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    vascsurgeon is offline Newbie 510 points
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    failing a cardiology elective...applying to IM

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    Guys, Im freaking out!! Heres the issue:

    Im currently a 4th year and doing my electives. I started a cardiology elective the beginning of this month but missed several days due to interviews and traveling. Thus, the preceptor has just told me he will be giving me a F!!! He was initially okay with me missing days but seemed to change his mind. If he gives me this F, my gpa will drop but still much more than enough to meet the minimum to graduate. Also, I have time to make up another 4 week elective.

    My question is, how bad does it look on my transcript when time come down to matching? Obviously, residency applications will not have this grade on their table but will see it when they get my final transcript. My USMLE stats: 222/226/CS first attempt/US citizen/ Caribbean img. Applying to IM and FM

    anY INSIGHT would be greatly appreciated!! any tips on how to handle this situation?

    -freaked-out-and-cornered!

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    I review applicants for my residency program. Considering how dull looking through these applications is, theres a few things I look for:

    -School attended
    -board scores
    -Class rank, 3rd and 4th year grades
    -1st sentence of each paragraph in personal statement
    -Last paragraph of each letter of recommendation

    A fail in a rotation is an automatic dump to 'do not invite' pile

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    axiomofchoice is offline Senior Member 6116 points
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    I left out: list of publications - actually the aspect of app i evaluate most thoroughly

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    I don't think the programs will ever get to see the remaining of your grades. The question is whether schools update grades on ERAS after the initial applications, and I don't think so.

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    nice discussion,

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