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Default FMG med student from Mexico, need advice!

Hi! Like the title says, I'm a FMG med student from Mexico and I'm planning to take the steps in order to do a Surgical residency.
I know surgery is highly competitive and that I'm going to need high scores. I also know that I maybe have to take a prelim position first.

My problem is that the school is giving me three choices
1) Do an observership (3 months) in the Methodist of San Antonio and then 3 months to do an elective.
2) 3 months off to take the step 1 (+ 3 months prior to dedicated to do some pre-studying) in order to secure a better elective (the majority of programs asks for step 1 score. Those who don't ask, charge way too much for an elective)
3) Just 3 months for an elective (no step 1, no observership)

I don't know what to choose, someone help me please
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