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    Residency chances after graduating

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    I'm a third year student trying to calculate the dangers of coming to Saba. Lets say for arguement's sake that after coming to Saba you pass everything and get a score of 80 on the Step 1. How likely are you to get ANY residency in the States as a Canadian student (I'm not picky at all)? What is the match percentage of all Saba students that actually make it this far and pass the Step 1 on their first try?

    I'm trying to gauge what risks there are even after passing everything and doing all you can to get good scores ie. what is out of your hands.

    Thanks a lot

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    if you make it through the basic sciences, there is a 90% chance that you will match in either US or Canada. (which is the highest rate amongst the caribbean medical schools).

    But what do you mean by a score of 80? You mean 80th percentile? I think the average for Saba is around 220 on step1.
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    USMLE 2-digit score is not a percentile, it's a... well... it's a 2-digit score. (That's a common misconception, but it ain't a percentile.)

    You get a 3-digit score, and you get a corollated 2-digit score, but I don't think I have ever seen a decent description of how that 2-digit number is calculated. It can even vary, with the same 3-digit score tallying different 2-digit scores during different times of the year.

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    cool... thank you for the useful info... I am not sure what 220 would translate in a 2 digit score... does anyone know?
    University of Toronto - BSc (Hons) 2009
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    USMLE 1[X] 2 CS[X] 2 CK[X] 3[ ]

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    Whoa, so you have a 10% of throwing away four years and $150k even if you do everything right? Thats pretty high...where are you getting this 90% from?

    By the step 1 score I just meant getting an average score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhavitski View Post
    Whoa, so you have a 10% of throwing away four years and $150k even if you do everything right? Thats pretty high...where are you getting this 90% from?

    By the step 1 score I just meant getting an average score.

    first of all 90% is an AMAZING match rate... even US schools don't have 100% match rate... due to various reasons

    1) some students only apply to 1 single program... they might have stellar USMLE scores, but they only apply to one program and they dont get in. One person from Saba falls in this category.

    2) some don't match, but match the following year. Some girl from Saba applied to only derm programs, didn't get in, worked as a research assistant or something in a US hospital, reapplied and got in to Derm the following year.

    and i'm sure there are other scenarios...

    this data was given to us today by the clinical dean who was visiting the campus... so it's pretty fresh, recent and reliable.
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    USMLE 1[X] 2 CS[X] 2 CK[X] 3[ ]

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    That's actually really inspiring, I had all but given up on the MD dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhavitski View Post
    That's actually really inspiring, I had all but given up on the MD dream.
    All things are possible to those who believe.

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    Don't come here unless it's an absolute must. This is not a knock on the school but the majority of ppl here all say the same thing... I wish I had listened to the ppl on ValueMD. SG is right but what he didn't mention as well was that the avg exit # of students come 5th semester is 45 DESPITE the entering class sizes increasing. So your chances have just gone down further. This isn't meant to scare you but rather to be a reality check. Knowing what I know now I would've exhausted ALL my options back home (MD and DO) before considering a Caribbean school. $150,000 in debt and no degree to show for it should be enough of a deterrent for you to set aside laziness in writing applications and up-grading courses and to look into all other avenues first and then come down here.
    Good luck

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    The average score for US medstudents is a 220. I seriously doubt any Carrib school has an average close to 220, its more than likely closer to 200 than it is 220

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