34.86% chance I'll match

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uromonkey
34.86% chance I'll match

MS3 checking in for another 'what are my chances' thread (sorry in advance) preclinical: very average student. Not AOA. Somewhere in the 2nd quartilestep 1 - 237clinical: HP medicine, HP ob/gyn. Expecting more HPs with 1-2 honors.research: 1 radiology pub (first author), 1 ethnic medicine pub (first author), 1 chemistry pub (first author; from undergrad). I know this needs to be bulked up and I'm prepared to work my tail off for the next 6-8 months to get some quality urology research in.extras: championship cup series licensed motorcycle racer. Lead a service group focused on homeless outreach. various other BS activities...I'm willing to go basically anywhere to match and don't give a rats ass about the prestige of the program I match at. I also know that I'm in the lower 50% of applicants and am aware that's not a good place to be when the overall match rate is 67%. What I do know is that this is the work I want to do. If its incredibly unlikely I''ll match, I'm prepared to do OB/GYN and then a urogynecology fellowship to get the next best thing. Thoughts?     

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:51 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
Anonymous (not verified)
Who cares?

I do not give a damn! Thanks for sharing

Anonymous (not verified)
uro resident here. go for it

uro resident here. go for it dude. i think your chances are better than you think.

peedragon
not worth the risk

Even if you bulk up your application, it would be difficult to get many interviews with a 237. you would be filtered out even before people read your application. trust me its not worth the risk unless you can effectively parallel plan for another specialty and apply to both. 

Anonymous (not verified)
srs?

peedragon wrote:
Even if you bulk up your application, it would be difficult to get many interviews with a 237. you would be filtered out even before people read your application. trust me its not worth the risk unless you can effectively parallel plan for another specialty and apply to both. 
I hate how my uneasiness about this entire process and uncertainty about my future make it really , really hard to identify trolling or actual advice. Are you serious? What's a common Step 1 screen? Are there other commonly known screens?

Anonymous (not verified)
please don't listen to this person and please do apply

peedragon wrote:
Even if you bulk up your application, it would be difficult to get many interviews with a 237. you would be filtered out even before people read your application. trust me its not worth the risk unless you can effectively parallel plan for another specialty and apply to both. 
Another Urology resident here. Definitely go for it. Spend time with good Urologists and identify one or two as your mentors/advocates. You're a good candidate...and your desire to be a urologist is strong

Anonymous (not verified)
Don't be discouraged

[quote=peedragon]Even if you bulk up your application, it would be difficult to get many interviews with a 237. you would be filtered out even before people read your application. trust me its not worth the risk unless you can effectively parallel plan for another specialty and apply to both. [/quoteI just interviewed at one institution and the PD told us they don't use a screen, so clearly there are programs out there that recognize an applicant is more than a board score (as long as they are willing to look at all the applications). However, regarding the screen, most programs use around a 220 as their "official" screen. If you go to FREIDA online and look up the urology programs, most of them provide the screen they use (if they report it in the first place).

uromonkey
step 1

Anonymous User wrote:
I hate how my uneasiness about this entire process and uncertainty about my future make it really , really hard to identify trolling or actual advice. Are you serious? What's a common Step 1 screen? Are there other commonly known screens?
There's a spreadsheet on here that shows the self reported stats of about 50% of matched applicants. I think the average matched for that data set was 246 with a std dev of 10 or 12. No info on the average step 1 for UNmatched applicants...Screen at 235? 240? 

Anonymous (not verified)
Totally worth going for it

peedragon wrote:
Even if you bulk up your application, it would be difficult to get many interviews with a 237. you would be filtered out even before people read your application. trust me its not worth the risk unless you can effectively parallel plan for another specialty and apply to both. 
4th year applicant here. Applied to 50 programs recieved 26 offers and going on 18 interviews all with a 236... Hopefully the match process works out, but just wanted to say the screening process isn't all on numbers. Of note recieved programs such as Southwestern, GW, Georgetown, Emory, Ohio State, Kansas. Study hard for step 2 not very hard to go up 15-20 points.

Anonymous (not verified)
If you do not apply, your chance is 0%

You have a good step 1 score. That is not your limiting factor.Your clinical rotations need improvement. Try to understand why you get HP on your previous rotations and learn from your experience. Aim for excellent and honors on your remaining rotation. Work hard on all rotations but especially surgery and urology rotation. Your clinical performance (knowledge, hardwork, professionalism, ability to get along with others) will not only affect your clinical grade but how well you do on Urology rotation and your Sub-Is.You may want to take your step 2 early. Of course Urology research and publication will help. Find a Urology attending whom you can relate and who can guide and support you. Definitely do at least two Sub-I in Urology during your fourth year.If Urology is what you want to do, instead of thinking about your chance now, think about how you can put together the best application by the time you apply with factors that you still have control over. 

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Other credentials

Anonymous User wrote:
peedragon wrote:
Even if you bulk up your application, it would be difficult to get many interviews with a 237. you would be filtered out even before people read your application. trust me its not worth the risk unless you can effectively parallel plan for another specialty and apply to both. 
4th year applicant here. Applied to 50 programs recieved 26 offers and going on 18 interviews all with a 236... Hopefully the match process works out, but just wanted to say the screening process isn't all on numbers. Of note recieved programs such as Southwestern, GW, Georgetown, Emory, Ohio State, Kansas. Study hard for step 2 not very hard to go up 15-20 points.
Do you attend a top-10 school or have awesome publications or something extra?