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    Hello all,

    I just wanted to ask if i still have a chance. my step score is low, between 200-210, the match seems so competitive and i feel like i wont make it. got a B+ in my first rotation, i want to do family medicine, but all the programs i look at have requirements from 200-220, and i feel like they wont accept me when someone with a 215 or better applies. I am trying to do some volunteering to show how much i care about community med. have you heard of anyone successful in the match with scores like mine, never failed anything, but took quite a while to study for step 1.

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    i can't speak for this year, but in previous years people with less have gotten into residency. most important is having a first time pass on your usmle's. apply widely and you should get in.
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    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky

    My advice is to email the programs you like if you haven't heard from them. This makes the program take a 2nd look at your file and shows them you are interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lines View Post
    Hello all,

    I just wanted to ask if i still have a chance. my step score is low, between 200-210, the match seems so competitive and i feel like i wont make it. got a B+ in my first rotation, i want to do family medicine, but all the programs i look at have requirements from 200-220, and i feel like they wont accept me when someone with a 215 or better applies. I am trying to do some volunteering to show how much i care about community med. have you heard of anyone successful in the match with scores like mine, never failed anything, but took quite a while to study for step 1.
    Of course you still have a chance. Step 1 is just one part of your application, and especially in FM, not the most important part. Looking at the data clearly shows this.
    Main Residency Match Data |
    http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploa...-IMGs-2016.pdf

    60% of US-IMGs with a step 1 between 201-210 matched this year, compared to only 58% with a score 211-220 and 71% with 221-230. This data shows that having a higher Step 1 score doesn't really change your chances all that much.

    Family medicine programs don't really care about step 1 as long as you pass on the first attempt. The rest of your application (LORs, ECs, personal statement, etc) are more important. Make sure the rest of your application is good. Apply broadly (i.e. to every FM program that has taken a caribbean grad in the past 5 years) and you should be fine assuming you have no glaring red flags on your application.
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    Agreed def still a chance for FM. But you might not get a nice big University program with those scores, more of a community feel. There are plenty of programs out there you just have to apply broadly and maybe do a Sub-I or 2 and do really well working really hard.
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    I am so sorry that you are feeling down and I am so sorry that you feel sad. I have been there and I am also there right now. It is hard to conquer that sometimes when you feel that there is no hope or that my scores or grades are hard to get to a certain level. I want to tell you that there is hope. I know this very well for a few reasons:
    1. You can always try to get extra credit or earn extra points in your classes in order to boost your grade.
    2. You can ask your professors and your dean about doing a research project which could help your grades and earn you extra points as well.
    I wish you all of the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mhays View Post
    I am so sorry that you are feeling down and I am so sorry that you feel sad. I have been there and I am also there right now. It is hard to conquer that sometimes when you feel that there is no hope or that my scores or grades are hard to get to a certain level. I want to tell you that there is hope. I know this very well for a few reasons:
    1. You can always try to get extra credit or earn extra points in your classes in order to boost your grade.
    2. You can ask your professors and your dean about doing a research project which could help your grades and earn you extra points as well.
    I wish you all of the best.

    Unfortunately at Ross it doesn't usually work this way. No extra credit in basic sciences. Also OP mentioned it was the step score that really was the concern, can't raise that. But again, they still have a good shot at FM, Peds, some IM, etc. From there can fellowship into quite a bit of options that don't care about step scores. (except step 3 maybe).
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    Just apply to as many programs as you can....this is a must. If you don't match its because you didn't apply to enough programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lines View Post
    Hello all,

    I just wanted to ask if i still have a chance. my step score is low, between 200-210, the match seems so competitive and i feel like i wont make it. got a B+ in my first rotation, i want to do family medicine, but all the programs i look at have requirements from 200-220, and i feel like they wont accept me when someone with a 215 or better applies. I am trying to do some volunteering to show how much i care about community med. have you heard of anyone successful in the match with scores like mine, never failed anything, but took quite a while to study for step 1.
    My advice to you is to keep trying your best. You are doing all of the right and correct things. I think that these are the things that you can do:

    1. Keep a journal/diary about your study habits and see what can be done differently.

    2. Stay focused even when the task is long and hard.

    3. Stay positive and you will do fine.

    You will do just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mhays View Post
    My advice to you is to keep trying your best. You are doing all of the right and correct things. I think that these are the things that you can do:

    1. Keep a journal/diary about your study habits and see what can be done differently.

    2. Stay focused even when the task is long and hard.

    3. Stay positive and you will do fine.

    You will do just fine.
    I am so sorry that you are feeling down. You seem to be doing all of the right things. I would just recommend that you take your time and let things work themselves out. Everything will be great!

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