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i am an IMG in the prefinal year of my med school..and have very poor step 1 scores(213/80)..with the rumours of IMGS being weeded out of the system makes me feel even more bad..initially i was aiming for IM...but with my scores i now feel almost done with IM..want to do electives in my final year..I wish to ask whether it will be fruitful to do 3 months electives in paediatrics or shud i try for psychiatry electives..I also have heard that community level hospitals offer no fellowship and students from community hospitals find it impossible to get to fellowship..is it true??and is it true that most paed programmes are Uni programmes..i am quite ignorant of the detailed facts and also unsure of the future proceedings..so as always i have decided to post my queries before the members of this forum bcoz throughout my journey in step 1,everyone has been so kind to me here in this forum.:sorry::sorry:
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The average Step 1 score for NON-US grads who matched into Ped according to the charting outcomes in the match 2011 is 219. Ur score is 6 points below that. That doesn't mean that u can't get it. Try doing better in CK and CS and pass all in first attempt and do those 3 month of electives and get LoRs and u will be on ur way. GL
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i am an IMG in the prefinal year of my med school..and have very poor step 1 scores(213/80)..with the rumours of IMGS being weeded out of the system makes me feel even more bad..initially i was aiming for IM...but with my scores i now feel almost done with IM..want to do electives in my final year..I wish to ask whether it will be fruitful to do 3 months electives in paediatrics or shud i try for psychiatry electives..I also have heard that community level hospitals offer no fellowship and students from community hospitals find it impossible to get to fellowship..is it true??and is it true that most paed programmes are Uni programmes..i am quite ignorant of the detailed facts and also unsure of the future proceedings..so as always i have decided to post my queries before the members of this forum bcoz throughout my journey in step 1,everyone has been so kind to me here in this forum.:sorry::sorry:
About half the programs in Pediatrics are community based (with Univ. affiliations). Your Step 1 score is not great, but you should try to do really well on Step 2 (show that you just had one bad day) and apply very widely for what interests you.

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