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Arrow Number of programs to apply for matters!

A question which I have in mind is, does it improve our chances to apply wide with a deficient profile or would that be a waste?
Most people I have spoken to suggest applying for 80-100 programs in the hope of 5-10 interviews or more if lucky. But those most people have had complete profiles and great scores! What would be a good figure to aim at? I'm only looking for an IM residency, but will apply to a few peds programs as well!

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Yes, definitely, the more programs you apply for the greater chances you have.

But I have to remind you that it's a waste of money if you apply to programs that do not match your criteria.

Like for example if the program did not take IMGs before or the program is specifically mentioning that they need one year USCE or the program that mentions ECFMG certified at the time of application, ...etc

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Yes, definitely, the more programs you apply for the greater chances you have.

But I have to remind you that it's a waste of money if you apply to programs that do not match your criteria.

Like for example if the program did not take IMGs before or the program is specifically mentioning that they need one year USCE or the program that mentions ECFMG certified at the time of application, ...etc

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Hi SABIO!!

If I did an observership in Pediatrics will it be counted as USCE by the program directors of Internal Medicine as USCE if I am applying for INternal Medicine??
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Hi SABIO!!

If I did an observership in Pediatrics will it be counted as USCE by the program directors of Internal Medicine as USCE if I am applying for INternal Medicine??
Yes it would, but not as good as IM USCE.

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could you please tell me where you did your pedia obv. iam trying to find one badly...please..
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Hey thanks for moving this up in another separate topic! So sabio what would be a good number to target for applications? 1. with a complete profile 2. with a deficient profile (CK score pending till october)? As I said before, I'm trying to apply with not all the hope in the world this year, but still want to put the best foot forward! thanks in advance! (Oh, I have 2 months clerkships as well)
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