aProgDirector

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INterestingly, Charting Outcomes for IMG's doesn't actually answer your question. They have graphs for Step 1 and Step 2 CK. Both of those show that for candidates who take 3 attempts to pass, the chance of matching is about 10%. For CS all that is listed is an average number of attempts, which isn't all that helpful. I expect that the outcomes might be worse for CS attempts. Bottom line is that you've dug yourself a very deep hole, and there really isn't a way to fix it. You can't apply this year with two failed CS's, so you'd need to take it again, pass, and then apply next year. Your chances of getting a spot are very poor. Only you can decide if it's "worth it".
 

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I would look for alternate careers like research assistant, PhD, etx. 2 failures in CS is impossible to explain. Program directors would have huge doubts on ur ability to see patients. Regardless of specialty, u have to see patients except may be pathology. If u do like pathology, its an option. radiology is an option but u still have to do one year prelim medicine for that
 

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To be honest, the unfortunate truth as to why there is no charting outcomes here is because it is exceedingly rare. I really like the advice of doing something alternative for a while like PHD or research assistant. Perhaps you might be able to parlay that into a residency if you work your butt off (and pass CS, as it's a requirement for licensure).

Probably not what you had envisioned, but a repeat failure of CS is as big of a red flag as they come for US bound residencies - it is only getting more and more difficult for IMGs to get in. Time to take a long look at your career, talk with your school and come up with alternative options.
 

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U at least understand that your career is in jeopardy. Failing CS twice is impossible to explain in any circumstance

1. U make mistake of attempting to take a life changing exam without good prep

2. U don work on your weakness and make it positive. U let your weakness ruin u further.

Those are things which PD do not wana deal with