Getting into IM residency with board fail

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  1. Stevewonders90

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    Im a DO that has been lurking here- I failed the COMLEX first attempt and passed second but scored a 237 USMLE Step 1 first attempt (after passing second attempt comlex). Took me a while but I got there.

    I havent taken the COMLEX 2 yet but will and aim to do much better

    If I apply broadly and late can I still get into a residency?

    Unfortunately I only have 2 LOR (not because of performance but because I only asked two IM doctors and failed to ask others - my fault) I will get one in October (so have it by november).

    Will I get somewhere for IM residency?

    US grad
     
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  3. inspirationmd

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    Apply allopathic IM mid and low tier university residency + do equally well or better on step 2+ don't release poor comlex scores to allopathic programs that don't care about them anyway = profit
     
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    I think every program sees them.
     
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  5. sanj238

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    Apply community then...
     
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    Not when I was reviewing apps last year. COMLEX was not seen in our DO applicants files. I believe it is sent from a different service and my program didn't care about COMLEX.
     
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    Was this through the ERAS- and was it DO/MD dual accredited program or an MD only match program?

    The program I am looking at says they prefer USMLE but accept comlex.

    Also- if I submit my app say end of october middle of november- is this too late based on what I have or is this ok?

    I intend to have a 240+ on the step 2 But I wont have the scores in until mid january
     

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