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I am a non-US IMG, YOG:2015, step 1 :259 step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 231. i am hoping to match internal medicine but worying a lot about the huge gap between my steps scores. what shall i do?
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I am a non-US IMG, YOG:2015, step 1 :259 step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 231. i am hoping to match internal medicine but worying a lot about the huge gap between my steps scores. what shall i do?
Congrats for an amazing step 1 score!
What should you do? Let me tell you what you should not do first! Do not panic. You will surely match. This is what you should do: Nothing! Just ensure you hv explanation for the gap. That's all u need. Hope to see you in ACP conference in near future.
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What should you do? Let me tell you what you should not do first! Do not panic. You will surely match. This is what you should do: Nothing! Just ensure you hv explanation for the gap. That's all u need. Hope to see you in ACP conference in near future.
Thank you very much for the kind words. people kept telling me its considered a big redflag to have such a big drop and wont even pass through the filters to get an interview.
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Thank you very much for the kind words. people kept telling me its considered a big redflag to have such a big drop and wont even pass through the filters to get an interview.
Not exactly true! That's not a filter component at least for mist programs. How many years is your gap?
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Not exactly true! That's not a filter component at least for mist programs. How many years is your gap?
It will be 4 years since i graduated by the time i start training.
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I am a non-US IMG, YOG:2015, step 1 :259 step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 231. i am hoping to match internal medicine but worying a lot about the huge gap between my steps scores. what shall i do?
Having gaps for preparing for USMLE steps will not be having impact on the application you can explain about the preparation. Also, you can gain multiple hands-on clinical experience in the specialty you want to match which can help in making CV strong and can show that you are clinically active.
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I am a non-US IMG, YOG:2015, step 1 :259 step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 231. i am hoping to match internal medicine but worying a lot about the huge gap between my steps scores. what shall i do?
What did you do in that gap? If you worked- say that in your CV, if you have any volunteer experience at that time mention that. Otherwise, if there is something personal, you need to be open about that in your IVs and make it sound like it was a necessity and you were able to revert back; make it sound fascinating how you did it. It is all about presentation skills. Review your answer with a matched applicant or senior person in this field who will be able to give you feedback. Goodluck!
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I am a non-US IMG, YOG:2015, step 1 :259 step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 231. i am hoping to match internal medicine but worying a lot about the huge gap between my steps scores. what shall i do?
i dont think having gap for preparing USMLE steps will be an affect for the application. You can explain it in personal statement about the preparation time. Also, you can gain hands-on clinical experience which can help the CV and can show that you are clinically active.
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