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Hi, I would like if anybody can help me about my chances to get a prelim in IM
Step 1 225
Step 2 ck 219
Step 2 CS second attemp pass
No usce

I would like some recommendations
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Based on the information you provided:

Pros- ECFMG Certification, and average Step 1 score
Cons - Lower Step 2 CK score, no USCE, CS attempt, and YOG longer than 5 years

The good news is it's not completely impossible for you to Match into IM. Your Step 1 score is right about where it needs to be and you should be ECFMG Certified which gives you more program options.

The bad news is you will need to work very hard on your application. If possible, you should obtain some USCE (Externship, Clerkship, or Sub-internship) or at least an Observership, research or volunteer experience right away so you can have USCE on your ERAS Application and get Letters of Recommendation from the US that are specific to IM.

Your Personal Statement will need to be very carefully worded to explain your CS attempt in a way that puts you in a good light (advice for addressing red flags and gaps is at:

I also suggest you apply as broadly as possible. Budget your finances wisely so you can apply to a minimum of 100 programs (over $2,000) and possibly more (as long as you qualify for the program). You may even want to consider, and prepare for, a backup specialty.

Your chances are not fantastic, but it's not impossible for you to Match either. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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