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Default I got 80 step 1....plz look at this..need advice.

dear mates...

i got 80 (196) on step 1 exam ...

i took my exam on 28-july...the exam was really hard just like NBME 12 (even harder) are the exams getting harder now? coz most people i know got around 80s

i wanted to ask a question plz..

i am willing for general surgery...i am am IMG but i am an american citizen...i am willing to take 6 months clerkship rotations In USA in General surgery...i didnt take step 2 or CS till now..

do i have any chances to get a surgery match later on?
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how long did u prepare for the exam , was it all about pathology , physiology and pharmaco ?
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hey Chawkyy

Thnx man...my exam was so mixed...but mainly pharma i guess
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It is good that you are a citizen, it'll help you a lot. I guess, programs pay more attention to score than anything else, since that's what they see first. You did not fail, it's good, I suggest you do really well on your CK, pass CS, of course first attempts. You may even want to consider passing step 3, but make sure you don't fail it or score low. Last year I heard one program director strongly discouraging people from taking step 3, because it doesn't improve your chances really, but may lower it if you don't pass, etc. On the other hand, despite low step 1 score it will show that you improved. Good LORs will help, clinical experience, but find a good hands-on one. Killer personal statement will not hurt either. Oh, almost forgot - backup plan - IM, FM, maybe Peds. Good luck!
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hey tigirica

thanx alot 4 ur words i am totally with u i will do my best in the mean time....a score aint the end of the world....i hope i get Surgey...i know its hard...and 4 the backup plan i will consider it too...ty so much

good luck 4 u 2...wish u the best
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