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Listening 211 in step 1.... Journey to surgery

I need an honest advice from you.
I just got my step 1 result and it was shocking to me.
score is 211

I was planning for surgery though I know it's highly competitive.
All what I've now is to do my best in step 2 to get a high score, pass CS first time inshallah, get 3 LORs from US surgeons with 3 months externship in surgery.
I need your advice regarding my pathway
should I proceed or it's better to think of an alternative which is surgery in another place ?
Getting a decent general surgery is my main goal and not the living in the the US.

I really need advice.

Thank you
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Its do-able but hard to get it... Just work on the CK and Step 3 to get good score and u will be competitive, btw, in the new system 211 is equivalent to what in 2 digit if u dont mind... in the old system that was 88-89 but now, i dont know.
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Originally Posted by surgeonkareem View Post
I need an honest advice from you.
I just got my step 1 result and it was shocking to me.
score is 211

I was planning for surgery though I know it's highly competitive.
All what I've now is to do my best in step 2 to get a high score, pass CS first time inshallah, get 3 LORs from US surgeons with 3 months externship in surgery.
I need your advice regarding my pathway
should I proceed or it's better to think of an alternative which is surgery in another place ?
Getting a decent general surgery is my main goal and not the living in the the US.

I really need advice.

Thank you
Yes now you should work hard on step2 and getting USCE. You should try your best. I am not a resident in GS but I can tell you that its very competitive for us IMGs. So its always good to keep other options open. You will be studying for step2 and CS now, so you can easily do PLAB1 and PLAB2 with it. You can then reassess your situation after you are done with these exams. But keep the USMLEs as your first priority as it needs a lot of time and dedication.
Goodluck!
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