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    Programs accepting multiple usmle attempts

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    I am a Carib med grad with multiple USMLE attempts. Which programs would you advise I apply to? I am having a hard time finding ones that REALISTICALLY accept my repeat USMLE attempts (Step 1 = 2 attempts, Step 2CK = 3 attemtps, Step2CS = first attempt pass)....all borderline pass-scores.

    I am desperate for any help/advice. I have 2+ years of US clinical experience and solid LoRs.

    I am interested in Family Med, Peds, and Psych (but honestly, will take ANYTHING).

    Please PLEASE please write back. I do not have much in the way of funds ($$) to apply to too many programs nor to purchase lists advertised

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    your best bet will be matcharesident.com and use their built in feature/filter which shows programs with step1/2 attempts! Good luck to u!

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    I checked matcharesident, but it requires that I purchase ($) a list Again, my issue is that I am extremely low on funds

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    First off, for someone in your circumstance, you are probably quite a bit too late to apply this cycle if you have not already. The programs you are trying to get will be starting early with interviews, and we are almost a month into the process. That stinks, but it is what it is. You did not mention whether or not you are a US citizen or Green Card holder... if not, your task just got infinitely more challenging.

    Secondly, you need to do a lot of research about programs and apply broadly. "Broadly" means, in your case, several hundred programs, and only ones which have accepted foreign grads in the recent past. You will have time to research this if you are not applying until next September. Look, I know that this is expensive, so you need to get some credit cards, or sell some body fluids, or borrow from Uncle Stanislav, or sell your prized baseball cards, or do whatever the hell it takes to apply broadly. I would try to shoot for 300+, very seriously. Start collecting those cans and bottles now. You cannot go short on this process, especially with your scores. Your ONLY realistic chance is to bite the freaking bullet and apply to every single place that makes sense. Obviously, don't waste money on Mayo and Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic, because that would be ridiculous. Every place that makes sense and has accepted IMG/FMGs recently, though. What are you going to hold back for, so that you can do it again next year? And the year after that?

    Looking at things very honestly, here, applying broadly is essentially your only real chance of getting some interviews, unless you know somebody. And if you knew somebody, I rather doubt that you would be posting this on VMD. With multiple takes on multiple Steps, you don't have the luxury of winnowing down the list to try to save on cash. That chance passed when you didn't attend a US MD or DO school, and took the boards multiple times. Sorry, and it sucks, but that is where things stand. (Also, make sure that your letters aren't going to foul you up if you are applying to multiple specialties. A pediatric PD isn't going to want to hear about how you will make an excellent psychiatrist, for example. Remember that you will need separate personal statements for each specialty, as well.)

    Soooo, my six-step, eleven-plus-month recommendation: 1) Find/beg/borrow/don't-steal money. 2) Research the hell out of programs. 3) Apply AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE in September 2013, to like 300+ programs. 4) Get interviews (hopefully). 5) Interview in a most charming and impressive manner (hopefully). 6) Match (hopefully).

    Good luck...
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    ^^ what he said...
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    I failed CS. American. Dates arent available till Jan. 220s on both steps. want IM. Have some IV already. What should I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUofC2013 View Post
    I failed CS. American. Dates arent available till Jan. 220s on both steps. want IM. Have some IV already. What should I do?
    sit by the computer on the CS site and try to click on an available date...they do come open unexpectedly (usually at 3 am... ) and take it...and then book a flight to that place!
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    Am i completely screwed if I dont retake it by the dec 31

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUofC2013 View Post
    Am i completely screwed if I dont retake it by the dec 31
    for this match, yes...you have to have CS done and passed by dec 31st to participate in the 2013 match...you will be automatically withdrawn from the match by the nrmp if you are not ECFMG verified by the ROL (actually 1 week after the ROL is due).
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    Thanks another question. I did not automatically transmit my score, When Should I do that? thanks

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