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    I need your opinion on my situation

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    Hi everybody,

    I applied late this year on 35 IM programs, but I didn't get any invites.

    My scores are: 241/238, CS on 2nd attempt. No USCE. Need J1.

    I am aware that failed CS is a problem.

    My play is to take Step 3 this year, and to try again in September.

    What do you mean about that, and about my chances next year if I do well on Step 3.

    Good luck to you all. Cheers.

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    The first thing I see what you did wrong is 1) apply late and 2) only 35 programs. Great scores by the way.

    Next cycle you need to start sending apps out ASAP and expand to 150-200 programs and add some FM programs in there too as a backup.
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    I needed to see nothing more than "35 programs."

    Quadruple that number, at the very least. If I were coming back to the US I would be selling plasma and a kidney (OK... just the plasma) to apply to 200 programs, seriously. Especially needing a visa and having a CS red flag.

    Good luck, and nice work on the USMLE scores.
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    Apply broad, and apply smart. Like the others said, Apply to at least ~150 programs in your situation.

    Also, before you throw away money, read up on the places you're applying to. Most programs will post their requirements on their website. If they require a first time pass of CS, don't waste your money applying there.

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