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rg2o3

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Hey everyone,
i know there has been posts like this in the past, but I’m somewhat confused with my scores and what I’m competitive for. I’ll start with my scores.

Level 1 - 612
Step 1 - 221

My step is somewhat low and seems to make me competetive for the standard “non-competitive” specialties. However, does my comlex allow me to broaden that range of specialties with former AOA programs? Or will the 221 still cause difficulty? Any help and guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Depends on what specialties you are talking about. Stuff like ortho and ENT will still be a reach, but I would say you could fairly reasonably apply to AOA general surgery, or overall to radiology, anesthesia, etc. Chances wouldn't be 100% by any means, but good enough I think you could go all in on one of those specialties with a broad app and have high hopes of matching.
 
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Depends on what specialties you are talking about. Stuff like ortho and ENT will still be a reach, but I would say you could fairly reasonably apply to AOA general surgery, or overall to radiology, anesthesia, etc. Chances wouldn't be 100% by any means, but good enough I think you could go all in on one of those specialties with a broad app and have high hopes of matching.
Thanks! I honestly still have not even figured out what I'm interested in so just starting to narrow it down by eliminating specialties that would be a bit of a stretch.
 

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You can check out the interactive charting the outcomes for a general look at specialties:


For a program-specific look within a specialty, you can check out Residency Explorer:

Thank you!
 
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Depends on what specialties you are talking about. Stuff like ortho and ENT will still be a reach, but I would say you could fairly reasonably apply to AOA general surgery, or overall to radiology, anesthesia, etc. Chances wouldn't be 100% by any means, but good enough I think you could go all in on one of those specialties with a broad app and have high hopes of matching.
I noticed you said that Ortho is still a reach, which I agree. How much of a stretch are we talking? I know how competitive it is and honestly never really considered it until recently. Do you think applying ortho with a back up (no idea what that could be) would even be worth it?
 
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I noticed you said that Ortho is still a reach, which I agree. How much of a stretch are we talking? I know how competitive it is and honestly never really considered it until recently. Do you think applying ortho with a back up (no idea what that could be) would even be worth it?

With a 600+ it wouldn't be completely off the table, but you would need to light up your auditions. People definitely match, but you're looking at around a 50% match rate. If you go for ortho you need to be all in and have a detailed plan in place in case you don't match. Probably not unreasonable to go all in on ortho and dual apply to something like radiology with strategy to just spam apps broadly. Whatever your backup would be it would need to be something that doesn't require auditions, because you'll need to do 5-6 ortho auditions.
 
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I noticed you said that Ortho is still a reach, which I agree. How much of a stretch are we talking? I know how competitive it is and honestly never really considered it until recently. Do you think applying ortho with a back up (no idea what that could be) would even be worth it?
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With a 600+ it wouldn't be completely off the table, but you would need to light up your auditions. People definitely match, but you're looking at around a 50% match rate. If you go for ortho you need to be all in and have a detailed plan in place in case you don't match. Probably not unreasonable to go all in on ortho and dual apply to something like radiology with strategy to just spam apps broadly. Whatever your backup would be it would need to be something that doesn't require auditions, because you'll need to do 5-6 ortho auditions.

Thanks! Still really not sure of what I would want. I just figured I would ask to determine what options I had open. I do like the idea of general surg but not sure if that lifestyle is realistic.
 
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Thanks! Still really not sure of what I would want. I just figured I would ask to determine what options I had open. I do like the idea of general surg but not sure if that lifestyle is realistic.

Just remember that lifestyle of residency does not equal lifestyle as an attending.
 
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