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Hello all,

I am a 3rd year student at a DO school that discovered the field of PM&R recently, and I love every aspect of it. I understand that the field is becoming more competitive every single year. And I am afraid I shot myself in the foot by taking step 1 when I was less than 100% ready. I wanted to get done with the exam before my rotations started, even though my practice scores weren't around where I wanted it to be and that resulted in me scoring below average.

Some stats:

Non-traditional
Step 1: 215
COMLEX : pending score but I am expecting >550
No red flags (never failed a class, no professionalism issues, slightly below average student at P/F school)
Good amount of volunteering and involvement in the community
1-2 research projects (None PM&R related)
Tons of corporate/work experience
All the feedback I've had from my previous attendings say that I am great to work with, and very social/easy going person that gets along with staff.

I plan on setting up 1-2 electives during the end of my 3rd year in outpatient PM&R, unfortunately my school does not have an affiliated hospital that has inpatient PM&R rotation.

I am open to matching anywhere, so location and prestige does not matter to me that much.

Do I have a chance?

What are the steps that I need to take in order to maximize my chances?
 

Eurycea

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According to Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020, Matched DO applicants to PM&R had a mean Step 1 score of 224. There were a healthy 27 matched DO applicants with Step 1 scores between 211-220, only 3 unmatched.

Disclaimer: Not a PD, not even a resident, but I don't think a 215 is a death sentence for rehab. I am sure other forum members will be better able to articulate what you can do to be competitive going forward
 
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same answer

 
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Things to help your chances:

1. Do well in rotations this year, especially IM/FM and Neuro
2. Show improvement in your Step 2 score
3. Get involved with PM&R related stuff. Anything. Sign-up for AAPMR membership for one (free for you). Check this page out too

There are a lot of under-the-radar PM&R programs out there. A bunch of them are brand-new too, as they try to keep up with the growing demand for our specialty. So apply broadly and it should work out for you.
 

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I had your exact stats.... Matched my top choice.

Do well on your PMR rotations, get solid letters of recommendations. Should be ready to rock
 
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