||I am an MS3 interested in IM, and I wanted to see if anyone has some advice on how I should prepare for the next year. I am a significantly below average student academically, but I would like to enter residency at a university program in the Southeast (AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN, SC, NC, VA). Here is some objective information.
School: Top 40 NIH (if that matters) in South
Grades: bottom half of class
Step 1: 209
Research: several presentations/posters at various school conferences; no publications
Clinical: passed all, honors FM
Red Flags: none
I am curious about what I need to do to bolster my chances of getting interviews, where should I apply, etc. I know its early on but Sept. isn't that far away and with my grades, any insight would be helpful.