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    Is it true that if I didn't clear step 1 on my first try but did on my second try. I am still not allowed to apply to university programs for resisdency? I was just recently told this information. I am completely heartbroken and annoyed at the same time. I can't believe one mistake of mine can become such a big problem. It is also true that you can't even apply to some residency anymore such as emergency medicine? If somebody could reply that would be of great help.

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    all residency programs are different in their requirements. I know some that say you must pass all steps on the first attempt. Others dont care.....what should be of a bigger concern is what states you can't be licensed in.....i know Alaska is one that requires you to pass on the first attempt. I would guess that failing a step would make you less competitive for university programs but probably doesnt rule all out
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    it's a tuff life, but a lot of that is true. maybe not for internal medicine, but EM is pretty competitive. all you can do now is do your best on step 2, i'm talking blow it out of the water with a 250/99. it will take a lot of work and dedication, but you CAN do it. i've seen others with upper 70s on step one who really make a comeback. it's possible, and if you have any prior experience as an EMT, that weighs in as well. it's not ALL about the scores, but they are very important, especially to IMGs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp9 View Post
    Is it true that if I didn't clear step 1 on my first try but did on my second try. I am still not allowed to apply to university programs for resisdency? I was just recently told this information. I am completely heartbroken and annoyed at the same time. I can't believe one mistake of mine can become such a big problem. It is also true that you can't even apply to some residency anymore such as emergency medicine? If somebody could reply that would be of great help.
    You definitely need to do your own research on each individual program you're interested in...

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    Hey,
    In the end, you have a licence to practice. To he a hospitalist, as the above are saying, it is going to matter more. Psychiatry, over 30% are IMG's, and each residency, as the above poster mentioned is very individual. You are not suddenly black balled from all residencies because you didn't pass on first try. Obviously there are several ways to go about residency. If university is your only acceptable method, you may have trouble. You can also do the scramble, or just apply individually (obviously takes a lot more time), but YOU WILL FIND A RESIDENCY AND BE PRACTICING MEDICINE SOME DAY. OUR MINDS CAN BE OUR WORST ENEMY! In residency interviews, you talk to people who you can explain your situation to. I have several friends who have recently applied as second careers to residencies (were already MD's in another specialty), and directors are very interested in what kind of person you are.

    All you need is one residency and one state. It's nice to have full laterality, but not everyone gets that (or needs it). The cream of hte crop are not always who you want to have treating you if you are a patient.

    Take Care.

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    A friend mine, a Ross grad, failed Step 1 and got a 203 the 2nd time. He passed Step 2 on the first attempt with a 198. He matched ER at a major University medical center last March.

    Anything is possible. This guy used to be a EMT and has a great presence (great interviewer). And he's also a WASP, which doesn't hurt, except in dumps like NYC where its OK to discriminate against WASPs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chianti View Post
    A friend mine, a Ross grad, failed Step 1 and got a 203 the 2nd time. He passed Step 2 on the first attempt with a 198. He matched ER at a major University medical center last March.

    Anything is possible. This guy used to be a EMT and has a great presence (great interviewer). And he's also a WASP, which doesn't hurt, except in dumps like NYC where its OK to discriminate against WASPs.
    I had to look WASP up.....does it stand for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant?

    if it does thats kinda funny i never heard of that before.....I guess I would be a WASC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chianti View Post
    A friend mine, a Ross grad, failed Step 1 and got a 203 the 2nd time. He passed Step 2 on the first attempt with a 198. He matched ER at a major University medical center last March.

    Anything is possible. This guy used to be a EMT and has a great presence (great interviewer). And he's also a WASP, which doesn't hurt, except in dumps like NYC where its OK to discriminate against WASPs.
    Hey can u tell me which state your friend matched at, or better yet which program. If u don't want to mention it on an open forum u can PM it to me. I'll appreciate it I'm looking for any IMG friendly ER programs. Thanks

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    Think he's at U of Arkansas if I'm not mistaken

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