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Question Does LoR guarantee admission?

hiii, i am medical student from india. i am planning to get paid electives. and they say that they will provide me an LoR.

i will give my step 1 in aug-sep and i think i will get around 230.

So, this score and an LoR, enough for admission(i know step 2 is important but lets forget it for a moment)??

Is it possible that even with LoR i will be rejected?(i am planning for internal medicine).
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You can apply without CK, but it is undesirable for International Medical Graduate to do so.

Yes, it is possible to be rejected without CK. Some programs state that they will only consider ECFMG certified applicant for interview.
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no, my main point is LoR. i am gonna use money for paid electives and LoR and in return i am expecting some guarantee in matching.

after wasting money i dont wanna get rejected.

suppose i passed Ck n CS both exams with average score than what?
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Doing an elective and getting resonable scores in itself does not guaruntee you a residency spot. (if that is what your asking)
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This is a dumb question...
Why and how would an LoR get you a residency spot.. Unless the program director who picks the spots is amazed by you and personally tells you.
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so, after getting resonable scores n LoR, i will still be at risk

i am just caculating my chances. i know there is nothing which can give 100% gaurantee.
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Dear bhavesh, you should set your intentions right. There are many people out here who have achieved more than 230 on both steps and have atleast one lor and still have no idea whether they will match or not.

If you manage to get one lor from a paid elective and manage to get 230 as you say, you are still not entitled to a guaranteed residency spot. There is no guarantee through nrmp. So be prepared to face the uncertainties. The only thing that helps is improving the overall application, and a good lor will add value to an img application. But again, its foolishness to ask for guarantee in return of paying for an elective and getting a lor.
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Your question is valid, and i just wanted to clear the thing.

Also, are you doing the elective through any agency or directly through any hospital? Is it clerkship/observership/ externship? Is the guaranteed lor included in the contract?
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No, this definitely does NOT guarantee you will match.
Also, a paid elective with a guaranteed LOR is pretty sketchy.
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THANK YOU stepboy..!! u gave me the answer i wanted..

n no i am not doing by myself. it will be through any agency most probably americanclerkship though i havnt decided yet. n yes they do say that they will give LoR.
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Most of such agencies are bogus and do not deliver what they promise. There have been many cases of cheating in past. You should be careful.

Its always advisable to apply directly to teaching hospitals or community hospitals for USCE.
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I totally agree with Stepboy... I would not pay an agency to find a spot, just look for one yourself, it is much safer... those agencies are kind of sketchy if you ask me...
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the problem is i have just 3 months left in my graduation. n i havnt given step 1 yet. so i doubt i will get any spot.!
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Directly applying to hospitals is THE BEST.
If you go through paid externships because of poor scores or few months left then at least check reviews online, ask other forum members about their experiences. Going in blindly into any company with so much money is stupid without doing proper research and talking to the company's physicians
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