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MS3 with subpar step1..chances?

Discussion in 'Plastic Surgery' started by turboE36, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. turboE36

    turboE36 2+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2015
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  3. lackli

    lackli 5+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    Let me direct you to the nrmp charting outcomes pdf. It should answer some of your questions.

    Is your score going to mean plastic surgery is out of the question? Not really. 16/25 people matched last year with a score of 230-240. It doesn't get a whole lot better for the 240-250 range so I wouldn't beat yourself up about your score.

    Some programs have absolute cutoffs and a lot of them will list their cutoffs on the Freida website. I think for a lot of programs however the cutoff is more than in the 220 range. It might have changed since when I applied.

    Also looking at the NRMP pdf, ENT is relatively comparable in competitiveness. I wouldn't change your career goals just based on a step score. Especially if you have geared yourself more to plastics.

    Would a higher step score have helped you? Sure, probably. However it's not all of your application. Performance on your subi rotations, letters, research all factor in. Personally I think if you are able to do well on your away rotations or home subi and come off as a hardworking, intelligent, cool person to be around then that will have a much bigger influence on your matching or not.
  4. tennesseejed

    tennesseejed Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    New York, NY
    Just basing this on board scores is not a good reason to switch to ENT. As previous poster mentioned its pretty close in terms of competitiveness.
  5. rodmichael82

    rodmichael82 2+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2013
    Dude you must be clueless to be using ENT as a backup for Plastic surgery. Both are equally competitive. This year in 2014 outcomes ENT (248) had a higher step 1 average than Plastic surgery (245) and I only mention that since you're obsessing over step 1 scores.
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  6. SouthernSurgeon

    SouthernSurgeon Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    As the others have said, the difference in competitiveness is marginal.

    I'd plan on going with whichever field interests you more, with a liberal back up plan of general surgery programs.

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