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I am an IMG from India, graduated in March 2016. I haven't give any steps. Would give step 1 in Jan.

I am planning to give step 2CS in March, 2017 during which I am planning to do my observership and I could give my step 2 CK in July, 2017.

My biggest worry is that most observerships are permitted based on scores. Step 1 scores at the least. I don't have any.

I have a few contacts through which I got an observership in paediatrics but it is in a private clinic. I am not sure how helpful that is. And an LOR would obviously carry very less weightage than the one in a university setting. And one more, I got in Internal Medicine, Arkansas which is in a hospital setting.

I am planning to try through a few more contacts. Looks like that's the way to get observerships these days.

If I should apply via email or something, how should I proceed? Do you think it's even worth applying without any scores (and a research during my undergraduation in India)?
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