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Hi,
I am an old graduate from India, I completed my graduation 12 years ago in 1999. I have given only step1 and have scored 95/223 in it.
Is it that old graduates more than 10 years don't get matched? I am new to this forum and read somewhere regarding it.
Please tell in detail.
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Hello doc.mav!

Though many programs do have a graduation date requirement of less than five years, you should be able to find others that do not. Life (and clinical) experience are valued by many, so keep your eyes on your goals and continue the process. You are wise to take CS earlier in the year, you have a strong Step 1 score, and hopefully you'll score well on Step 2. You want to have your Step 2 CK score before you apply, and check program criteria carefully. Consider community programs and those less competitive, such as Internal Med and Family Practice.

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As Kaplan Medical pointed out, there are programs that do accept old graduates.

In fact there are programs who love to have "experienced" IMGs as they may diversify their program and add more experience to the pool of "fresh" grads.

Your prior experience, your USMLE scores, your USCE, your LoRs, and everything in your CV can help you get into the game.
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Hello doc.mav!

Though many programs do have a graduation date requirement of less than five years, you should be able to find others that do not. Life (and clinical) experience are valued by many, so keep your eyes on your goals and continue the process. You are wise to take CS earlier in the year, you have a strong Step 1 score, and hopefully you'll score well on Step 2. You want to have your Step 2 CK score before you apply, and check program criteria carefully. Consider community programs and those less competitive, such as Internal Med and Family Practice.

Best of luck!
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I got ECFMG certified.I scored 242 in Step 2 CK and cleared Step2 CS also(all in first attempt).I could not register for NRMP and therefore could not participate in SOAP.I applied in couple of Non NRMP programs but obviously was too late to expect any positive results.Now my gap from my profession is of almost 2 years.I got late for Step 2CK because I had to earn and give exams.May I know what is your advise for the September match?
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As Kaplan Medical pointed out, there are programs that do accept old graduates.

In fact there are programs who love to have "experienced" IMGs as they may diversify their program and add more experience to the pool of "fresh" grads.

