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Help Which States for IM and Ortho Residency!

I am an IMG from India in 3rd yr of med school. I'll be taking my step 1 after the electives (electives in yr 2013). my field of interest are orthopedics and internal med (in order of preference). can anyone tell me......

a)what are the mecca (i mean best places/cities) for orthopedics and internal med residency programs?

b) being an IMG (with no us citizenship), what other plus points should i possess, other than good scores, to get the desired program?

c) putting a preference for place-new york>new jersey>Atlanta>California, what more do i need to possess, other than good scores, to get into desired field?

d) would the field or place from were i do my electives play a key role in getting me a desired field?
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Definitely electives help you in getting the residency that you want.

There are hundreds of Internal Medicine and Orthopedics residency programs across USA, no single State is better than the other.

In order to increase your chances, in addition to high scores, you need USCE and US LoRs and Research publications.

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wat specific electives can u suggest me to do in order to get that residency in ortho/IM?

I've been looking thru this forum's various articles and wat i find is that its really a tough job for an IMG to get an ortho residency, is it really true? i know that various articles talk the same about this issue, but still can anyone give me more views n help about this......
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Do electives in the specialty that you want to apply for. If you want IM, then do IM electives and if you want to apply to ortho as well then do ortho electives as well.

Orthopedics is one of the most competitive residencies in USA. This means that US grads love it and the number of US applicants exceeds the number of positions available and this means that IMGs are very very difficult to get in because no matter what, the US grad is preferred over the IMG.

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