alright, alright, i suppose its time i posted the story of my demise. Just last wednesday, unfortunately, I was notified that I did not pass CS. Needless to say, this is an unexpected complication, and extremely frustrating. how did I fail? I have no idea. i mean, my mind was seriously distracted at the time i took it due to a recent death in the family, but i thought i was ok on test day. Nonetheless, in order to be eligible for the Match I will need to retake the exam by December 31st. However, the NBME/ECFMG tells me it will take 3 weeks to process my new application for a retake. I will continue to try and schedule a date as early as I can, but in the event I cannot, my next option would be to sign a residency contract outside the Match and retake (and pass) CS in the spring prior to beginning residency. As I am technically an International Medical Graduate, I am eligible to contract outside of the Match. I have interviewed at great places, but my emails to PD's about my conundrum have been replied to by only a select few. I interviewed at: Columbia Cornell Mt Sinai Boston University VCU/MCV GW U of Maryland U of Vermont U of Utah U of Colorado St Jo's (Phoenix) SUNY upstate and am interviewing at U of Arizona in january. Many of these places I loved, and, naturally, I have favorites among them. At the risk of being direct, I basically have to solicit a contract. I have sent individual emails to the programs i liked the best, and am hoping something can be worked out. but, does ANYONE have any suggestions about how I should proceed?? I'm freaking out, scared out of my mind that i won't have a job in july. thank you to all.