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    Chances for an IM residency?

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    Hey all,

    I'm a Canadian and just finished my first year of basic sciences at a Caribbean med school (SGU). I didn't do as well as I wanted but I improved in the second semester compared to the first. I got some C's (In Anatomy, Histo, and Neuroscience) (we have a A, B, C, F grading system) and missed a B by a few points in those courses . I'm working on trying to reduce those dumb mistakes on tests that end up reducing my mark to a whole new letter. The rest of my grades are a mixture of A's and B's.

    My GPA as of now is pretty bad at around a 2.6/4.

    If I do very well next year and pull up my GPA to at least a 3 by the end of basic sciences, get good grades on clinical rotations, and do good on the USMLE Step 1, do I still stand a chance for a IM residency at a decent program (not top-tier but an okay program that will lead to a good career)?

    I don't have any research (other than a few projects in undergrad that didn't lead to a publication).

    What else can I do to better my chances of matching in IM?

    Thanks a lot for any advice.
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    Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
    Being willing is not enough; we must do."
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    Just make sure you do well on your Steps and clinicals. As long as you don't fail a whole slew of classes, you'll be fine.
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    First of all.... GO CANUCKS!!!!
    2nd of all... you have a loooong way ahead of you... dont fail any class, kill the steps, get some good LOR's, trust in God and refrain from being labeled a sociopath..... You'll be more than OK!!

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    Thanks guys

    I need to forget about my Neurosci final from last week... I keep replaying the mistakes I made on the test in my mind. It's driving me crazy...

    Are research and EC's important too?
    "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.
    Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
    Being willing is not enough; we must do."
    - Leonardo da Vinci


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