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Old 03-09-2016
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Default Failed CK one week before match. Lung cancer and USMLE story - PLEASE ADVISE

I'm a 4th year AMG, having passed step 1 - 199 and CS both on first attempts. My step 1 is low because my dad died a month before the exam.

This year is just another f**ked up year. October last year my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer - she looked like the walking dead. As an only child I basically dropped out to take care of my mom. I didn't tell the school bc I set up BS rotations with docs I knew to ensure I get "credit" for rotating. Why didn't I defer? Bc it was my moms last wish (she literally was convinced she would die) that I finish school. I was distraught as you can imagine and put off CK until February (last month) when my mom started to get better. I couldn't study, I was worried still as I already lost 1 parent and couldn't bare the thought of losing my mom. I NEVER thought I'd actually fail CK. But who does right?

3 days before the exam I scored 232 on UWORLD assessment and 224 on NBME 4. I was sick and tired and I just wanted a fighting chance for SOAP. I applied ONLY to preliminary gen. surgery. Uworld was about 60% average and only finished 70% of the qbank.

I failed by 3 points as I got my results today. Wtf am I to do? I haven't released my scores yet, and only STEP 1 is in ERAS.

Advise me please!!! Do I quickly retake and get it out of the way while still applying for SOAP only with my step 1? I'm certain i'll pass. Why? Because my mom is better and I can fully concentrate and I made retarded mistakes which I knew better not to.

How do I explain I failed 1 week before match week? When programs ask "why haven't you taken CK?"
Do I conceal I failed and wait for a passing score and then release should I get a prelim spot?

I don't know what to do honestly. I feel as though I nearly sealed my coffin and that doesn't even concern me at all compared to the shame I have knowing I let my mom down.

I need solid advice. I'm a mid-tier student having High passed all my 3rd year except 1 Honors.
2 strong letters and 2 I assume were decent.

I only applied to prelim. But im open too all options as I just want to match. Psy, peds, FM, I don't give a F - but I don't have letters for these programs. I only have surgical letters and EM.

So that's my story. A loser who condemned himself and his loved ones.

I really need help, please guys offer some guidance.
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Hey man,

Sorry about your parents, look I'm a foreign medical graduate and had a similar situation when I was about to finish my medical school couple years ago, my dad died of an stroke and I felt really affected in that time considered also to leave the career as I didn't have much mind to think about anything else, my mother stood by me and I overcame that and now I'm here trying to do a residency in this country.

You had the strength to do your final medical year with your problems I would suggest you taking again the exam and explaining your situation to the program directors maybe the persons that wrote your letters of recommendation could have some connections that may help you in the SOAP.

I don't know you but I can say as far as you shared with the forum that you're a strong person so move your contacts this last week, give everything you have now and be honest and not ashamed while explaining what you have lived, don't forget that night becomes darker just before dawn.

Hope you have great news in this match and wish you and your mother all the best.

Best regards
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