Your prior experience, your USMLE scores, your USCE, your LoRs, and everything in your CV can help you get into the game.
Sabio, can you advise me too on this issue. I shall surely try to get USCE, but visa issues/financial issues shall have to be considered by me. Your experience with my kind issues and me being old graduate. What shall be your advise?
Thanks in anticipation.
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i have seen a doctor who will start her residency and 40 yo age
but she took a fellow for 1 year in usa and had much experiencee in her country
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Hi,
I'm in the same situation as you. "Old grad"... LOL, got ECFMG certified in March this year but wasn't when I had to apply for the programs in September
I'm applying for the 2013 match. Where are you from?
I really hope we have a chance! I think we will! I've been getting some USCE at a local hospital which I hope it will help!
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Hi,
I'm in the same situation as you. "Old grad"... LOL, got ECFMG certified in March this year but wasn't when I had to apply for the programs in September
I'm applying for the 2013 match. Where are you from?
I really hope we have a chance! I think we will! I've been getting some USCE at a local hospital which I hope it will help!
Hi good to hear from you.It is very good that you are having USCE,this shall help you a lot.I am also trying to get some,but have not succeeded yet.I shall appear for step3 in July,lets see what happens after that.
Do keep in touch and let me know of your success stories,I too shall let you know if I have any kind of info which can help us.
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Hi,
I got ECFMG certified.I scored 242 in Step 2 CK and cleared Step2 CS also(all in first attempt).I could not register for NRMP and therefore could not participate in SOAP.I applied in couple of Non NRMP programs but obviously was too late to expect any positive results.Now my gap from my profession is of almost 2 years.I got late for Step 2CK because I had to earn and give exams.May I know what is your advise for the September match?
Try Getting some research and make impression.It's an option.Usually you have to commit for couple of years or atleast one year and for some visa can be an issue.If everything fails then this is the best bet.PD's take you in an no criteria is seen then.
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Done with USMLE steps.Got the result today and got 239.
Lets see what this does to my residency chance
Just to encourage old grads,I would like to let you know that one of my best friends in this forum got pre-matched in a program this year.He too is 1999 grad,so keep your hopes alive.
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I did not match this year, it was my first Match.
For all the old grads I must want to tell you that I know of 3 people with same year of grad as mine and one of them with an attempt in CS made it into IM residency this year............so to all old grads, you have a chance.
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Hi All,I am logging into this forum after a long time. Actually I matched this year, and as expected internship is pretty hectic,thats the reason I could not write earlier. and may be wont be able to come on forum after this for a while. I wanted to thank this forum for all the motivation and help throughout my USMLE journey.
I had ups and downs and when I did not match for first time I felt very sad,but naturally,but at that time I felt that i will never make it. I had no one known in the system and had almost given up, had rising loan because of my stay in US...and on my first match failure,I was doing externship,extremely depressed and sad....but thought of doing my best in that situation with lot of inspiration from my wife and daughter.....spent lot of time preparing articles for presentation,being proactive,but always thinking that i wont make it as I dont know anyone, lot of co-externs had joined externship through faculties recommendations and only 5 seats for externs out of total 60 externs a year.....but I was wrong, US is a country which sees hard work/talent.....to my surprise on 17 March I got the result of being matched.
I dont have fairy tale stories to tell,dont have any guidance material , but would like to encourage everyone that its always possible if you work hard and not give up.,....so Good luck to you all in your endeavors
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Hi All,I am logging into this forum after a long time. Actually I matched this year, and as expected internship is pretty hectic,thats the reason I could not write earlier. and may be wont be able to come on forum after this for a while. I wanted to thank this forum for all the motivation and help throughout my USMLE journey.
I had ups and downs and when I did not match for first time I felt very sad,but naturally,but at that time I felt that i will never make it. I had no one known in the system and had almost given up, had rising loan because of my stay in US...and on my first match failure,I was doing externship,extremely depressed and sad....but thought of doing my best in that situation with lot of inspiration from my wife and daughter.....spent lot of time preparing articles for presentation,being proactive,but always thinking that i wont make it as I dont know anyone, lot of co-externs had joined externship through faculties recommendations and only 5 seats for externs out of total 60 externs a year.....but I was wrong, US is a country which sees hard work/talent.....to my surprise on 17 March I got the result of being matched.
I dont have fairy tale stories to tell,dont have any guidance material , but would like to encourage everyone that its always possible if you work hard and not give up.,....so Good luck to you all in your endeavors
Congrats....you were awesome, all you needed was someone to see your potential.Good luck
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Hi All,I am logging into this forum after a long time. Actually I matched this year, and as expected internship is pretty hectic,thats the reason I could not write earlier. and may be wont be able to come on forum after this for a while. I wanted to thank this forum for all the motivation and help throughout my USMLE journey.
I had ups and downs and when I did not match for first time I felt very sad,but naturally,but at that time I felt that i will never make it. I had no one known in the system and had almost given up, had rising loan because of my stay in US...and on my first match failure,I was doing externship,extremely depressed and sad....but thought of doing my best in that situation with lot of inspiration from my wife and daughter.....spent lot of time preparing articles for presentation,being proactive,but always thinking that i wont make it as I dont know anyone, lot of co-externs had joined externship through faculties recommendations and only 5 seats for externs out of total 60 externs a year.....but I was wrong, US is a country which sees hard work/talent.....to my surprise on 17 March I got the result of being matched.
I dont have fairy tale stories to tell,dont have any guidance material , but would like to encourage everyone that its always possible if you work hard and not give up.,....so Good luck to you all in your endeavors
Where did you match?
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Hello, Old graduate in 1999, worked here and there in my country. passed step1, 2 CSA scores<200 first attempt ecfmg certified in sep 2004. Passed step 3 score< 200 4 attmepts Came to US in 2007. Worked 3 years in clinic as medical assistant and extern. Went to physician assistant program and working as physician assistant certified for 2 years Licensed in Texas what are my chnace if I just apply or I reappaer in all steps.
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Hello, Old graduate in 1999, worked here and there in my country. passed step1, 2 CSA scores<200 first attempt ecfmg certified in sep 2004. Passed step 3 score< 200 4 attmepts Came to US in 2007. Worked 3 years in clinic as medical assistant and extern. Went to physician assistant program and working as physician assistant certified for 2 years Licensed in Texas what are my chnace if I just apply or I reappaer in all steps.
Sorry for late response, actually logging in after a year, residency is too busy. Anyways there is always a hope. I know few people with multiple attempts match(few did research and published in journals, one of these persons told that his mentor called the PD of program and was accepted, but he said he did exceptionally well and did MEANINGFUL research, hard work pays)....networking may help too. Being practical is good, but not giving up and working on ways to get in may be helpful,,,,,hope you make it one day....looks very difficult, but you never know....something extraordinary will be required.
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