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Hello I am an IMG from india.. I am doing my second yr MBBS ...and want to take my step 1 at the end of my second yr.. I have a dream to do my residency at john hopkins..... Can anyone please guide through this???? I wanna know the score req to join there ...
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Hopkins is a very tough place for IMGs to get a foot into so my advice would be to continue to have high aspirations but make sure you look at a range of residency programs at different institutions on your search. It helps to know what specialty/specialties you want to apply to to begin thinking about your goals. You should go to the program's website to read about their training program as well as the caliber of applicants who end up there.

With regards to getting into Hopkins, you should definitely aim to score above the mean in the USMLEs. For example, for Internal Medicine, (according to FREIDA online), the average score for current residents at the Hopkins University Program is >240 for Step 1. If you are a going to apply as a non-US IMG, you'll need to make sure that your visa will not be a barrier to applying to this program (eg. they may not accept a J1 visa at the time you are applying). As you are still a student, you should try to arrange for a medical student elective rotation in the U.S. It gets a lot harder to get USCE after you graduate and having a medical student elctive-USCE is, in my opinion, better than any you can get after you graduate.

Also, you should get involved in various activities at your own medical school, volunteer, and publish in areas you're interested in. Contribute to your school, your medical colleagues and your community as much as you can right now! You'll be a better doctor and hopefully a better applicant for it.

Good luck!
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Hopkins is a very tough place for IMGs to get a foot into so my advice would be to continue to have high aspirations but make sure you look at a range of residency programs at different institutions on your search. It helps to know what specialty/specialties you want to apply to to begin thinking about your goals. You should go to the program's website to read about their training program as well as the caliber of applicants who end up there.

With regards to getting into Hopkins, you should definitely aim to score above the mean in the USMLEs. For example, for Internal Medicine, (according to FREIDA online), the average score for current residents at the Hopkins University Program is >240 for Step 1. If you are a going to apply as a non-US IMG, you'll need to make sure that your visa will not be a barrier to applying to this program (eg. they may not accept a J1 visa at the time you are applying). As you are still a student, you should try to arrange for a medical student elective rotation in the U.S. It gets a lot harder to get USCE after you graduate and having a medical student elctive-USCE is, in my opinion, better than any you can get after you graduate.

Also, you should get involved in various activities at your own medical school, volunteer, and publish in areas you're interested in. Contribute to your school, your medical colleagues and your community as much as you can right now! You'll be a better doctor and hopefully a better applicant for it.

Good luck!
Thanks a lot for your advice. I wanted to know whether I can do my electives after my step 2? And if I complete my step 1 at the end of my third yr and give my step 2 after 2 yrs ?
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The timing of the elective would probably depend on your medical school and when they allow you to do an overseas elective. I don't see any issues with your proposed timing but since I don't know your exact situation that's hard for me to say for sure.

You can take a look at some available electives online (this is easy - you can just google "international medical student elective" and look at the application requirements various programs). Another good site is the AAMC electives site where you can use filters (eg. "accepts international medical students") and search for programs to apply to. You should really try to plan as early as possible. Requirements vary by institution.

Hope that helps!
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