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Is it proper to contact a program before they contact me?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Farrakh, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. Farrakh

    Farrakh Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    New Jersey
    Hello all..

    My question is kinda complicated:

    I found out through the document tracking service by ERAS that the program I am REALLY interested in (a fairly competitive one in NJ) uploaded my info a few days ago, then uploaded more info one day ago, and today loaded my picture and transcripts. My problem is that I failed Step 2 and I plan on taking it again in early November and I passed Step 1 with an 82/200 on the first attempt. Should I contact the program if I don't hear anything from them in about 2 weeks or so - or should I just wait for them to contact me, if they ever do?

    The reason for contacting them would be to let them know how much I'm interested in their program, etc.

    What do u guys think? :confused:

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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Did you request that your Step 2 scores automatically be sent to all the programs when you applied? If so, I would go ahead and contact them, letting them know you are retaking the test. However, since it is still mid-to-late September and most programs don't start interviewing until November, I wouldn't necessarily expect to hear from them in 2 weeks (ie, it will probably take them longer).

    However, if you did not automatically request that USMLE updates be sent out (last year we had the option) they will not necessarily know you failed Step 2 and you can probably get by without telling them until you've retaken it and passed the darn thing.

    best of luck...
  4. Farrakh

    Farrakh Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    New Jersey
    Thanks Kimberli,

    You're always ready with an insightful answer.. thanx again..


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