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I am just starting to prepare for step 2 CK. I am an old IMG (2004) Do you think I still have the chances to get a residency. I failed step 2 ck in 2007 (69), after that I haven't taken again. Sometimes I feel really down in this, but I don't want to fail again. I work full time here in NY. Sometimes the only time that I have to study is in my way to work or my way home, and 2-3 hours at night.
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What should I do.
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To be honest with you, your chances are very low.

Most residency programs filter out old grads and/or history of failed attempts.

If at all you still want to make it, you have to do the following:

- Get a very high score in all the steps (this usually mean that you have to give up your current job and study full time)
- Get high profile US LoRs by doing observerships, externships, and/or research.
- Make connections with residency programs
- Apply to less competitive programs (IM, FM, Peds, Pscyh)

Wishing you all the luck
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wow good advice steptaker....I will like to add one more....
-apply to community programs..
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To be honest with you, your chances are very low.

Most residency programs filter out old grads and/or history of failed attempts.

If at all you still want to make it, you have to do the following:

- Get a very high score in all the steps (this usually mean that you have to give up your current job and study full time)
- Get high profile US LoRs by doing observerships, externships, and/or research.
- Make connections with residency programs
- Apply to less competitive programs (IM, FM, Peds, Pscyh)

Wishing you all the luck
waooo thanks to be sincere with me, But I wouldn't think very negative like you so. But I will try my best.
Thanks for the advice.
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waooo thanks to be sincere with me, But I wouldn't think very negative like you so. But I will try my best.
Thanks for the advice.
It's not that I am being pessimistic with you, am just being honest and realistic.
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Is there a way for you to try and work less hours for a few months? And on weekends? Are you working in the Medical field?
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Is there a way for you to try and work less hours for a few months? And on weekends? Are you working in the Medical field?

MMm... I can try, But I work full time in Columbia University Medical Center, been there for 3 years, and its pretty intense. So thats why I got tired and I can barely read for 2 hrs at night.
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MMm... I can try, But I work full time in Columbia University Medical Center, been there for 3 years, and its pretty intense. So thats why I got tired and I can barely read for 2 hrs at night.
wait uve been working for 3 years? tht's quite a long deterrence from working as a doctor.

i think u should definitely quit ur job for a while (tk a solid 8 mths off) or 6mths if u wanna join the next kaplan program. im sure u have enough saved up for the kaplan program. its an intense program but if u follow it intensely im very sure ull pass the boards. if u continue to work in the center any longer, soon any medical knowledge u have will fade away. doctors need to constantly read medical books and learn from patient experience everyday in order to stay being doctors.

take a week to think about this. im not being negative, just tht 3 yrs is way too long if u ask me.
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Default Hey IMG1978!

Why don't you wake up earlier? The first few days are ruff but it gets better.
You should try and do this, you already know the people that will open the doors for you, (remember you work there

Why don't you start with Step 1 first?


Don't keep up putting excuses for yourself... If you want to do it you can!!
Just start thinking when you can start working for yourself, be your own boss(if you go into private practice) You wont have to work for somebody else.

I'm sorry if I am being hard on you, but I used to put excuses for myself all the time.

Take care....
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Thanks for the advice... I will do that way to see if it works. I am just getting frustrated. I am done with step 1. I passed it in 2007
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Thanks for the advice... I will do that way to see if it works. I am just getting frustrated. I am done with step 1. I passed it in 2007
you will work it out I am sure.best of luck!
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Thumbs Up Thanks Vienna4u

Oh thanks Vienna4u. I am reading more now, sometimes you just need people to tell you this kind of things and you keep going. It's just been devastating and I feel my career is vanishing. Thanks for your support.

Could you give me an advise of whats the best to read and try do it in about 4 months.
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Thats the way to go img1978!! It is very hard to start, but once you start it gets so much easier..... you just have to make it a habit and study every day, even if its just one hour.

You did one of the hardest exams, which was Step 1, so I think you should do it!! Think of all those years as a medical student, all the money spent.. you should not let it go to waste....


Some days will be hard, but I think it can be done....Others have done it, why can you??

Keep it up...
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