Hi all. I will try to make this more specific than a "what are my chances" post, so here goes. I'm an MS3 that has had a steadily growing interest in Urology, and now have decided to go for it. However, I'm not sure how competitive I am and what I should do to make myself more competitive.The good: Step 1 > 250 "Top 20" US Medical SchoolThe bad: Probably not going to make AOA. Most likely a top-of the 2nd quartile, maybe bottom of the first quartile student, if I'm lucky. My school uses an A/B+/B/C system, and I have mostly B+s with some As thrown in in both preclinical and clinical courses. I have research and may have 1-2 pubs by application time, but this is in a different field, completely different from urology.The ugly: For reasons that I think are largely beyond my control, I have a real chance of ending up with a B on my Surg. rotation (but that is not yet foregone.)My questions: I know aways are very important. With my stats as above, would you suggest 1 home + 2 aways over 1 home + 1 away? I was going to try to get involved with some clinical research during my home rotation month (and perhaps the month or 2 after.) This is unlikely to result in a pub, but with that plan, how competitive of an allpicant would I be? (ultimately, I just want to be a urologist -- I would apply broadly -- to every program, unless advised otherwise.) Also, does anyone see any reason for me to take Step 2 early (my school makes us take it before Nov. 30 anyway, so I am talking significantly earlier than that -- I will probably take it Sept/Oct timeframe.)Thanks for any advice....
MS3 Needs Advice
Mon, 01/31/2011 - 04:38#1
MS3 Needs Advice
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