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Hello everyone,
I am an IMG who graduated last year. I just recieved my step 1 score : 203.
I am very disheartnened since I had scored 240/600 on uwsa and 222 on nbme 7. The real test was tougher than UW n nbme. I knew after the test that I would not get a good score but was not expecting below 210.
I wanted to apply for radiology but obviously that has gone down the drain.
I have done 1 elective and 6 months research at mass general hospital, boston in IR ( 3 publications, 1 poster presentation and contributed in Harvards imaging atlas) and 2 pretty strong LORs.
I want to ask, with this score where do I stand ? Should I give up my dream of doing residency in the US ? any advice/opinion would be greatly appreciated. Thank you ...
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im not sure man, but currently i think its kinda hard. you got pretty good stuff behind your back but that score is way low for radio, Amg scores for radio residents ave 250s up, who knows even more. if you got 250+ in step2 ck & increase your radio electives, i think you could still make it.
i got good practice scores too, but in reality ended up ave score.
just give it evrything you got on ck, coz you already have nice credentials (except the score). Good luck man.
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Thank you everyone for the advice. I know it is pretty late but I came across my post and never got the chance to update my situation. I applied for IM and Rads in Sept 2013 and ended up getting 5 IVs in Rads/none in IM. I matched into a Radiology Residency program in march 2014. I am currently completing an internship/prelim year in surgery. I guess my stars were aligned, that I ended up matching with below average scores. CS pass, Step 1-203, Step 2-199 (1st attempt for all). Thanks to you guys for giving me hope when I was down after my Step 1 result. Cheers
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Thank you everyone for the advice. I know it is pretty late but I came across my post and never got the chance to update my situation. I applied for IM and Rads in Sept 2013 and ended up getting 5 IVs in Rads/none in IM. I matched into a Radiology Residency program in march 2014. I am currently completing an internship/prelim year in surgery. I guess my stars were aligned, that I ended up matching with below average scores. CS pass, Step 1-203, Step 2-199 (1st attempt for all). Thanks to you guys for giving me hope when I was down after my Step 1 result. Cheers
May I ask if you need visa?
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Yes. I am currently on a J1 visa.
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Yes. I am currently on a J1 visa.
Just to be honest with you (and no offence), I'm quite surprised that you were able to match with grades under 220 in both steps, without being a US citizen or having a G.C. Did you have very strong LORs, a lot of USCE?
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None taken, I was surprised too. I had 4 waived LORs but I guess the strongest aspect of my CV was the 1.5 years of research experience. Before applying in Sept 2013, I had quite a few first author original articles/lit reviews and oral/poster presentations at RSNA/ARRS/SIR etc
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None taken, I was surprised too. I had 4 waived LORs but I guess the strongest aspect of my CV was the 1.5 years of research experience. Before applying in Sept 2013, I had quite a few first author original articles/lit reviews and oral/poster presentations at RSNA/ARRS/SIR etc
Thank you for your reply, I thought that research experience can never be considered as a "strong part" of an application, everybody has always told me that only "hands on" USCE counts as "strong" (not even observerships).
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For Diagnostic Radiology, I would say research exp with publishing articles in reputed journals/presenting at conferences does make a difference. Of course preference is given to high usmle scores and strong LORs like applying for any other specialty.
You are correct, electives count more than observerships, but getting a strong/waived LOR from them is more important. But again, that is just my theory.
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I am glad that you updated about your matching.
Though I am a good student but I got a very low step1 score and an attempt at CS. The resaon being I tried to do everything on my own without doing a lot of research about the steps and their importance. I am an IMG and I am a practicing physician in my country and I do feel my credentials dont match my calibre but for matching all they look at is scores.
I am trying to do the best now, hoping to get interviews from community hospitals. Dont have enough money to do research, yet trying to make contacts and trying to cover up for the 2 redflags on my cv.
Sometimes emotinally overwhelmed i feel may Be I m not destined to be in the USA???
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This is impressive , what you think I need to have a spot in general surgery with score like yours may little bit butter ??
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