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HI , i would like to ask a question regarding my situation. I am seriously thinking about stop pursuing my career in medicine. I graduated in 2008 (IMG) and it i took some time off in between. I hear from bunch of people around me that if I score below 85 on steps, it's like receiving a death sentence. I'll be 40 in 2011 and haven't taken any steps yet. I know the scores are the decisive factor in residency matching, but if I get around the average score and pass without failing, do I have a chance?

Please give me a honest response.
 

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To be honest with you

You shouldn't be thinking about low scores. You should aim for high scores.

Go ahead and do your best and am sure you'll get in the high nineties.

Your age is not a factor, it's the years after graduation that has the impact and by 2012 you are still fresh grad :rolleyes:

To be honest with you:

If you don't get the following points, your chances of matching are very low;

- High USMLE Scores (high nineties) in both the steps and first attempt.
- Passing CS from the first attempt
- Getting US LoRs
- Doing USCE
- Applying to low competitive specialties (peds, IM, FM)
 

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Hello steptaker... U said he still gonna be a fresh IMG in 2012. Graduated in 2008. Is that so?

I graduated in 2007 and I was starting to consider myself an old IMG... I'm 28 yrs old. Planning to give step 1 aug 2011. Step 2 early 2012. Then CS. So is there hope for me? Pls clarify!!!
 
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