At this point, the number of integrated IR spots goes up each year which means relatively fewer independent IR spots by the time you would apply for those. Best to secure your IR spot early if you are 100% committed to IR.Been scowering the net for more stats on those who matched into IR integrated without much luck. Can anyone shed any insight? I understand it is very, very competitive... but would like to know what to aim for.
Also, do you think it would be better to take a research year during med school and apply integrated or go DR-->ESIR/Independent IR?
Being at a top 10 school will compensate for some of that, but just keeping doing your best. Even if you aren't cutting the shelf scores for honors, letters, etc, doing consistently above average will keep you in a decent class percentile when the finale MSPE is done. Of course, also do your best on both step exams. I wouldn't rule yourself out by any means. I don't think IR has the "AOA or gtfo" mentality that some specialties like derm and plastics may have.What do you think about clinical grades? Mine have not been up to par so far. I am at a top 10 school that has changed its curriculum to have step 1 after 3rd year, and has shortened lengths of clerkships. I have received only 1 honors grades so far with many Pass, including in IM. My clinical evaluations are very good, the shelf exams have been the limiting factor.
How can I overcome poor clinical marks? Will improved performance in Sub Is reflect on me favorably?