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Old 01-09-2012
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Help How to go abt after failed Step1?

Hi everyone,

I have some queries and would need you advice to move ahead.

I am an IMG. I graduated 4 years back. I gave my Step1 last year and i failed. I paid for CS before the results came. Now I am in dilemma whether i should give Step 1 again or not.
What are the chances of getting through a residency after a failed attempt?
Is it worth the efforts and money?
Many of my friends with good scores have been trying for residency for almost 2years but they haven't got anything.
Considering that the number of US graduates are increasing this year, should i go for it?
Please guide me through this.
What all i can do to make it through..
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hi, i am so sorry about what happened. i hope that you are doing well emotionally.
since you have paid for cs, i think you should do the cs, the money is non refundable, after the cs start studying for step 1 again, i think you should do step 1 again.
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Sorry to hear that buddy. Well, here's my opinion. I can't say to you how much one failed attempt represents for your chances in getting in a residency overall (considering even little programs etc). I know that some places (most of the big ones) do not accept applications of people who failed before pass. But what I can say from my experience in the US and of my friends is: If you get in a residency in your country and pass the steps you can easily get a fellowship in the US. Folks don't care about the step scores or failed attempts for graduated people that are applying for fellowship programs (although, they do care about your curriculum - no need to be outstanding but make sure its enough to show real interest in the area of application). And then you will be at the US and can try a job after the fellowship and so forth. If want to come to US and can wait a little bit more that's the ''easiest'' way in your case. But i repeat. I am giving my opinion based on my experience and what I saw in the US. Hope that someone else answer you too.
Pray and the light of God will lead your way.
All the best.
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Like the previous poster said a fail will really hurt you in the process, so if you're going for the Step 1 again, make sure you ace it and not just get an average (or below average grade). Also, make sure you build a strong application. You are 4 years postgraduation. Do you have any actual clinical experience? What have you done those four years? Research (even if in your country), US clinical experience, volunteering, any job experience, etc. My opinion is that even things like workshops and conferences may help, at least they show that you are willing to stay up to date and that you are still showing interest. Also, everyone knows LoRs are very important. If you can't get good LoRs from the US then try and get those from your country, but they better be VERY good. This is for the Match at least. We IMGs are at a great disadvantage, but getting in *somewhere* is not impossible if you build a strong application. It isn't just your board scores, though those are probably the most important aspect.

And yes, it will be getting progressively harder every year that passes.

If you are already in a residency or are willing to start in your country, then your other choice is applying for fellowship like the previous poster said...

So you must decide - if you want to shoot for residency in the US then you must be committed to not just the Step exams. You have to go all the way.

Good luck
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Thanks for the prompt replies everyone.

I have work experiences for the lapsed years. have done one month US observership also. I've one research work also in my home country.

I am ready to put in all my efforts if it can work out. But i see no hope.
Please let me know how can i improve my chances?

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