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How did you explain CS attempt during interviews?
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Having a red flag such as a failure in any of the Steps including CS does put you at a significant disadvantage.

We have definitely had people match even with failing CS twice. But, the first challenge is a) getting interviews. You may just get filtered out. Second, you absolutely have to be prepared to answer questions on why you failed.

Here are some quick tips.
1) Take full responsibility. Even if there was a tornado during your test, you have to take full responsibility. Making excuses makes you look bad.
2) Offer a complete explanation. Briefly go over how you prepared and where you thought your preparation fell short.
3) Explain how you then corrected your course and then passed the test
4) Offer lessons learned and re-direct the course of the question to where your strengths are. Specifically for CS, explain how you feel that your ability to communicate with patients is strong given XYZ observerships, etc.

We have a ton of other free tips on our blog.
Steve @ http://www.residencyinterviewquestions.com/blog/
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