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    Score Range for IM

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    Does anyone know how high one needs to score on the step 1 to ensure a residency spot for IM?

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    a 75 might ensure it in some places, but a 99 might not insure it in others

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostfamous
    Does anyone know how high one needs to score on the step 1 to ensure a residency spot for IM?
    Above 80 on both steps...you will surely get in somewhere...

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    !!!

    it depends weither u r an IMG or not IM is highly competitive, if you are thinking of an 80 score u should study as if you want the 99 that's the spirit!, what a man can do another can do, when it comes to USMLE you guarantee nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DR.FATIN View Post
    it depends weither u r an IMG or not IM is highly competitive, if you are thinking of an 80 score u should study as if you want the 99 that's the spirit!, what a man can do another can do, when it comes to USMLE you guarantee nothing.
    I agree....your aim should be always to get a score in the high 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asu_tx View Post
    I have seen some one with 78.
    It also depends on what your long term goals are. If you want to do a fellowship in anything competitive, then you'll want to attend a program that increases your odds of attaining a solid fellowship. These programs tend to be competitive as well. Obviously, the higher you score on step one, the more potential that doors in upper-tiered IM programs may open for you.

    I'm sure that you could land IM somewhere with the score posted above, but what are the realistic chances of that person getting a GI fellowship in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anencephalic View Post
    I'm sure that you could land IM somewhere with the score posted above, but what are the realistic chances of that person getting a GI fellowship in the future?
    18 IMGs matched into fellowships outta like 2000-3000 spots this year. Kern has one of the 18.
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    and it depends on what fellowships you are talking about...

    most competitive:

    cardiology
    GI
    allergy/immuno (b/c there are so few spots available)

    competitive:

    heme/onc
    pulmonary
    nephrology
    maybe rheumatology

    not so competitive

    infectious disease
    geriatrics (this doesn't fill usually)

    i'm pretty sure more than 18 IMGs filled those fellowship spots. but i might be wrong. in fact, if you look at the % of IMGs in these subspecialties, there are an overwhelming amount of them, all across the board, even in the competitive ones.

    basically, you can get into many IM programs with a 75 on your boards. it's probably a community program that doesn't fill it's spots every year, and they offer prematches all day long, and any resident you talk to wants to leave b/c all they do is scutwork.

    you can also get a 99, and not even be offered an interview (i.e., duke, MGH, hopkins, etc), for even IM!! unbelievable right?

    if you'd like to see where students are competitive with their scores, check out this site. not all IM programs are created equal.

    Interview Stats - Student Doctor Network Forums

    keep in mind, many of these posts are from US students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wcb22 View Post
    and it depends on what fellowships you are talking about...

    most competitive:

    cardiology
    GI
    allergy/immuno (b/c there are so few spots available)

    competitive:

    heme/onc
    pulmonary
    nephrology
    maybe rheumatology

    not so competitive

    infectious disease
    geriatrics (this doesn't fill usually)

    i'm pretty sure more than 18 IMGs filled those fellowship spots. but i might be wrong. in fact, if you look at the % of IMGs in these subspecialties, there are an overwhelming amount of them, all across the board, even in the competitive ones.

    basically, you can get into many IM programs with a 75 on your boards. it's probably a community program that doesn't fill it's spots every year, and they offer prematches all day long, and any resident you talk to wants to leave b/c all they do is scutwork.

    you can also get a 99, and not even be offered an interview (i.e., duke, MGH, hopkins, etc), for even IM!! unbelievable right?

    if you'd like to see where students are competitive with their scores, check out this site. not all IM programs are created equal.

    Interview Stats - Student Doctor Network Forums

    keep in mind, many of these posts are from US students.
    i was referring to GI only
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