High Step 1. No research. How to be competitive?

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5 years 7 months ago #34372 by butterfingerbbs
Personally I disagree with the previous poster. I scored over 260 on both step 1 and step 2, and my scores never came up on a single interview. All of the faculty were interested in asking me about my research, the mentors I had worked with, and my interests/hobbies.

While board scores are incredibly important for getting yourself past the interview screens, they are not a golden ticket for matching, or even getting an interview. Programs want to find people that fit their personality, and are more than just a test taking machine.

I don't want to discourage you OP, but I think you should consider exploring orthopaedic research this year to gain a better appreciation for the field, make some connections with your home department, and diversify your academic accomplishments. There is a tremendously different skillset for success in research compared to success in medical school. It is great to have both when you are an applicant and later, a resident.

Good luck.

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