Me too. Unless she get above average step 2, it’s pretty much over for her.I'm super worried for her.
Posting this on behalf of my GF who just received her step 1 score. These are her stats FMG, 2 pubs (ortho, derm), 1 abstract (women's health), <200 step 1, 2 years clinical experience in the USA, she has 1 LOR from an ortho and she's gonna get the rest over the next few months. Obviously we're trying to get a high step 2 score and she has another potential pub coming.
Basically with the <200 she literally just wants to match, she'll take any residency she can get and I went through FREIDA for her to find every program she meets the cutoff for but only found 30 or so. Can anyone help us? is there a list of low tier FM or IM places somewhere, what's her best chance of matching?
Any tips or guidance is much appreciated, I'm super worried for her.
P.S can't apply to NY
This is pretty much what I told her, apply to basically every single FM program. We're trying to make contacts now and essentially try match via that method. She's joined the FM association and those sorts of societies to try and network; hopefully it pays off. What kind of cutoff would you say we should still apply for? 210? 220 might be a bit ambitious?
I agree with you on the FM/IM rotations, the derm/ortho stuff was before she got her score. We're working to get LOR's from IM/FM at the moment so hopefully those do come through.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to respond, it's been pretty devastating.
There are family medicine programs that will take anyone with a pulse especially if she passes all of her Steps the first time. Just tell her to apply to alot of programs and dont geographically limit herself. Your girlfriend will be fine.
There are many family med programs that only take FMGs. Yes, she is not a complete shoe in. But I still think she has a good chance especially if she applies to midwest programs.An IMG with a barely passing Step 1 score is going to have problems. Don't sugarcoat things. Can she match? Absolutely. Is she guaranteed to match? Not at all. A US grad with a Step failure is likely to be a more attractive candidate, to be honest.
She does need to apply basically everywhere to have a chance.
Obviously a lot matters on whether the person in question is a US citizen (not clear from the OP) and where the school is. Without specifics anyone is just guessing at this person's chances, but regardless the advice to do well on step 2 is the most important thing.You guys must be joking. I’m a recent Caribbean grad. Most of the students I know with sub-200 step 1 scores (some with multiple failed attempts) who I never thought would match did just fine applying to FM/peds etc. These specialties are not competitive at all and most anyone can find a spot unless they really screw up applying (not enough programs, wrong letters, late app, etc).
Apply to 300 programs in FM/peds and hope for the best. This pandemic will most likely do favors for her provided that she finds away to take step 2 before whenever it is that programs start interviewing people this year. Will definitely be harder than if she had a 250 on step 1, but at least she passed on the first attempt.
And don’t forget-with step 1 becoming pass/fail, it is possible less emphasis will be placed on it going forward than in the past