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So until now I was in a good shape.

Step 1: 246
Step 2 CS: Pass of 1st attempt
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I took my Step 2 CK on August 26th and was about to apply for the 2017 neurology match but today the results came in and I have failed!!

I really don't know what to do. I will take the test again in 3 months and am confident to get a high score. But should I just apply to the match with only my Step 1 score or should I wait for next year? Will I ever have a chance for California programs ever?!!
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Hi OP! We are on the same boat, and I have been looking everywhere for an answer to this. Please let me know if you have decided.
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Hi OP! We are on the same boat, and I have been looking everywhere for an answer to this. Please let me know if you have decided.
So I talked to some folks at Match a Resident. Here is their advise:

If I want to match this year anyway I could apply with only my Step 1 and there would be a pretty good chance that I match. When I get my Step 2 score I can contact the programs and inform them of the update.

If I want to also be able to apply to California programs it would be better to wait for another year. Get a good Step 2 score, possibly also take Step 3, have my PTAL letter ready and also do a clinical rotation. As they said I would still have a good chance of matching into a program in California and having an can explain having an attempt in brief in my personal statement.

I was really freaked out this morning but after talking to a bunch of friends and getting some advice I have decided to wait for another year, build up my resume and go for the 2018 match. Lets keep our fingers crossed
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Fingers crossed for you OP! It's great that you have made up your mind. I have yet to make a decision since I'm no applying to any California programs. Best of luck!

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So I talked to some folks at Match a Resident. Here is their advise:

If I want to match this year anyway I could apply with only my Step 1 and there would be a pretty good chance that I match. When I get my Step 2 score I can contact the programs and inform them of the update.

If I want to also be able to apply to California programs it would be better to wait for another year. Get a good Step 2 score, possibly also take Step 3, have my PTAL letter ready and also do a clinical rotation. As they said I would still have a good chance of matching into a program in California and having an can explain having an attempt in brief in my personal statement.

I was really freaked out this morning but after talking to a bunch of friends and getting some advice I have decided to wait for another year, build up my resume and go for the 2018 match. Lets keep our fingers crossed
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Best of luck to you too. I suggest you also make a call to Match a Resident. Their phone number is 760-904-5484

I explained my situation and they called me in a couple hours with some advise. Helped me a lot!

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Fingers crossed for you OP! It's great that you have made up your mind. I have yet to make a decision since I'm no applying to any California programs. Best of luck!
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I don't know guys. Even with a pretty good step 1 score, applying with an attempt on ck (and without a passing score) is not the best thing for IMGs. (even for non-cali programs) Most programs specifically request a passing ck score for IMGs to apply or be considered for interviews. If you were an AMG, then you could have applied now with a good chance of matching if you get step 2 done before the match, but its a whole different thing for IMGs.
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Hey, your step 1 score is already pretty good. Just make sure you have a really attractive eras app -> helps you get interviews. Then prepare well for your interviews -> goes a long way. If you get your repeat Step 2 scores in time, then update each program w/ an email (to programs you have already received interview, update them. To programs which you want an interview, update then and ask for an interview please).

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