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Default Will a PhD help in matching after failing CS?

I know it sounds crazy but I am exploring options. I really don't have the finances to retake CS and do observerships for months and then take step 3. And even after that my chances of not matching will be much higher than matching.A kind of practical advice that I got from a friend was to take GRE and go for PhD in a field I am interested in and for me it would be immunology. The other thing is that I will be financially independent.
My main doubts about this approach are :-
Firstly, PhD is no joke. Its 5 years of my prime of life. I am 24 and by the time I finish it I will be 30.
Secondly, the match is getting tougher every year and policies are changing fast. I don't know what will be the scenario in 2020. At that time I will be old and if I dont match, I will be stuck with research.
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I know it sounds crazy but I am exploring options. I really don't have the finances to retake CS and do observerships for months and then take step 3. And even after that my chances of not matching will be much higher than matching.A kind of practical advice that I got from a friend was to take GRE and go for PhD in a field I am interested in and for me it would be immunology. The other thing is that I will be financially independent.
My main doubts about this approach are :-
Firstly, PhD is no joke. Its 5 years of my prime of life. I am 24 and by the time I finish it I will be 30.
Secondly, the match is getting tougher every year and policies are changing fast. I don't know what will be the scenario in 2020. At that time I will be old and if I dont match, I will be stuck with research.
finish CS get certified then apply then think whatever u want to do
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I know a CS failure can be an absolute blow to your confidence.
But hey, you have great scores, so don't be bogged down.
You will need to clear CS, sooner or later, to be ECFMG certified and apply for the match. No escaping that.
As far as expenses are concerned, even a PhD can be quite draining. They have exorbitant tuition fees for the first couple of years and then, if you are lucky enough to receive grant, you could fund yourself. In return, they'll pay you some basic stipend, something around 40k-50k p.a.
Consider the following:
Pros of a Phd:
1. Research publications and ample exposure to a 'research-oriented' environment.
2. Contacts with professors and clinicians, especially at University-based hospitals. These are the places where most would like to match, and if you have managed to get someone covering for you, you're in.
3. MD-PhD grads are preferred at most University-based elite residency programs. I did one of my electives at Harvard and this is what my residents told me.
4. Of course, you'll get a stipend too. And an ample amount of time to adjust to the academic environment in the US.
5. You might like to pursue your career in mainstream research later on, in case you change your mind. A good fall-back plan.
Cons:
1. AGE: You'll lose out on this advantage.
2. Year of graduation: This is turning out to be a BIG deciding factor every year. You'll be a 5 year+ old IMG and many programs would not want you.
3. Community based programs and IMG friendly programs don't really prefer research-oriented candidates...(I keep about hearing that pretty often).
4. Future uncertainty regarding IMGs.
I hope this helps.
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