To all on the forum, please forgive me for the lengthy message, but my situation is quite advanced and there is really no other way to go about describing it.
I attended a College of Medicine in Tennessee. I began school in August of 2002, and essentially finished in 2007. The reason for taking 5 years instead of 4 is that I needed to take a leave of abscence due to health issues (I had to undergo back surgery). However, I was unable to graduate with my medical degree from UT because I did not pass the second step of the medical boards. I actually missed passing by 6 points. Now, this requires some background eplanation so please bare with me.
I have never been one to perform well on standardized tests but I always did well in school and made excellent grades and my record at UT was no different. However, I took Step 2 CK of the USMLE exam 4 or 5 times and did not pass. I was going through some tremendous personal issues at the time including a divorce and other family problems. Due to not passing the boards and receiving a grade of an "F" in my final 1 week clerkship, I was essentially forced to withdraw from my medical school without the ability to appeal the withdrawal or any type of say in the matter. It was either withdraw or be expelled and lose the chance to ever be in good standing with a medical school again (or so I was told). So I took the former. I received the faling grade in my final clerkship because I didn't turn in a signed form by a resident saying that I received a grade of "A" for the clerkship. The reason I didn't turn the form in is because I had failed the boards and was literally fighting with my ex-wife over divorce related issues. I feel into a depression and remained there for a few years.
However, after my withdrawal, the medical school enacted a policy that a student has to have completed the curriculum within 6 years from starting medical school. I have been trying to find a way to get the school to allow me to retake my final elective (which was only 1-2 weeks long), and was relatively insignficant. However, I was told that I would have to completely re-apply to medical school and given my record and because of the 6 year rule this wouldn't be possible. Now, I cannot retake the boards without being in medical school, and I cannot technically graduate medical school without passing the boards. Furthermore, I will have to go back and retake all of the USMLE exams for medical school since there is a time limit there, but I don't mind this. However, since I was admitted to school and withdrew BEFORE the 6 year completion policy was enacted, and because my grades were A's and B's throughout my entire medical school career (with the exception of the one course), I hoped to be at least be allowed the chance to retake the elective since the new rule should not apply to me.
I have contacted numerous officials at the medical school all the way to the Chancellor of the medical school and have gotten no real cooperation. I currently work for a physician as a physician's assistant and feel that I should at least have the chance to finish school and hopefully retake the boards. Though I did not pass the second step of the boards, I did pass the first step and the clinical skills portion without issue. In addition to all of this, I have also contacted other medical schools in my state and encountered similar difficulties.
If anyone could give any advice regarding my situation I would greatly appreciate it. I am entertaining going to Caribbean medical schools (but they are more expensive than most US schools). Also, I entertained going to a DO school, but again, I would have to go through another four year program. If anyone has gone through a simliar situation I would really appreciate any advice. Thank you for your time in reading my post.