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Unhappy Horrible Step 1, Mediocre Rotation Grades...IM Chances?

Hey everyone,

So I'm in sort of a panic mode over the idea of having to apply for an internal medicine residency next year and if anyone would even offer me an interview. I've had a rough last year with some family stuff, and ended up with a 193 on Step 1 ( I know, ouch). I thought that might shock me back into working harder on my year 3 rotations but then we had kind of a life-changing family crisis that threw everything up in the air and I ended up failing the shelf for two rotations then passing them the second time around. Basically, ending up with satisfactory passes in all the rotations but no high pass or honors.

I was doing really well my second year, with honors in nearly everything, and science gpa even with all the problems is at a 3.5, but of course I don't think that matters very much in the face of how horrible year 3 is going.

Still have Step 2 CK/CS left, hopefully those will give me some credibility. But right now I just want some opinions on how an internal medicine residency would look at just those basics. Do I get weeded out before even being offered interviews?
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Your Med School is a deciding factor when it comes to matching. However, Internal Medicine is not that competitive for American Medical Students.

I urge you to gear up for your third and fourth years, Ace the shelfs and do as much IM rotations as you can.

Definitely get >200 in CK

You then should be on your way to a good IM Residency

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