Step 2 will still be scored and thus there's your chance to shine.Hey guys,
I’ll be going to Drexel this summer but I’m a little nervous. Drexel isn’t the greatest of schools and with Step 1 being P/F I want to find everything I can to set myself apart. I’m from Washington and I want to get back to do my residency at UW or OSHU. However, they are both competitive for things like pediatrics which I’m interested in.
I understand there is nothing I can do at this point to change the med school I attend but I’m wondering how I can “upgrade” my app from a student at a low-tier school to something similar to that of a mid or high tier school. Besides killing it with grades, rotations, letters of rec, and away rotation, the only other thing I can think of that’s in my control at this point is research. So my question is being in Philly is it possible to get with a lab at CHOP or Penn even though I’ll be at Drexel? And if so is it too soon to reach out to find a PI before all the other students who will be attending penn take up a lot of the open spots?
You should be talking to the MS3 and 4 students to find out what they did. But keep in mind a lot of what it takes ot get into an uber-residency is on you, not the school.
And as of right now, you main concern should be how to master the pre-clinical education.
You have a high number of strong research labs in and around Philly.