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Old 10-21-2013
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dear forum ,
can anybody help me?i tried to prepare for step1 twice and twice i didnot get courage. now i think i should go ahead and take the exam in march 2014..graduation year is 2009. i have been doing clinical practice in my home country, pakistan.
i am hearing the situation of interviews this year looking very scary. guys tell me should i try or quit due to old graduation year?? my family situation is different. i have married to a usa girl and immigration is in process. moreover i am willing to do medical assistant or such course at first to get contacts and earning rather than just work on petrol stations or stores.
guys i am 31 year of age right now. suppose if i get 220 plus on every step and no attempts, it makes sense to try or not?? i will go for 2015 or 2016 match. plz advice me in light of my scenario. i am depressed right now. i also expect honest suggestions from sabio and steptaker too.
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Hi hope490, absolutely! I would say that citizenship is a major advantage, also with your wife you will integrate very well in the States! So in my opinion with decent scores, preferentially also Step3, you have a decent shot at FM, IM, Psych ! Don't lose hope, good luck!
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What's the root cause of your depression? Inability to take the steps? Or financial security?

Things are harder if you are 5 years post graduate. But your trump card is the citizenship you will gain through naturalization.

You need money for this process, and you need a timeline. Set your goals for next year.

You also need to deal with your depression before you start taking the steps. Go on fluoxetine if you have to. Talk to a psychiatrist if you have to. It's a grueling process, and if your mind is fragile, it might break. So see a doctor.

Don't set your target on 220s, else you end up with a 200. Set high targets, and try and achieve them. There are many posts on the step 1 forum. Go and read them up, they are quite helpful.

You need usce. Try and search online for usce and apply early, spaces get filled up quickly. You need to do exams before becoming a medical assistant, and that's just a distraction. Your main focus should be the usmle. If you don't find any places offering observership/externship, try looking for volunteering positions, they are equally useful.

Now go, and despair no more !
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