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Unhappy Step 1 Failure; Is there any hope!

I recently received my step 1 results and had failed. Am confused. I graduated in 2009. Is there any hope for me to get a descent program with these results if i retake the exam, assuming I pass the rest of the steps?
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I recently received my step 1 results and had failed. Am confused. I graduated in 2009. Is there any hope for me to get a descent program with these results if i retake the exam, assuming I pass the rest of the steps?
I am an IMG..
Hello,

I'm so sorry to hear about this... I understand how tough it is to face the overwhelming hurdle you are facing... My advice first and foremost is to take some time to heal, as this is undoubtedly very tough to accept. But once you are feeling better, it is time to re-evaluate what went wrong, and the first thing you should do is take a detailed look at what you did in preparing, as you will want to adjust your prep for the next attempt.

If you want some help in assessing your strategy the last time around, please feel free to share it here and I will have a look and give you some feedback based on what I believe to be anything that is not likely to yield the best results. I deal with many students every week who are preparing after a failed Step 1 attempt, so I can help you put together a plan that will work.

Feel free to send a private message if you like, otherwise, I will keep an eye out for your response.

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I'm so sorry to hear about this... I understand how tough it is to face the overwhelming hurdle you are facing... My advice first and foremost is to take some time to heal, as this is undoubtedly very tough to accept. But once you are feeling better, it is time to re-evaluate what went wrong, and the first thing you should do is take a detailed look at what you did in preparing, as you will want to adjust your prep for the next attempt.

If you want some help in assessing your strategy the last time around, please feel free to share it here and I will have a look and give you some feedback based on what I believe to be anything that is not likely to yield the best results. I deal with many students every week who are preparing after a failed Step 1 attempt, so I can help you put together a plan that will work.

Feel free to send a private message if you like, otherwise, I will keep an eye out for your response.

Dr. Paul
Dr Paul can you please elaborate on the fact how badly a failed attempt on step 1 looks on cv while applying for residency as also asked by distraught.
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I recently received my step 1 results and had failed. Am confused. I graduated in 2009. Is there any hope for me to get a descent program with these results if i retake the exam, assuming I pass the rest of the steps?
I am an IMG..
I'm sorry. You should take some time to recuperate. Figure out what went wrong ? How were your NBMEs or UWSA scores before taking the exam? See your result and check the subjects in which your performance was below average. Talk to some body who has already aced the exam to get some kind of moral boost. And Dr Paul has very graciously extended you all his support so you must share your study techniques and devise a conducive study plan with his help. Most importantly accept it and move on without any feeling of despair. Work hard and smart this time around. You will ace it. God willing.
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Dr Paul can you please elaborate on the fact how badly a failed attempt on step 1 looks on cv while applying for residency as also asked by distraught.
The truth is that it does hurt your CV, there's no way around that fact... with so many students applying for these positions, it is definitely a setback. BUT, it is not the end of your career by any means. Some may argue that statement, but I personally know several dozen students who have failed, comeback strong the next attempt, done well on the CK, and matched successfully.

The key to overcoming a failure is to do well the second time. I know that sounds obvious, but you want to comeback with an above average score (ie. 220+). When you come back strong, it looks as though you simply had a bad day and it was a fluke. For example: Step 1 failure, Step 1 225, Step 2 CK 230, Step 2 CS 1st time pass, Step 3 225. Altogether, you've set the tone of being a solid scoring student, and the failure looks out of place, and for that reason many will overlook the one bad result. Many won't, but many will. Those programs that won't are those which simply don't accept failure, and unfortunately that's just how it goes. But if you can turn things around with a series of solid scores, one failure is not the end of your medical career.

I hope that answers your question and gives some insight into what it takes.

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The truth is that it does hurt your CV, there's no way around that fact... with so many students applying for these positions, it is definitely a setback. BUT, it is not the end of your career by any means. Some may argue that statement, but I personally know several dozen students who have failed, comeback strong the next attempt, done well on the CK, and matched successfully.

The key to overcoming a failure is to do well the second time. I know that sounds obvious, but you want to comeback with an above average score (ie. 220+). When you come back strong, it looks as though you simply had a bad day and it was a fluke. For example: Step 1 failure, Step 1 225, Step 2 CK 230, Step 2 CS 1st time pass, Step 3 225. Altogether, you've set the tone of being a solid scoring student, and the failure looks out of place, and for that reason many will overlook the one bad result. Many won't, but many will. Those programs that won't are those which simply don't accept failure, and unfortunately that's just how it goes. But if you can turn things around with a series of solid scores, one failure is not the end of your medical career.

I hope that answers your question and gives some insight into what it takes.

Best of luck!
Thank you Dr Paul. You have described it just the right way.
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In retrospective, I think I was not that prepared to take the exam. I was trying to get results in time for the 2014 application deadline. I read all Kaplan notes, watched most of the videos, not all and read FA once, then did UWorld questions. My highest score on Uworld was 72%. I scored 185. I intend to read FA 3 times, do all world and, listen to goljan lectures from now till December. Hoping to take exam in mid December or early January. Then cs 3months later as I want to be ready for next application. Anyone have anything to say about this plan? Thanks for your earlier contributions!
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Did you take any NBMEs?
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Did you take any NBMEs?
exactly. did you take any practice nbme exams, that you purchased? not doing them offline, but actually purchasing...?
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No I did not do any NBMEs. Will do them this time round. Thanks guys for all the help. I feel psyched up already and in great mood to start my reading again!
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