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Jun 6, 2019
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Hello, I am curious about what tier/level of residency program I should apply to for the upcoming cycle in Ophtho, here is a quick snapshot of my application:

STEP1: 254
Med school: USMD, Top40, but my home department is not in the top 20
Clerkships: Unfortunately I suck, but I have 3/6 honors (Honors in Surgery, Family, and psych), HP in Peds, Ob, and IM
Research: 4 publications in Cardiology, 3 publications in Ophto (one is first author, other are 2nd and third), 1 publication in vascular surgery. 4 poster presentations. 1 case report in Ophtho
Ex:- President of Dance club at school
-set-up COVID related volunteer project with school where we trained students on how to do follow-up phone calls with patient discharged during pandemic.
-Worked on an online project with my ophtho department (want to be nebulous about this as this will be very specific to me
Region: I am from Philly, and would like to match in the NE

I guess I really don't know what to make of my application, because I feel that its okay but my grades from third year suck, at-least according to my school advisor. I know it sounds neurotic but what tier of residencies should I be looking at, especially given how competitive ophtho is I can't judge myself...., and my discussion with my advisor didn't really help. He basically focused on my grades and said I wasn't an "incredible candidate, but just okay"

Dream would be to get into a top20 program. My goal is to take a year off also, do you think that will help towards my goal or do my clerkship grades automatically screw me out of this.
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Dance club will probably knock you out of any top 20s.


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