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I am a Canadian at Ross and just received low score of 196. Can anyone advise if I should pursue further or look for other options. I am extremely disappointed and sitting with huge loan. What are the other options. Can I get residency in Saskatchewan?
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Just study hard and try to score 230+ on Step 2 in one shot. Doing bad on Step 1 is a ding on the number of residency spots available for you now, but it isn't the end of your career. Hope this helps!

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Also Canadian residency takes into account your MCCEE/MCCQE scores, not your USMLE. Try to clear your Canadian boards in one shot with a good score. Saskatchewan is easier to get residency into comparative to Ontario or BC, that's all I can speculate.
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Thanks and do I need to complete clinical rotations before I write Canadian exams? Do I need to write USMLE step 2 if I am at Ross?
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Well USMLE Step 1, 2 CK/CS are required for you to apply to US Residency's while MCCEE, MCCQE 1 and NAC is required for you to apply to Canadian Residency's. Ross is a Caribbean school, so I believe they will make you do Step 2 CK/CS in your 3rd year/4th year?! I think that is a graduation requirement, you should check with your school administration. When you do Step 2 CK that's when you will also like to do MCCEE as it is very similar in content & soon after that you can do the NAC & MCCQE 1 close to or after graduation prior to applying for Canadian Residency's. Again these are things which if you get in touch with your schools guidance counsellor or administration, would be very informative.

Point is simple, USMLE Step 1 is just one of many milestones in this career if you plan to practice in US/Canada. So don't give up, keep moving on and see where you went wrong and study harder and more efficiently going further!
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Thanks, so it is not end of my career. I should continue to pursue in the same direction and I can even try to get residency in Saskatchewan being a Canadian citizen.
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Hey if you dont mind what were your nbme scores? my exam is in 3 weeks and im really freaking out.
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One last question, I heard that all institutions put filters on minimum step 1 score and normally it is 200. If it is so then they will never get to see my step 2 score.

I still cleared the exam in first attempt but if no one will see my step 2 score then what's the point?
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I am not sure what you mean by filters, you mean to say they don't take you in if you got a certain score? If that were true how are people who fail Step 1 once and pass on the second attempt getting residency spots? My suggestion to you, stop demoralizing yourself with rumours and random speculations with no basis from others and focus on studying. Keep moving on. And it is absolutely true that a 196 is not a good score at all, but it does not mean you can't make up for it using upcoming opportunities, not to mention USMLE is for US only, you can still continue and finish your education and apply in Canada!
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I read few threads that they filter out all applicants with less than a score of 200 and 2nd attempts. Is that true?
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That is true 100% but you are using the term "they" too vaguely, not all programs are the same, some require only pass/fail status. This is something to look into closer to residency.
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