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Dear all,

I want a sincere opinion about my situation. I am an IMG who wants to apply to Psychiatry. I was doing well until I failed the Step 2 CS.

My credentials until now are:

Step 1: 229
Step 2 CK: Not yet taken.
Step 2 CS: Retake after done with Step 2 CK.

Year of Graduation: 2012.
Degree of MSc in Sciences.
Principal Investigator of a Regional Proyect in Latin America.
Research presentation in International Meetings regarding Mental Health.
2 LORs from top University Programs.
2 months of US experience.
2 Scholarships to attend International Conferences.

Do I still have chances?

Thank you.
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Dear all,

I want a sincere opinion about my situation. I am an IMG who wants to apply to Psychiatry. I was doing well until I failed the Step 2 CS.

My credentials until now are:

Step 1: 229
Step 2 CK: Not yet taken.
Step 2 CS: Retake after done with Step 2 CK.

Year of Graduation: 2012.
Degree of MSc in Sciences.
Principal Investigator of a Regional Proyect in Latin America.
Research presentation in International Meetings regarding Mental Health.
2 LORs from top University Programs.
2 months of US experience.
2 Scholarships to attend International Conferences.

Do I still have chances?

Thank you.
I am in the same boat, you always have a chance, what I can see from what you stated your strength is step 1 score is decent, good research experience . but theres a thing I couldnt comprehend what do you mean by 2 scholarships to attend conferences, what is the significant of such a thing?
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Yes, I think you have a chance and increasing that chance falls on a number of factors. Your Step 1 score is decent and it looks like you have a more experience academically than the average American medical student or IMG applicant. The NRMP data does show that there is a big decline in the number of IMGs matching to psychiatry with more than one CS attempt, but I think you have strengths that can compensate.

To increase your chance, I would make sure you don't have any gaps in training (have you been focusing on research only or have you been practicing as a physician? Have you had any time "off" all together?), get above-average CK score and of course pass CS. I can't comment on your LORs too much (its sound like they've already been written). LORs from well-known US institutions can be helpful as long as they go into helpful detail about you. There are some other things that increases your chances of getting interviews, such as perceived commitment to the specialty (eg. LOR writers and you specify your passion for psychiatry), excellent personal statement and permanent residency/citizenship vs other visa and applying well to a good number of programs.

There are other factors that will help you to match also when it comes to interviews as well that go beyond your credentials, such as how well you communicate in English and how nice of a person you come across as.
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