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Question Bad step1...Okay step2 Chances for neuro?

Step 1: 220

Step 2: 240

I go to Ross University School of Medicine. No publications but I will have research experience at Tufts this summer.

What are my chances for the following?
1) Neuro
2) General Surgery
3) IM
4) ER
5) FM

I am freaking out about my poor Step 1 recently and any comment regarding my current chances and advice on ways to improve my chances would be really helpful guys. I feel obliged!

Thanks again!!!
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As I'm also currently preparing for next year match, my opinion is based from what I read only.

I believe your Step 1 score is not poor, it's around the average of American Medical Graduate. However based on the book "Choosing a Medical Specialty" the average USMLE Scores for applicants who matched to Neurology program is 225 (NRMP 2011). However, that being said most likely your score will pass most programs filter.

After you pass the filter you can redeem your score with a great LoR and CV. Getting a good LoR, connections, research experience I believe are the keys to secure residency position even with an average score. Plus, your CK score is also great. The advantage will also be with you if you are a US Citizen.

For Neurology they have PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions, probably you can apply to PGY-1 Neurology and also PGY-1 IM as a back-up so that later you can apply for PGY-2 Neurology the next year.

Best of luck!

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As I'm also currently preparing for next year match, my opinion is based from what I read only.

I believe your Step 1 score is not poor, it's around the average of American Medical Graduate. However based on the book "Choosing a Medical Specialty" the average USMLE Scores for applicants who matched to Neurology program is 225 (NRMP 2011). However, that being said most likely your score will pass most programs filter.

After you pass the filter you can redeem your score with a great LoR and CV. Getting a good LoR, connections, research experience I believe is one of the key to secure residency position even with an average score. Plus, your CK score is also great. The advantage will also be with you if you are a US Citizen.

For Neurology they have PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions, probably you can apply to PGY-1 Neurology and also PGY-1 IM as a back-up so that later you can apply for PGY-2 Neurology the next year.

Best of luck!
Thanks for your reply!! Yes, I am a US citizen. I have a letter from a Neurologist (a professor during my basic sciences), a letter from a Neurologist during my clerkship, a letter from a OB/Gyn Chief resident, and General Surgeon. All of them Board Certified and all 4 letters are great.
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Thanks for your reply!! Yes, I am a US citizen. I have a letter from a Neurologist (a professor during my basic sciences), a letter from a Neurologist during my clerkship, a letter from a OB/Gyn Chief resident, and General Surgeon. All of them Board Certified and all 4 letters are great.
Well, statistically speaking your chance is really high. Just apply broadly to many programs, and prepare back-up plans. (this is the advice from my mentor )
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Step 1: 220

Step 2: 240

I go to Ross University School of Medicine. No publications but I will have research experience at Tufts this summer.

What are my chances for the following?
1) Neuro
2) General Surgery
3) IM
4) ER
5) FM

I am freaking out about my poor Step 1 recently and any comment regarding my current chances and advice on ways to improve my chances would be really helpful guys. I feel obliged!

Thanks again!!!
you have a very very very high chance. excellent marks , 24 month usce. ROSS studeny. huge chance, do not mess up the interview you will be matched.
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