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Old 02-08-2012
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Surgery Can I get surgery with this score?

hey guys i want to apply for surgery, i have done 2 electives, neurosurgery and urology.
i am done with step 1 got 209 in it.
now i am going to prepare for step 2 ck.
so my question is, do i have a chance to get in to surgery?
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Well residency depends more than on step 1 score. ur score in step 2 if u can increase it by some notches will surely help you in the long run plus u have 2 electives done and believe me these electives are like gold. they will help you too in the residency match ..with ur score in step 1 FM is surely gonna come but if u want to get surgery just dont be disheartened!! thats the fun of USMLE. u always have the chance in step 2CK to improve and bag surgery LUCK
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sorry i didn't understand, are you saying that step 1 score is more important than step 2 or step 2 is more important than step 1?
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Default be realistic!

First, I mean you should be realistic and not give up your dream.
With that score, to match Surg residency would be a big problem even for an FMG. Sure, you cannot go the typical path, consider the atypical path. If you can't be happy with IM, then work extremely hard, show your quality and prove that step1 score is just a bad luck event. It takes more time, more effort but eventually, you will reach the position you dream of...
Do you mean General Surgery/ EM or Pathology?
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so i can get IM with this score?
I mean surgery is my dream and if i do good enough in step 2 , is it possible that i will get interview calls?
cuz i am very sure i can prove them how much i love surgery if i get interview calls
but just curious what can be my options with this score?
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are u an AMG or IMG?
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are u an AMG or IMG?
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why?
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no i meant that plays a role too. but definitely with clerkships/observships and research you can get surgery in addition to high CK score..all the best
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i don't want to put down anyone's dreams, but a score of 209 is not competitive for surgery in many aspects. first of all, you are an IMG, hence, your chances reduce automatically.

second, if you don't have any clerkships etc. your chances reduces further.

regardless, your step score is not competitive and i am saying that as a pragmatic, realistic person.

now if you do outstanding on your step 2 (250+) and have research experience, maybe you can become competitive.

209 is competitive for FM, Ob/Gyn, Psych and some IM programs. But surgery is not one of them. Sorry!
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