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    Failed Step 1 three times?

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    Hi.

    This does not apply to me (yet, and hopefully doesn't ever), but I wanted to know how to proceed with medical school if you fail Step 1 after 3 times? Suppose you are very close to passing, despite being dismissed from Ross, can they sponsor you to take it a 4th time? I have read some students from Ross took the exam 4 times...but I also read you get dismissed after taking it three times and not passing. Any clarification would be helpful.

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    call them up and find out. most schools won't take you after 3 tries.

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    if you fail the boards three times u shouldnt become an active physician. do something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigma3 View Post
    if you fail the boards three times u shouldnt become an active physician. do something else.
    I agree! In fact, some states will not give you a license to practice.
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    If i failed step1 three times i would transfer to some other school, take it the fourt and last time, and then finish school off, take step2, get ecfmg certified, etc etc, take step2cs, and graduate/diploma. Then go into the match and get the lowest community hospital residency OR if i didnt want to practice, forget about the match, get an MBA or JD and have a dual degree with which you can do several other things outside of practicing medicine (teach, become a malpractice attorney, or become a hospital administrator). good luck
    Good luck.

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    There are people who have failed the step 1 three times and then passed and are now practicing MD's. So that is not the issue. What the schools do is the issue. Most schools will only allow to sit for the exam twice. Then you are out - this includes many US schools.

    For those who failed three times - They are far and few between they often have to transfer and then repeat some courses. There are different ways of not passing. If you did not pass within five points - well you just had a bad day or can make up five points with several weeks of concentrated study - plus you have the advantage of having seen the test questions. Several sources and studies say if you are further than 10 to 20 points from passing - you just may have some serious weak areas and may need to redo some courses and find if you have learning issues. If you are 30+ points away after two-three tests - you may as well reenroll in another school and repeat basic science. You clearly did not get it, you have testing issues and/or learning gaps you need to fill with more work!!!

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    Step 1 has absolutely no bearing on what kind of a physician you will be.

    Step 2/3 are relevant to practicing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chianti View Post
    Step 1 has absolutely no bearing on what kind of a physician you will be.

    Step 2/3 are relevant to practicing though.
    Maybe, but it has absolute implications with regards to whether or not you will become a practicing physician...

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    step 1 is used to weed out applicants.

    rural north dakota might not care though......

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    They care also they mainly want students who went to med school in North Dakota or the surrounding states.

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