- Apr 27, 2019
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Definitely research year. And use that research year to get in good with your home program. I’d say that’s probably the best chance you have. Think of it as an year-long opportunity to impress and buddy buddy with the attendings and residents at your home program. That means going above and beyond of the role of a research assistant. Scrub in cases with attendings. Help residents out. Whatever else that you can do.Current Status: MS-4 (will be taking research year)
School: Mid-Tier MD program
Step 1: 230
Step 2: taking in late June/Early July
Pre-clinical: All passes (pass/fail)
Clinical: 4 HPs, 4 Ps (major concern for me, excellent comments across the board)
-Will be taking research year. Working on 5-6 projects all going up for publications in the next couple of months + 12 more months of dedicated research at my home program
-Will obtain a masters in clinical research in this year as well
Will be doing 4 aways next year to hopefully boost my interview numbers.
My main concerns are my Step I score and clinical grades; I know it hurts me. I would appreciate any tips for applying and advice on how to strengthen my application between now and next September. Do you think I have any chances with those grades and step score?
When the time comes though, I plan to apply to every single program. Which programs should I focus on in the Midwest (I am from the midwest)?
@VincentAdultman or @OrthoTraumaMD , can I get your thoughts? I would greatly appreciate it!
Absolutely do 4 aways, but also realize it’s going to be very hard. I did 4 (with people around me raising their eyebrows), and I was very burned out by my 4th one. It’s extremely tiring “to be on” for that long with that many different people.
Choose your away rotations smart. Rotate at places that guarantees you an interview if you rotate. Rotate at places that makes sense. No sense in rotating at HSS with a 230.
Not much more you can do other than the research year, absolutely destroying your away rotations and step 2, and getting people from your programs to make calls for you when the time comes.
It’s going to be an uphill battle. I would recommend that you start thinking about a backup specialty and prepare a little in that direction too.