybe It will just appear that It took longer form me to graduate! I don't know :/
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If I specialize in my home country in ortho for example and I apply for ortho residency in the US will that increase my chances to match?
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I didn't go to school at all because I had to work! but I was still enrolled so it will maybe appear that I failed those two years! and yes I had to repeat those 2 years! but maybe It will just appear that It took longer form me to graduate! I don't know :/
This can be explained in your personal statement easily. Why didn't' you take a leave of absence??
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Because in that case I had to pay extra taxes and I could not afford it at that time...
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So I have to explain it both in the ERAS section and in my personal statement?
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So I have to explain it both in the ERAS section and in my personal statement?
Is there an advisor you can talk to about this at your school? I would def. mention it in your personal statement... struggle is good and it shows that you had to overcome a barrier in order to reach where you are now.
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I can try but I think that they really don't know...I don't know anyone from my university that applied for a residency in the US so they don't have experience about the USMLE exam... as far as I understood it will appear on my transcript that it took longer for me to graduate (8 years instead of 6), my grades (which are really good) and my final score (the maximum achievable).
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I can try but I think that they really don't know...I don't know anyone from my university that applied for a residency in the US so they don't have experience about the USMLE exam... as far as I understood it will appear on my transcript that it took longer for me to graduate (8 years instead of 6), my grades (which are really good) and my final score (the maximum achievable).
Your school's different system will be very easy to explain! You will just need to get the interview first, which means you need to take the USMLEs and do well one them. There's tons of advice around!
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Thank you I would like to do Ortho or Primary care and then subspecialize in Sports medicine. If I complete my specialization in Italy will I have more chances to match?
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