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Please try to search this forums. I'm sure you will find many people that have been in a similar situation. 230 is the average in the US after all.

But please, relax. You passed. 231 is not a bad score.
 

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wow....i am actually envious of u that u r done with ur step1......aarrgghhh dunno when mine vl end :toosad:
ur score is decent....very decent...aim higher in ck!!!!! nd with some good LORs i dunno y anybody wud reject u....
chillax and go on with ur next steps!!!!!!:rolleyes:
 

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it is decent...u must compliment it with ur step2 scores though....but ya ur step1 score looks promising...
one thing that u must remember is that step1 alone does not decide everything...
gudluck!!!!!
and for a week forget this forum and usmle and party hard man!!!
 

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i am second year mbbs student from karnataka. planning for psychiatry. i am doing research work to add to my cv. so i will not be able to study for usmle. is it ok to take it after internship cos am planning to publish paper and do some presentations in 3rd year? in karnataka we have mandatory rural service for an year after internship. wont it be too late if i take after an year of internship. i dont want to compromise with my scores too.. really confused.. pls help me
 

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Sumsum,

I've heard people saying that the later you apply for match, the lower your chances. But. Even old graduates match. Research is definitely a big plus in your CV.
I think you should try to work out a schedule that fits you - take those tests as soon as you can, but aim for the score as high as you can.
I think it is totally okay to take it after your internship. If you have good scores, you will be ok.
Besides, psychiatry is one of the less competitive specialties. That also plays in your favor.

Wish you all the best!
 

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so is it necessary for me to borrow kaplan notes now?
is it really ok to like psychiatry? cos i prefer a lighter subject..even in the test you take to see which speciality suits you i had got pediatrics first and psychiatry second.. i think pedia is not for me.. before i got into mbbs i had always imagined being a doctor in medicine opd.. i have really less confidence in myslef passing usmle with good scores required for demanding and competitive domains as i am not a very studious fellow... also i dont i have good dexterity to be a surgeon or patience to attend overnight calls.. IM requires patience for ambiguity as well as years of perseverence as we tend to superspecialise later.. i found radiology to be a bit boring since der is no direct interaction with patients....so i thought i would settle with psychiatry and started research and stuff in the same..is my decision fine? cos i have started some research stuff in psychiatry and i keep feeling what if i find it uninteresting later.. y is psychiatry less competitve? and do imgs get into demanding residencies?
 

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If you want to have a high score, it is a good idea to start with your preparation as soon as possible. That way, little by little, you will get that material under your skin.
I cannot tell you which specialty is right for you. I think that most people don't have a clue what is right for them, me included. So I guess, you should do what feels right.
You never know, how will you end up feeling about the thing you chose. Maybe it will be great, maybe you will want to run away. What you can do is: talk to people in the specialty you're interested in and get as much experience as you can. That way, you will have a better idea if you like it or not.
As for the competitiveness, NBME uploads match statistics, one of those tables has average Step 1 score (and probably there is one for step 2 ck too) for matched applicants with interquartile ranges in different specialties. According to that table, the mean score for matched applicants in psych was 220.

IMGs do get into competitive residencies, i know a couple of people who did get into very competitive programs. However, these people are crazy in a way. What I mean to say. If you are really determined and hard working, there is a good chance that you will get into any program you like. But it is not that common. If you want to pursue a super competitive specialty, you should have a very strong CV. That means - good scores, LoRs, US clinical experience, research publications, etc.
 

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hey thanks a lot.. my aunt is a psychriatist in the us. so i may get clinical experience.. my point is if i find psych boring later on wont all my present efforts go a waste..
 
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