In my opinion, you'll be fine. You don't have to have honors in medicine to be competitive. I was informed that programs look more at the surgical grades. However, just make sure you get honors in ophthalmology.Originally posted by eyehope
Here's the deal: I've done pretty well in my first two years at a ho-hum state school (maybe 70% honors) and have a step 1 > 245. However, I ended up with a Pass in internal medicine. The comments from interns, residents were generally good, but not outstanding. I had an average shelf score.
Perhaps I am being a little bit premature and a little bit paranoid by asking this, but how much will this hinder my application? Let's say I only 'pass' my upcoming rotations, but do well in my optho elective. How bad will this look to directors?
I am not trolling for responses. I just want to get honest opinions on my competitiveness (especially since I've heard that medicine, surgery, and optho grades are very important) to determine whether (and how much) I should look into other fields.
Ophtho involves a lot of surgery and many programs look at your performance in this clinical rotation. I've been told by many faculty that this is an important grade.Originally posted by immediatespring
why are surgery grades so important?