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Old 05-22-2012
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Question IMG medical school performance

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Read this on sdn:

...I want to ask if a failure on Transcript & some bad scores affect Match chances for IMG.

...I failed a basic material in addition to some bad scores in basic sciences too.

...Do this failure & bad scores affect my chances ? Do you consider them even If I got high Step 1 score?...AProgDir will likely agree with my reply.

Yes, it all effects even if you are US med grad. Being an IMG to start puts you at a disadvantage in the match. That is just the reality and the track record. Successful IMG match generally requires perfomance better then one's US med-grad counterparts.

Now, failures and poor performance in basic science also hurts chances for matching. While solid USMLE performance is a plus and helpful, even spectacular USMLE score/s do NOT overcome poor academic performances and/or failures. This is true for US medical grads. So, as noted above, it is even more true for IMG.

Still, all that said, it does not mean to give up hope. Can you match, yes. It just depends on numerous factors, some you control and others you do not. What you do control is performance from this point forward and how much discipline and effort you put into your board exam preparation. You need to be realistic too. Given the general gist of your post, I would say trying to match Derm/ENT/Optho/neurosurgery/surgery/etc.... will be difficult at best.

So really, are the grades in med school important for an img? what if someone had an average gpa but did well on the boards..can they match?? im hearing different answers from people.....
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IMO, they dont. Some will say that failures etc. are counted as "red flags".

The reason I believe wouldn't even care is because lack of standardization in school scoring and exams etc. This is where the USMLE comes into play, it is suppose to be the standardizing feature that overcomes everything else academic.
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