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What do you need for the best residencies?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by fever106, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. fever106

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    I am just really curious to know what the consensus on this issue is. What would be considered a "write your own ticket" kind of step 1 score for internal medicine in a top program (ex UCLA, UCSF, etc.)? I know that the residency application has many components and that directors look at much more than just scores. But assuming that a person has good clinical grades and solid recs, what kind of score do you guys think would push a person through the front door?
     
  2. Pinkertinkle

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    I'd say 240, maybe 250 to be safe.
     
  3. Terpskins99

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    What do you need?

    Ans: more than a great USMLE score (read great extracurriculars, grades, rec letters... etc). :rolleyes:
     
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    There are so many good applicants these days, especially to popular specialities like IM, that in order to land a spot at a top program, they are going to have it ALL.....read excellent board scores (I'd guess 240+), great rec's, great clinical grades and bring something interesting to the table whether that be research, dedicated to volunteering at a free health clinic every wk, etc. Getting a great board score is going to be the norm at a top program not what's going to distinguish you from the crowd.
     
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    the best strategy on how to s#%& up to P.D.
     

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