Originally Posted by OrthoIsTheGoal
I am a 3rd year at a top 30 medical school.
Its pass/fail the first two year so I don't have any grades except Pass.
I am at my med school on an academic scholarship.
Step 1 - 246
I am taking a year off to do ortho research next year
Here is my big problem, so far this year I have all HP except a P in family medicine. I still have 2 rotations to go including surgery (which I am hoping to H).
I don't care where I go to residency, I just want to do orthopedic surgery. Do I have a chance? and what else should I do to increase my chances? Also, what programs are the best to do sub I's in (as in what ones do I have a chance at). My schools administration has been very negative and basically told me that I have no chance of getting in to ortho.
I am no expert, but all you've mentioned is: Above the mean Step 1 score and HP in most all rotations thus far (edit: after writing, I noticed you received HP instead of H. This may be why they are saying your chances are not as good).
Not sure how any person could say you don't have a chance. Obviously, with only the given data, you have a very good chance.
Next on the list: Ortho Research, great LORs from big names or positions, elective grades, aways, Step 2, AOA, Class rank, interview, etc.
I wonder why they say you have no chance? There must be something you're leaving out.