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Question Step 1 score 208; Any chances?

Hi every one, got my step 1 score really bad 208. Just wanted advices over what are chances or what can be done to get residency in IM or peds. Please let me kn seriously depressed.
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Hi Those are low scores but the most important thing is that you passed. reflect on what went wrong and re strategise for step 2CK, Iam retaking step one, my first attempt i failed it, so if you passed i think just get over the depression and go on. You will be a great physician
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I just have a question,how low is actually low for IM ?!
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I think it depends on you visa status..if you are an IMG needing visa..anything below a 220 is low for internal medicine..in fact the university programs set a filter at 220 so even if you've to apply this much score is needed in step 1 and 2..but then again a 215 is better than a 205.. And many programs only ask for a passing score to be able to APPLY..to get matched is a different story..
But then you can improve in step 2 and 3.. And do all kinds of electives and research and get matched..I know one thing about usmle for sure..'if you have the patience and u want to get matched, you will'..just keep working hard..one test cannot decide everything..good luck..
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so are you saying that not needing a visa will ameliorate the effect of the low score?
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It can..to some extent..I mean not totally but it's helpful..one less thing to worry about..
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I think it depends on you visa status..if you are an IMG needing visa..anything below a 220 is low for internal medicine..in fact the university programs set a filter at 220 so even if you've to apply this much score is needed in step 1 and 2..but then again a 215 is better than a 205.. And many programs only ask for a passing score to be able to APPLY..to get matched is a different story..
But then you can improve in step 2 and 3.. And do all kinds of electives and research and get matched..I know one thing about usmle for sure..'if you have the patience and u want to get matched, you will'..just keep working hard..one test cannot decide everything..good luck..
Is dat case with peds also. I hvnt applied for visa yet. N what step2 score can seriously make a difference??*
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I am in the same boat..step1 score being 202.. I think if we improve considerably like by 30-40 points at least ,dat shud make a difference..so aim for 250 plus..and btw what is your year of graduation..?
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I am in the same boat..step1 score being 202.. I think if we improve considerably like by 30-40 points at least ,dat shud make a difference..so aim for 250 plus..and btw what is your year of graduation..?
2011 ne idea about pedia
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It's a little lower for pedia..208 is not that bad for pedia..but programs are fewer and u need to show them you are interested in pediatrics and not applying just to keep it as a back up..and for that u need to have some observership and research experience and pediatric lor's from US doctors..plus improve on your ck score..get above 230 atleast..see the thing is IM and peds both consider step 1 and step 2 scores equally important..so u can make up for 208 by getting a good step 2 score ..but try to get some good lor's too..apply widely and in less than 5 years of your year of graduation..In fact the sooner the better..good luck
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