I've heard people trying to justify their test scores. It's one thing to state that a test score is an assessment of your knowledge and luck on one particular day. Being in medicine, however, is a series of objective tests at this point in time. Think about it >> SATs/ACTs, then MCAT, then USMLE/COMLEX, then board exams...which you repeat every 10 years.If you don't mind me asking, what were your NBME's/COMSAE's looking like before you took Step 1/2? Would it be possible to argue that you are not a very good test taker? It would be nice to hear some updates on your situation and outcome. Thank you!
Test taking days can be stressful. There's a lot of weight put behind these "objective" measures. I would not dwell on them any further. Have some faith in your abilities and make the most of the interviews you get. There is no harm in applying to any program - the worst that will happen is that you will have spent some $$ only to be screened out. Your chances of becoming a neurologist are still high. Once again, I wish you luck.Thank you, guys. I appreciate your input.
I definitely don't intend on applying to any "top" programs. I don't think that's prudent. I may not know the ins and outs of the application process, but I can strongly ascertain that an applicant such as myself wouldn't get far at more "elite" programs. I will certainly look into "less desirable" locations - the midwest especially. I'll keep my fingers crossed for interviews. I do feel I'm a strong interviewer. I articulate myself well. I also write well, so hopefully my personal statement will be notable.
As for practice exams ... I was scoring 15+ points higher on my NBME exams, which I happened to have taken just two-three days prior to my real exam. That was a huge blow. I think test day anxiety got to me. In addition, I was battling an upset stomach and had to make frequent trips to the restroom to address that. I certainly wasn't "in the zone" for the real exam as I was for my practice NBMEs. The score is unfortunate, and I find contentment in knowing that residency programs do consider every aspect of an applicant, not just their scores, but I don't intend to draw attention to it during the process. If asked, I can explain.