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Question what will be chances for IMG's in 2020-2022

hello everyone,
I am an international student who wants to train in USA in the future, I didn't pass any steps yet. and i wouldn't be able to apply to match untill 2020-2022.
So i want to know if you have an idea about what will be the chances for IMG's to match at that time? especially in general surgery
thank you very much
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It gets tougher and tougher every year because the US government still hasn't significantly increased the number of residency spots. Unless that happens in the next 5 years, it looks bleak.
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I think it is getting really tough every year especially if you are looking for a good university, I scored high in all the three steps but still did not get a university program.
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do you say that 6-8 years from now doors will be totally closed for IMG's? aren't they any good signs for IMG's?
I heard about a bill to increase residency spots, what happened with this bill? and if it becomes a law, can we see a significant increase in general surgery spots ?(is there shortage in this field ?)

sorry i am asking many questions, but i just want to make sure i am making the right choice before starting the whole process.
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as stated above by others, future for IMGs for now does not look good.

the bill that is keep being mentioned on forums means nothing. it was spoken about years ago but it was not passed to the law. so don't count on this bill to be passed to help you out.

there are shortages of doctors, but the government is trying to increase number of doctors by increasing number of AMGs and allowing DOs to apply for MD residency to resolve that issue. Right now, I dont see their design to help IMGs in anyway.

unless you have absolute desire to go this way, starting now as img looks really tough.
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@megahigh: based on actual expectations for the future, do you think we should consider other options than USA ? if so what would be the alternatives ?canada for example could be a good one ?
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@megahigh: based on actual expectations for the future, do you think we should consider other options than USA ? if so what would be the alternatives ?canada for example could be a good one ?
Trust me when I tell you, that Canada is almost not an option at all. I tried, and despite great test scores and new yog and Canadian citizenship (not that Canada cares about that), I didn't get a single interview.

Seriously, I wouldn't waste the money or the time.
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i guess i will end-up staying at home after all
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No body knows what would happen after 8 years, the US government might increase the number of spots, but what is for sure is that it is getting very difficult to get a good place, it needs much more than high scores, which is obvious from my case I think, may be it is early to judge about it, but I feel like I am frustrated, I killed my self to get 268 in CK and now I get rejected from university programs.
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Pay attention to match charting outcomes in next few years. If you see steady trending down in IMG match rate then we will know we are getting there to the IMG apocalypse. But if the rate is stable as it has been in few years, I am not sure there will be sudden drastic change.

Look for other options too. Just in case things did not work out in your favor to be a resident here.
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@IMlover: yes good idea, i will keep an eye on next match seasons, the plan was is to pass step 1 while i am a student as soon as possible, then other steps when i get to work coz i can't afford paying them now. so i was hoping to know what will be the situation in 2020. so that if USA was hopeless i focus the effort of step 1 on other options. but obviously it is hard to predict

I don't know now if it worth taking step 1 in the next 2 years with the intention of applying untill 2021-2022 to match or let it till that time when i will have a good judgment on the situation then take the decision of passing USMLE or not. what do you think guys ?
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@IMlover: yes good idea, i will keep an eye on next match seasons, the plan was is to pass step 1 while i am a student as soon as possible, then other steps when i get to work coz i can't afford paying them now. so i was hoping to know what will be the situation in 2020. so that if USA was hopeless i focus the effort of step 1 on other options. but obviously it is hard to predict

I don't know now if it worth taking step 1 in the next 2 years with the intention of applying untill 2021-2022 to match or let it till that time when i will have a good judgment on the situation then take the decision of passing USMLE or not. what do you think guys ?
last i heard step scores are only valid for 7 years........so.
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@dr88: but it is valid until you get the ecfmg certificate, then the certificate will be valid for other years, right ? in other words what will matter for PD is that you have recently taken the certificate not in wich time you pass the step1, i'm i wrong ? anyway i'll try not not exeed the 7years period if i decide to do the step 1 now
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