Chances for general surgery

sulfonate

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    Average grades during preclinical. Got all HP's and 1 P during clinical. Got 1 H and 2 P's in my surgery electives. Currently taking a leave due to an untreated medical condition that affected my performance on the rotations that I had P's in. Is it still possible to match at a program or should I consider another specialty/field? What should I do to optimize my chances in matching?

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    ACSurgeon

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      Average grades during preclinical. Got all HP's and 1 P during clinical. Got 1 H and 2 P's in my surgery electives. Currently taking a leave due to an untreated medical condition that affected my performance on the rotations that I had P's in. Is it still possible to match at a program or should I consider another specialty/field? What should I do to optimize my chances in matching?

      Thanks for the input

      Step score (how is it relative to general surgery average?)

      Research, connections?

      Is this medical condition treatable or is this going to be a chronic problem with a lot of sick days and/or needs you to take some time off?
       
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      sulfonate

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        Haven't taken my boards yet (planning on doing so during my time off). I have some research (2 abstracts, 1 publication). The medical condition is treatable and I am currently undergoing treatment. I was thinking about doing a bunch of aways and get good evals/LOR's
         
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          Haven't taken my boards yet (planning on doing so during my time off). I have some research (2 abstracts, 1 publication). The medical condition is treatable and I am currently undergoing treatment. I was thinking about doing a bunch of aways and get good evals/LOR's

          How have you not taken the boards yet? You seem to have finished third year and are in fourth year.


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            Now that we have more info: you are not really competitive at this point. If you're dead set on Gen Surg, I suggest you knock step 2 out of the park, do three sub-Is (one home, two aways) and impress the hell out of those people. Get more research on your CV if you can. Don't set your sights too high, you're not gonna match at a top program. You can apply to some and cross your fingers, but make sure at least one of your aways is at a program you have a chance of matching at that doesn't get 100 away rotators every month, and make sure they love you. Don't be a weirdo...do what's asked of you, preempt basic floor stuff that will need to be done and carry the supplies so you're ready to help, write solid notes and give good presentations, practice two hand tying and instrument tying. People are watching.
             
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