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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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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.
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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There will certainly be programs that filter out your application based on 4 years since graduation, but there is nothing you can do about that. As for the drop in Step scores, we've never heard of a program that filters out based on a drop (or rise). The way the filters work is that they look at scores on an individual test (e.g., filter out everyone with < 220 on Step 2 CK). Even though your Step 2 CK score is notably lower, it should still pass most if not all filters. What it all comes down to now is your personal statement and your interview, in other words how you narrate your gap since graduating and your gap in your scores, and we can certainly help you with that.

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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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Hello,

Nice work on your exams! Although you have a very high Step 1, it is still possible that you may encounter program filters for your CK score or Time Since Graduation.

That is why it is important to utilize Match A Resident to help build a Compatible Program List, making sure that you will be applying to only programs which will consider your application in its full: www.matcharesident.com

Also, making sure you have a strong MyERAS Application and Personal Statement (as well as strong US-based LoRs) will help solidify a Match. Learn how Residency Experts can help you edit, craft, and optimize your application as a whole: www.residencyexperts.com
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