Dismissed from US Med School but now ready to apply 4 years later

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  1. san2

    san2 Banned

    May 7, 2012
    This is on behalf of a friend.

    My friend had directly out of undergraduate been accepted to a US medical school. However, she had failed a couple courses her first year of medical school simply because the school was too rigorous for her and she had come into medical school as a business major having had no exposure to most of the courses presented in medical school. The school told her to repeat first year, and she did and she failed one course. Because of the accumulations of failed courses, she was dismissed from the school.

    She enrolled in an foreign medical school in Poland. There while her grades were so-so her first two years, there was no failures, and she took the Step 1 and passed on the first attempt with a 240. She studied very hard for Step 1. Then she did great on the rotations 3rd year and took Step 2 at the end of her third year and got a 260. Her grades third year were much better than her first two year grades. She is going into her fourth year soon, and is collecting great letters of recommendation and the school in Poland is very supportive of her applications for US residencies.

    She plans to apply to Pediatric residency programs throughout the US, and then hopes to do a pediatric cardiology fellowship afterwards. She has had no disciplinary violations what so ever and she has been very well liked by both her friends and professors.

    What do you all think is the chance that she can match into a pediatrics residency here in the US, despite being dismissed from a US medical school, but recovering from that in a very strong way? Thank you all
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  3. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    First most non-science majors without exposure to med school courses still do fine in med school, so I reject this premise as a valid excuse. Best to come up with a better story. Having failed out of US school is going to have a big impact to program directors, as will being a graduate of a foreign med school. High Steps will help. As will the fact that pediatrics isn't that competitive. Some sort of US based rotations will be important. It's all going to turn on how many peds spots are left after the US students that want them are all snapped up, because someone who failed out of US med school loses any head to head competition with any US grad who graduated.
  4. smq123

    smq123 Roy Lichtenstein SDN Advisor SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Cross-posted in Allopathic. Please go there to comment.


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