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Old 04-16-2012
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Question Which speciality to aim for with step 1 score 204

Guys i received my score its 204 cant believe how it happened But will have to live with it.I am confused should i prepare further dont know if its the worth. I am an IMG with no visa. I am also not adamant on a particular specialty but will be fine if i get into Peds, FM, Psychiatry. I have heard these specialty require lots of USCE which i doubt i will be able to get with no visa and contacts. Is it the end ? I know people in past years have matched with very low scores but they are the rarest cases which dont happen frequently. I am feeling low and depressed. If you could help me with any data from where i can know what specialty are within my reach with these scores. Guys you people have always helped me out in my bad times.
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I'll leave the data stuff to those who know more about it. But I would tell you about many of my seniors who got matched into FM and psychiatry with lower scores than you. You didn't come this far to just give up! Remember scores aren't THE SOLE determining factor for deciding whether you will get a residency or not. A lot of other factors (different for every PD) count as well. All the best!
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I think this is what you are looking for
http://www.usmle-forums.com/residenc...specialty.html
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@reaper thanks for the encouragement.Matched with lower score means these specialty are not much competitive.

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That mean i am good for FM,Peds,Psych.
Can you let me know whats the difference between Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and simple IM or Peds
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Few of my research shows for Family Medicine I think its not IMG friendly...because more than 65% of them require US citizenship a
50 % of them require citizenship/GC+6months-1yr US medical school experience....this is tough for IMG.

so...what I understood...pediatrics is most IMG friendly....few require USCE and score are not high enough to get interview...

As, I am applying for 2013 match...I want to get prepared,for which residency I should try...I think its better to have something than to have nothing...changing my focus to some better achievable specialty.

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Guys at last doing all the research on my possibility of match...........i have finally decided to end my journey of usmle.I think its now tough to match to my specialty of choice.
Thanks to all the forum friends who helped me throughout my journey

All The best guys............will miss this forum.
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Hey Jinni , dont do this .... Its really not the end , i would say dont go for this years match , take a year off , get great scores in step 2 , do a few electives , you know we have not graduated yet ... there are many free ones ... and it will all pay off in the end , you wont be disappointed ... just dont let a bad day or a bad exam day end this ..... dont give up .... i know its very difficult to believe and i know you may wonder if this all is really possible but it is , if it had been a dead end then there are many AMGs who get less than 200 they would be getting no where .... its never over thats the best part of usmle ....... dont panic think logically ...

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