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i am a 2010 graduate with low scores i.e. 224/209. I came to US in april 2013 with the sole purpose of applying for 2014 match. as my scores were low so i had 3 things to do. Pass CS 1st attempt, step 3 220+ and reasonable USCE. So i appeared in CS on 15th may 2013 and failed in ICE when result came on 26th of June. i was shattered. this was the 1st failure of my life. I could not think so of any error i did as far as ICE is concerned. i some how mustered up my courage and decided that if i could give CS prior to 13th of July i would still be ECFMG certified before 15th of September. so i appeared again on 11th of July 2013. during my 1st encounter i started having flashbacks, SP was answering my Qs and i was not listening to him. i hardly took any notes. when i came out i sat in front of the computer for 5 minutes and i was at the brink of nervous breakdown. i called the proctor and told him that i want to quit. he took me outside to another guy who tried to counsel me. but i was totally lost. when i came out of the CS center i called my mom back home and she could not believe her ears. after failing CS twice other efforts to save my sinking boat are meaningless. so i have finally decided to give up. 3 years of study, anxiety, passion, money, time ....everything wasted. This land is for competitive people. i could not prove my competence. i know some of you guys would still motivate me but all of you know that i am not a limping horse...... i am a dead putrefied dog. i dont know where my fate would take me but this is for sure that life has lost its meaning for me. LOVE AND BEST WISHES FOR ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. BYE BYE
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First of all do not think of yourself as a putrefied dog or a limping horse for that matter. Humans do go wrong sometimes in life. You are not a failure. US residency is not the ultimate achievement in life or the be-all and end-all.

You are making a smart, practical decision by quitting now. Take time to heal and believe that God has better plans in store for you. Wishing you good health and happiness
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i am so sorry to hear about your situation..i know USMLE is very hard..specially for people like you and me who have trouble controlling their anxiety..but one thing is for sure..whatever decision you take be happy with it..
This is not end of the world or life..after 3 years of your dedication and hard work even if you quit USMLE , it doesnt make you any less of a doctor. Remember 1 thing, we are and always will be among the top 1% of the population. We can have a bad experience but who doesnt. If you discuss your situation with people who could not get into medicine you will realise how noble our profession is and how fortunate we are..and btw these are just exams and let me tell you CS is a lame exam , it doesnt judge your clinical skills in any way..And passing and failing in this exam involves a lot of luck..its not the end..if you have a dream you will be able to fulfill it as long as you do not quit. USMLE is not for competitive people only, sometimes even those who were very average in their med school do extremely well and vice versa. And life isnt about winning a competition every time..think about it..also talk to your friends and family, they'll always be your side no matter what.
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hey man
dont feel bad. i can relate to
the whole anxiety thing.
i left cs after first encounter
due to anxiety and now have
an incomplete attempt on my transcript.
i could have mustered up the confidence
to do the exam and finish it but
did not because of lack of confidence.
at the end, i realize usmle is not everyhing in the world.
u should be proud u passed very difficult
exams that even amgs fail.
give cs another try atleast even if u dont
get residency ur ecfmg cert will open
doors for u someplace else.
i hve been through 'life has no meaning'
phase but we are not quitters my friend
so take time to relax . take it wen ur ready only.
and pass it with flying colors this time.
residency in states is not everythng
and like stated above. God has better
plans for u if not residency. keep the chin up.
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i am a 2010 graduate with low scores i.e. 224/209. I came to US in april 2013 with the sole purpose of applying for 2014 match. as my scores were low so i had 3 things to do. Pass CS 1st attempt, step 3 220+ and reasonable USCE. So i appeared in CS on 15th may 2013 and failed in ICE when result came on 26th of June. i was shattered. this was the 1st failure of my life. I could not think so of any error i did as far as ICE is concerned. i some how mustered up my courage and decided that if i could give CS prior to 13th of July i would still be ECFMG certified before 15th of September. so i appeared again on 11th of July 2013. during my 1st encounter i started having flashbacks, SP was answering my Qs and i was not listening to him. i hardly took any notes. when i came out i sat in front of the computer for 5 minutes and i was at the brink of nervous breakdown. i called the proctor and told him that i want to quit. he took me outside to another guy who tried to counsel me. but i was totally lost. when i came out of the CS center i called my mom back home and she could not believe her ears. after failing CS twice other efforts to save my sinking boat are meaningless. so i have finally decided to give up. 3 years of study, anxiety, passion, money, time ....everything wasted. This land is for competitive people. i could not prove my competence. i know some of you guys would still motivate me but all of you know that i am not a limping horse...... i am a dead putrefied dog. i dont know where my fate would take me but this is for sure that life has lost its meaning for me. LOVE AND BEST WISHES FOR ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. BYE BYE
You by no means are a failure so stop talking about yourself like that.
You are a champion for acknowledging that things may be hard, smart people know when to quit.

You passed step 1 with an above average result, that puts you on the top of the pile compared to the rest of the Medical world; remember the USMLE's are considered as the hardest licensing exams in the whole world.

CS is so lame is not even funny, whatever you do and whatever you think always keep your head up.
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First of all take a deep breath and RELAX......things like this happen in this thing we call life.....dead putrefied dog? Come on bro have some self respect.....this is not the end of the world....you passed two of the hardest exams IN THE WORLD

Some people pass some people fail, that's why we have these things called exams....just cause u failed doesn't make you any less of a person or doctor.....cs is very very very subjective exam that depends nothing on clinical knowledge....I mean a person who doesn't even have a degree has your fate in his/hands......

Whatever you decide to do just remember....not everyone graduates hs.....not everyone graduates medical school....not everyone passes medical boards....you've made it much further then most....and they can never take the knowledge you've ascertained......

Hope u do muster up the courage one day to take this exam again and get ecfmg certified....get some connections, as it's the most important thing

Good luck to u....this thing we call life keeps moving forward
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Just give CS another try. What have you got to loose? You have a good step 1 score. Even with 1 or 2 fails in CS people get into residency with below average step 1 scores. Try to go for a live CS course. Good luck.
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Give yourself another try. You will not lose anything. Maybe you will open another door for yourself. But don't rush to the exam before you are well prepared. Try to find a live partner to practice. You may take some live courses if needed. Good luck!
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Don't worry so much man, life has its UPs and DOWNs. There are some people who become doctors in a short amount of time and there are many others who take a longer route to achieving their dreams.

This is just 1 setback in this long journey that you decided to take. Think about people who have failed step 1, failed step 2 CK, and then gone on to fail Step 2 CS also. These people have gotten into residency.

Take a few months or even a year off and do some other work. Come back to this exam when you feel you are ready and try it once more. Prepare really well next time.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
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Even if you have decided not to pursue the residency training in US, I am sure wherever you will train you will be a successful doctor. Please do not underestimate yourself. You have worked hard in your life and you should be proud of yourself.
Wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.
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