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Old 04-08-2014
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I have failed step 1 , really very sad ....wanna retake it ...anyone in the same boat....any suggestions how will it effect me.....any how can I overcome it........Plz reply..thanks!
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Old 04-13-2014
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How your fail will effect you depends on many factors, so it's hard to say for sure in your case. In saying that, Step 1 score is the main objective comparator between you and all of the other applicants. So you should work very hard to get a good Step 1 score, which will help you despite your fail.

Statistically, you do have a challenging road ahead, but IMGs with more than one Step 1 attempt get residency positions. Although I don't think you should get too caught up in stats, you might want to have a look at what you're up against - there's a IMG outcome report from the 2013 match that you can download. Part of this report includes data about the number of IMGs who matched and didn't match in each specialty, broken down by number of Step 1 attempts. If you do have a look, I hope that it motivates you to work hard and do well in your Step 1!

Here's a link to the report.

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