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Old 05-10-2013
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Rheumatology/Orthopedics Orthopedics residency possible for IMG?

Wot are my chances and wot do I need to do in terms of USCE. Is research important?
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Orthopedic Surgery

- Positions Offered: 693
- Number of Applicants: US Seniors- 833 Total- 1,038
(205 IMG/FMG)

-Number of Matches: US Seniors- 636 Total- 692
(56 IMG/FMG)

- 91.8% Filed by US Seniors

NRMP Advanced Data Tables - 2013 main Residency Match

Selection Criteria for Residency: Results of a National Program Directors Survey

"Despite student perceptions that research in medical school is an essential ingredient for a successful application to residency, our findings indicate that research experience ranks low among selection criteria when all specialties are grouped together. The NRMP also found that research experience in medical school did not differ significantly among U.S. seniors who matched in their specialties of choice and those who did not.1 This was consistent across competitive and noncompetitive specialties. It should be noted, however, that in our survey, program directors in particularly competitive specialties (radiation oncology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and dermatology) ranked research experience highly (Table 3). It may be that when all other selection criteria are outstanding among applicants to a particular specialty, research experience or research publications may help discriminate candidates."

Keep in mind that US Medical Graduates average 2 or more years of hands-on clinical experience in primary care and supplement with sub-specialties. In addition, more than ever, foreign and international medical graduates are completing hands-on clinical rotations in the US to prepare and help meet the selection criteria for residency.

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Thanks Victor. One more question please. I plan on doing electives in orthopedics next year during my finals. Will also doing externship after I graduate help my chances, or is it unnecessary.
Also, I want to get a good biostatistics textbook to help me understand research better, but I don't know which one to get. I don't want a review book, but a book dat will explain biostatistics to me from the basics. Some advice pls.
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Wow, that is a good answer. Very informative, thanks.
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I'd like to thank Victor for those information, that helped me in choosing orthopedic residency programs. Good, informative and extra useful. In addition, it was actual year ago =)
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