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Greetings Doctors,
I am a final year medical student here in India and I gave my step 1 a year back and did not pass. Although I am going to start my 1 and only elective that i got in Pathology in a week i would want to know what are my chances of getting into a Pathology residency?
I can afford to do residency in India too. The only thing that worries me is that I don't want to waste time in application process. I mean if i don't match in my first attempt it would be horrifying. Can anybody tell me what should i do to improve my cv and after becoming a graduate from my home school what should i do to boost up my cv. I have spoken to a few seniors who are trying for the 2014 match but not in pathology have told me to do research elective for a year and then apply. I am really confused and low on confidence.

I would really appreciate your advice.
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I think since you'll be a recent grad your attempt shouldn't hurt you much. But pathology is a very selective field and in order to get you have to shoe considerable interest. Your elective is a good start, try to contact other places to get more LORs from pathologist, you'll need atleast 3. Study hard for step 1 again aim for a score above 230 or atleast look up the avg scores needed for a pathology residency and aim above that. Have a good explanation on why u failed step 1. Just remember once you get the interview your just as good as other candidates so don't demoralize yourself that you won't be ranked just because you have an attempt. Work on communication skills, it's by far one the most important criteria any PD will look for.. Good luck
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I think since you'll be a recent grad your attempt shouldn't hurt you much. But pathology is a very selective field and in order to get you have to shoe considerable interest. Your elective is a good start, try to contact other places to get more LORs from pathologist, you'll need atleast 3. Study hard for step 1 again aim for a score above 230 or atleast look up the avg scores needed for a pathology residency and aim above that. Have a good explanation on why u failed step 1. Just remember once you get the interview your just as good as other candidates so don't demoralize yourself that you won't be ranked just because you have an attempt. Work on communication skills, it's by far one the most important criteria any PD will look for.. Good luck
So I shouldn't do md pathology in India and then apply? Should I stick to United States of America only ? I do have considerable chances to match?
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Hey Doc,

If your true interest is Pathology, get in as much hours as possible in your pathology lab, volunteer, go the extra mile. That way one of your Attending doctors can write you an honest letter that states your good qualities while comparing your candidacy with other applicants (and how you'd be better choice). Again, work HARD, make Patho your favorite subject and more importantly be a friend to your attending so that he can help you in this process.

It's always a good idea to write a killer personal statement (well written, no errors) and have a native English speaker with a science background proof-read and correct it, hopefully someone with a Masters or PhD. You know those English Majors or Literature majors? They are quite useful as proof readers and editors. If you have time, go to craigslist.com, find a good writer to help edit your attending's letter and your personal statement as well.

Also, if you have family in the US (cousins, uncles, kin, etc), you have to take advantage of that fact. That way you can stay with them for at least 3 months to a year, and literally look up EVERY pathologist in that city or surrounding cities and politely write them a letter and show up to their office! Tell them you are there to help them in any way... basically, throw yourself in to the network, it will not come looking for you. Don't be afraid or timid because the only thing that's true is: if you don't try, you wont get it, if you do try you might get it -- so try. In a nutshell, a 3 month rotation (where you will show great interest) should get you other letters of recommendation from actual pathologist.

Lastly, don't give up. I did not say to get a good score because obviously that's a must. Next time do not take the USMLE if you're not ready. Take NBME practice tests to judge your readiness.
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P.S you don't need a 'good' explanation to state why you failed step 1, it's best to just be honest (TRUST ME on this one) and perhaps in your personal statement you can allude a phrase or two regarding the matter
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P.S you don't need a 'good' explanation to state why you failed step 1, it's best to just be honest (TRUST ME on this one) and perhaps in your personal statement you can allude a phrase or two regarding the matter
I'd like to know more on this topic. I just got my CK score and it was not good. How should I say about that on interview. My step 1 score is not that bad (237) and now I am preparing for CS. Would appreciate your advice!

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