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Question 3 Attempts in Step 2 CS...My chances?

Hello fellow doctors,

I am in a bad position. First off I am an IMG graduated in 2002. I do have a green card. I passed step 1 first attmept 229. Passed Step 2 CK 219 in first attempt. However, I failed step 2 CS twice because I rushed to catch the last match. It was all my mistake I underestimated the exam. I regret taking the exam the second time so quickly. But the damage has been done and I took it the third time and passed all above markes (which i know dosnt really matter).
So now my question is what are my chances in matching in pediatrics. I am a pediatrican with a neonatology speciality. I do have LOR from hospital from my native country I am in the middle of research with a pediatric dept here in a US medical school and planning to grab a few LOR from the professors.

So that was a little about me. What do you guys think of my chances? Has there been people who have attempted cs 3 times in the past adn still matched. I am not limiting myself to just pediatrics, I will try IM, and family.
Is there anything else I can do that can alleviate the damage I have done with CS.

Thank you docs...
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Those CS failures are a big handicap and you are a very old grad. But, on the other hand, you don't need a Visa and you have years of great experience under your belt.

In 2012 about 10% of the Ped positions were taken by IMG's (non-US). That adds up to about 250 or so positions in the US.
However, about 10 or so States take greater than 10% of IMG's for their first year Ped. positions. They will be the States where your application will find the greatest favor and that is where most of the Pediatric IMG's go (over 75% of them, I'd say).

Examine the programs in those States. Maybe some of them are interested in the Research you are doing or have a personal knowledge of the professors you are working for. Shorten the odds in your favor.

In my mind this is a better strategy than applying desperately for things you are not interested in.

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