I am a US-IMG that went to a Caribbean school. Year of graduation-Feb 2016, Step 1 (1st) pass 201 in 2013, CS (1st) PASS with high marks in 2014, CK pass (2nd) 226 in 2016.
The first match cycle ‘17match I got 4 interviews but did not match. The ‘18 match I got zero interviews. I was told I needed Step 3 at this point to show programs a new score. I stayed out the ‘19 match because I had to move houses and then my wife gave birth and I did not have time to study with a full time job and the move and new baby. I was told not to even apply to the ‘19 match because it would be a waste of money without step 3.
I have worked in a family medicine clinic as an MA and scribe since graduation. The doctors in the practice like me let me help with procedures. I also shadow a physician doing Stem cell PCR procedures on the weekends and am writhing a case study on one of our patients. I hope to apply for the ‘20 match with a step 3 score and the case write up being reviewed.
I am wondering realistically what my chances are to get a residency? Some say that Step 3 is the answer and that I will get interviews with a passing score in light on my CK fail. But there are others who say that even with a passing score it will be very difficult to match as an IMG with a CK fail and 3 years since graduation.