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Pakistan My USMLE Score is 79/192 Help me Please

i got 77 (192) in step 1 exam. just got my score 24 hours back.

i just wanted to know that whether i have got any chance(what percentage?) of getting a residency in US or not??
what should i do know?
i am an IMG from PAKISTAN?
Can someone give me a realistic advice!
i am seriously in need of HELP.
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i got 77 (192) in step 1 exam. just got my score 24 hours back.

i just wanted to know that whether i have got any chance(what percentage?) of getting a residency in US or not??
what should i do know?
i am an IMG from PAKISTAN?
Can someone give me a realistic advice!
i am seriously in need of HELP.
I would say that it is challenging, but there is something you could do to enhance your possibilities. US Research experience is always good choice. I is better that you would do research for those people who decide the residents. If you get along so you would have possibilities getting chances for residency. And if you get name in good articles that won't harm you either.

Of course put all efforts to step 2.

What specialty you have thought? Some residencies are easier to get.
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I would say that it is challenging, but there is something you could do to enhance your possibilities. US Research experience is always good choice. I is better that you would do research for those people who decide the residents. If you get along so you would have possibilities getting chances for residency. And if you get name in good articles that won't harm you either.

Of course put all efforts to step 2.

What specialty you have thought? Some residencies are easier to get.
hey fin do u have any idea which residencies are easier to get for img's? i am intersted in neurology or psych?
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hey fin do u have any idea which residencies are easier to get for img's? i am intersted in neurology or psych?
What I have heard the operative residencies are difficult and conservative specialties are easier to get in. Also I heard that EM and anesthesiology are quite IMG friendly and of course family medicine.

Here is some statistics in matching

Somewhere was also statistics about average step1 step 2 CK scores of matched residencies. I didn't find it now, but I am trying still...
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FA has a page near the beginning of the book that shows average step scores for various residencies. If you look at that you'll see that Family and OB/GYN are similar in terms of score required to match. Dont' think about the score so much. Its' much more to do with contacts and research experience. We all know of people who matched with similar scores. If you pass the step 1 you have completed the major milestone on the road to residency in the US. The score is important, but so are many many other things. I'd concentrate on those and for now.
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dont worry, you should be really happy you just passed the hardest step. If it is your first attempt chill out, you still have a shot (I know people who passed step 1 on the second attempt with a minimum passing score and still matched into a program).

Look out for programs that only requires a minimum passing score (IM, FM, neurology, psychiatry).
Anyway you still have 3 other tests you can ace. Just get higher scores on the next steps and try to do observerships, externships and get good LOR.
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Thankyou folks for making me feel better.

it just seemed that it was the end of everything for me.
i think it was just my luck that i had to get such a score.
by the way in which specialities can people
having very low scores like me may get a residency???
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Thankyou folks for making me feel better.

it just seemed that it was the end of everything for me.
i think it was just my luck that i had to get such a score.
by the way in which specialities can people
having very low scores like me may get a residency???
less competitive specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, preventative medicine, and psychiatry.
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I think you can add Paeds and Pathology to it too.
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Hi all,
I'm in a similar situation,196/80. I am about to start my clerkships (from Pakistan but went to Caribbean school). I feel awful, I really want IM---with the option of fellowship later on but feel residencies are really competitive these days and I don't stand much chance.

Any advice on standing out during rotations to get good LoRs? Who gets good LoRs, students who are knowledgeable, students who put in the work, what counts more?

Also, I have loads of time since I'll apply for the 2013 match and almost two years before the application process. How do I find research opportunities?


BTW, someone mentioned Anesthesiology..i was under the impression that its really competitive and you need a really high score although it is open to IMGs-can someone clarify this.thanks
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Hi all,
I'm in a similar situation,196/80. I am about to start my clerkships (from Pakistan but went to Caribbean school). I feel awful, I really want IM---with the option of fellowship later on but feel residencies are really competitive these days and I don't stand much chance.

Any advice on standing out during rotations to get good LoRs? Who gets good LoRs, students who are knowledgeable, students who put in the work, what counts more?

Also, I have loads of time since I'll apply for the 2013 match and almost two years before the application process. How do I find research opportunities?


BTW, someone mentioned Anesthesiology..i was under the impression that its really competitive and you need a really high score although it is open to IMGs-can someone clarify this.thanks
If you are going to Caribbean Med School then most probably you'll be having US rotations and that will be a great advantage for you.
You can do research while you are a medical student and that would really count high. Ask your profs at Med Schools and see what opportunities you have.
Good LoRs come when you show extreme dedication which entails both high levels of knowledge as well as hard working (such as being there early in the morning and staying late and doing everything you can do)
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