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    How Important are MSPE's

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    I failed 4/5 classes in basic science, got mostly A's in clinical, some B's. How important is that in getting a place in residency for Family or IM? US citizen, strong US LORS. caribbean med school grad. was put on academic probation during basic sciences. worried about MSPE Worked really hard in clinical.

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    what were your board scores? any board failures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianJoo View Post
    what were your board scores? any board failures?
    board scores in 80's. step 1 taken. step 2 cs 1 fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianJoo View Post
    what were your board scores? any board failures?
    russian joo, whats you're opinion?

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    i'd say it's important but not a total deal breaker. your best bet at matching would be places that know you on a personal level, i.e. places where you will do electives in im and fm. Those places since they know you will look past your grades. mid 80's step1 is ok for some programs but not stellar. and the CS failure will definitely hurt you. CS is important because it shows you can communicate with the patients but it's even more important because the pass rate is over 97% so if you failed it kind of shows that you were lazy and didn't prep for it as much as you should have. my advice is to do as many electives in IM and FM as you possibly can at places that have IM or FM residency. then apply very widely. Try to do much better on step2ck than step1.
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    MSPE isn't very important. Board scores are what matter most.

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    The MSPE (or Dean's) Letter is a pretty important part of your application. Having hood recommendations from your department's Dean would be a great privilege that can open many doors for you. It's your chance to be presented as a strong potential candidate with the necessary skillset, personal qualities, experience, knowledge and plans for the future. Moreover, it really motivates the student during the admission process.

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