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I'm an IMG who graduated in 2009. In the past 3.5 years I failed my Step 2 CS and recently my Step 1. I did a clinical elective in late 2009 and that's the only USCE I have on my CV.

Is it still possible getting into a good Internal Medicine Program?

Any advice would really help. Thank you.
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IMO, almost impossible nowaday. Do not discourage you but it is true reality.
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Other countries may still be opening like australia new zeland germany or ur home country
Choose another field if looking inside usa
Like ped or psychiatry pathology
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Other countries may still be opening like australia new zeland germany or ur home country
Choose another field if looking inside usa
Like ped or psychiatry pathology
Good luck my friend
Thank you for your advice and honesty. It's better to accept the bitter truth then believing in a fantasy. I actually an american who went abroad to study medicine. So going out of the country is not an option.

Maybe i'll look into Psychiatry or Pathology.

Anymore advice would be really helpful. Thank you.
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you can still do it
please dont t fail again and get high scores
by the way you are american, and failed cs????
you have to reevaluate your way of studying seriously
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I'm an IMG who graduated in 2009. In the past 3.5 years I failed my Step 2 CS and recently my Step 1. I did a clinical elective in late 2009 and that's the only USCE I have on my CV.

Is it still possible getting into a good Internal Medicine Program?

Any advice would really help. Thank you.

I hate to discourage anyone but with failing both CS and step 1, chances of getting into IM or even family medicine is very low. However, if you get super high scores in your next attempt, do externships/observerships, and try to get serious contacts, then it is possible. I know someone 2 years ago matched with 2 failures on step 1 and got matched into Internal medicine because she had contacts.
unfortunately after 2 failures, you need to have strong contacts to help you get into any residency program.
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Thank you for your advice and honesty. It's better to accept the bitter truth then believing in a fantasy. I actually an american who went abroad to study medicine. So going out of the country is not an option.

Maybe i'll look into Psychiatry or Pathology.

Anymore advice would be really helpful. Thank you.
Anything is possible. I believe that honestly. However it's not possible if the effort is not there. You and only you need to evualate how you are studying. Just being honest here since everyone else is, most people I know who have failed were smart but they just did not put in enough blood, sweat and tears. The steps are monster exams, they are paramount to getting residency which you already know. Just know when you are studying, some other student is out there doing more than you, doubling your work. It's not about one specific back or magic formula, it's simply he/she who puts in a ton of time gets a good score. I believe there are ceilings to peoples potential scores, however no one who studies extrememly hard 10-14 hours/day for a few months will fail and do poorly. As always I advise get off these forums and get to work. You can def match into IM if you get an amazing score, you have the potential to do it. Don't settle for less, work hard and put in countless hours. Sleep is over rated, and this process of beating yourself up while you study is just foreshadowing for the future with residency when you are on no sleep and have to still make correct judgement calls. A life will be in your hands one day, you don't wanna leave any stone unturned. Any way figured this may be somewhat motivational. You got this!!!
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Your chances are very low...low scores are one thing, but failing two major steps..that's a fatal blow to your application. I would've said the same "if u try, u can still do it" crap, but i prefer to speak the truth. So if u decide to continue your usmle journey, keep an alternative in mind as well. Like u can also go for MPH, Mphil n PHD kinda stuff...
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Anything is possible. I believe that honestly. However it's not possible if the effort is not there. You and only you need to evualate how you are studying. Just being honest here since everyone else is, most people I know who have failed were smart but they just did not put in enough blood, sweat and tears. The steps are monster exams, they are paramount to getting residency which you already know. Just know when you are studying, some other student is out there doing more than you, doubling your work. It's not about one specific back or magic formula, it's simply he/she who puts in a ton of time gets a good score. I believe there are ceilings to peoples potential scores, however no one who studies extrememly hard 10-14 hours/day for a few months will fail and do poorly. As always I advise get off these forums and get to work. You can def match into IM if you get an amazing score, you have the potential to do it. Don't settle for less, work hard and put in countless hours. Sleep is over rated, and this process of beating yourself up while you study is just foreshadowing for the future with residency when you are on no sleep and have to still make correct judgement calls. A life will be in your hands one day, you don't wanna leave any stone unturned. Any way figured this may be somewhat motivational. You got this!!!
Thank you for the motivation, but at the same time I need to be realistic in this whole approach. If you know anyone who was in my situation or worse who got in a good residency program, then that would be really helpful.

I'm definitely going to attempt my exams again, and again thank you for the words of encouragement.
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