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Default 200- 220 - AVERAGE OR LOW scores?

Hi guys! My scores on step 1 and 2 are in 200-220 range. Are they considered low or average? any chance to crack Pediatrics residency spot? Please give your suggestions as to how bad are the scores? thanks :-)
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Below average for both step 1 and 2. Sorry...
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Probability of matching for non-US IMGs with this range of scores is between 20-40%.. So, just apply broadly!
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Scores are important but so are many other things

US citizen
YOG
USCE
LORs

And last but not least and certainly imo the most impt

CONNECTIONS.


Once you get the interview it's up to you to impress them...they are not all looking for bookworms...they are looking for ppl that will intertwine with their program nicely

Yesterday the ecfmg reporter came out and said that imgs have increased again this year

Match rate for us imgs was 53 percent and for non us imgs 49 percent
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200 and 220 is a very big range. As this is the lower end of the averages, you need to be more specific. If both your scores are over 215, you will struggle but your chances are not very bad. If one of your scores is less than 210, you will struggle quite a lot. If one of your scores is less than 205, it will be hard in IM given the kind of competition you will face out there. I scored 216/222 , had 10 IVs and matched into my second choice. But I worked my rear end off to improve my CV and it paid off. Good luck to you.
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It is considered low

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Hello! Can I also ask? My step 1 score is 214 and my CK is 234. I'm off to take the CS and do some obervership which will be giving me LOR. What are my chances?

YOG -2012
Not a citizen. Needs J1
Publications - Just my undergrad thesis and some 1 during med school.
My target is IM. Any ideas and advice?

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Hello! Can I also ask? My step 1 score is 214 and my CK is 234. I'm off to take the CS and do some obervership which will be giving me LOR. What are my chances?

YOG -2012
Not a citizen. Needs J1
Publications - Just my undergrad thesis and some 1 during med school.
My target is IM. Any ideas and advice?
I think your chances depend on how well you interview at the programs you get calls from. You have a reasonable chance of matching. I think doing research will be more beneficial in your case. I had two research experiences and two observership, in the interviews no one asked me about observerships - only asked about research. Good luck
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Thanks! So I need to get into research? Like clinical trials?
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Drsaid, can you tell us how you improved on your CV? Whats your year of graduation?And what interviews did you get?
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Drsaid, can you tell us how you improved on your CV? Whats your year of graduation?And what interviews did you get?
YOG 2010 + 1 year internship.
I had 1 month of medical electives in Canada.
1 year of clinical research experience, in ICU of a university hospital
3 months of observerships in New York, 1 in a Cardiology clinic, and 1 with an internal medicine doctor.
I was also working with another researcher in cardiology at a University research center in Cardiology from October last year to now. Reviewing papers, grants, and finding publications for new topics to research.
I had 2 publications from home country and 1 non-peer reviewed newspaper article on Hep C (which is what the program I matched into was particularly interested in).

My interviews went really well because our conversations were fruitful. People want to know whats going in the field of medicine and how you are helping to advance it. Everyone knows how easy it is to get LoRs from Private practises - everyone has them. Research experience is not something everyone has. The projects I worked on were interesting, and I did my best to make them sound important. I practised what I would say about each project, a carefully crafted and well rehearsed speech explaining the studies, its important and how I am an integral part of the team aiming to complete this project.

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I think your chances depend on how well you interview at the programs you get calls from. You have a reasonable chance of matching. I think doing research will be more beneficial in your case. I had two research experiences and two observership, in the interviews no one asked me about observerships - only asked about research. Good luck
I forgot. I have 2 posters presentation during medschool does that count as research?
Plus 2 papers during my undergrad years. Published in the department library does that count?
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I forgot. I have 2 posters presentation during medschool does that count as research?
Plus 2 papers during my undergrad years. Published in the department library does that count?
They will definitely find space in the eras application, in terms of importance, not much, I doubt anyone will care. I had those as well.
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Oh. Well atleast I know now.
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Oh. Well atleast I know now.
It's hard for me to say, you know, it maybe that your poster arouses interest in the PD as its a topic he/she is interested in and he decides to have a conversation on it. But out of my ten interviews, no one asked me anything about posters/presentations. I still think it looks good and makes a well rounded application.
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It is considered a low score
You said that before too. Do you have anything constructive to share? other than reminding them what they already know
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