Originally Posted by kdburton
I think you still have a chance but if I were in your shoes I would take Step II early and try to do very well. Your Step I is below average for ortho and you don't have any honors yet for your clerkship grades. Try as hard as you can to honor what rotations you have left. Also I would try to jump on at least one ortho research project. Some biomechanics projects can be started and finished in a relatively short period of time so that might be something to look into. Many interviews have a room dedicated to research and they'd probably be more interested in talking about ortho research than some NOF research. If you look at charting outcomes in the match you'll see that not everyone who matches is a 260 step I with multiple pubs and AOA.
Will taking Step II help early really help? at 235 I am not far off the average step 1 score for ortho AND I am just not sure i see a better step 2 score getting me more or better interviews than i would be offered without it (ie. i don't think wash u is going to decide im worthy of an interview just because I bumped my step score 20 points). am i wrong in that thought process?