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Question Gaps in CV and effect on residency matching!

Here are my credentials;
YOG = 2007,
Scores = 245/244/cs passed/210 [ all in first attempt]

I have observerships in US for the past one year and have 2 US LORs and have worked about 5 months each in year of 2008 and 2009 backhome.
Having said that, I have gap in my CV for 6 months in 2007, 6 months in 2008 , 7 months in 2009 and 7 months in 2010. I would like to know if these gaps in my CV will affect me as I would like to match for IM match.

Thanks in advance for the advice..
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Default PDs do not like it

PDs do not like gaps in the CV.

In fact this is the reason why they don't like old graduates. They fear that long periods away from clinical work render applicants incompetent.

Single six month gap might be understandable. But multiple 6 months gaps won't be OK.

I suggest you try to hide these gaps by extending the intervening experiences.

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hello steptaker hello all
I have some inquiries about c.v gaps:
IF I HAVE ONE YEAR GAP BUT DURING THIS TIME I PREPARE MY SELF TO TAKE STEP 1 AND STEP 2 DOES IT MEAN GAP?
AFTER I GRADUATED MY PAPERS TOOK ABOUT 4 MONTHS FOR RATIFICATIONS AND SEALS AFTER THAT DIRECTLY I STATR THE INTERNSHIP DOES IT MEAN GAP?
LAST QUESTION I WILL FINISH MY INTERNS IN 12 2011 AFTER THAT I WILL WORK AS GENERAL PHYSICIAN FOR 7 MONTHS UNTIL I CAN START THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN MY COUNTRY OR U.S.A DOES GP FULL THE GAP?
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PDs do not like gaps in the CV.

In fact this is the reason why they don't like old graduates. They fear that long periods away from clinical work render applicants incompetent.

Single six month gap might be understandable. But multiple 6 months gaps won't be OK.

I suggest you try to hide these gaps by extending the intervening experiences.

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Thank you very much for the advice..
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hello steptaker hello all
I have some inquiries about c.v gaps:
IF I HAVE ONE YEAR GAP BUT DURING THIS TIME I PREPARE MY SELF TO TAKE STEP 1 AND STEP 2 DOES IT MEAN GAP?
AFTER I GRADUATED MY PAPERS TOOK ABOUT 4 MONTHS FOR RATIFICATIONS AND SEALS AFTER THAT DIRECTLY I STATR THE INTERNSHIP DOES IT MEAN GAP?
LAST QUESTION I WILL FINISH MY INTERNS IN 12 2011 AFTER THAT I WILL WORK AS GENERAL PHYSICIAN FOR 7 MONTHS UNTIL I CAN START THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN MY COUNTRY OR U.S.A DOES GP FULL THE GAP?
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU DOCTORS
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> Yes, studying for the USMLE without being officially involved in med school is considered a gap by PDs.

> No, any work whether it's a GP or even washing cars, is not considered a gap in the CV.

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> yes, studying for the usmle without being officially involved in med school is considered a gap by pds.

> no, any work whether it's a gp or even washing cars, is not considered a gap in the cv.

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So, as long as you can prove you were doing something, even if not medical related, is not considered a gap?

I will have a 3 year gap for when I apply, but in the meantime I've been working for an income in a non-medical field.

I'm freaking out about not matching due to this. But recession was tough.
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> Yes, studying for the USMLE without being officially involved in med school is considered a gap by PDs.

> No, any work whether it's a GP or even washing cars, is not considered a gap in the CV.

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Sabio/Steptaker, I have to tell you I am angry of you both. you have been unavailable and did not answer our questions in the last week, when we would have needed you the most and had serious dilemmas as the deadline was approaching! now, that most of us already submitted the application, CANNOT MAKE ANY MORE CHANGES, now you start spreading your wisdom.

I had a job similar to carwashing that I spent my gap year with. did not want to include it thinking it was so non-professional
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Sabio/Steptaker, I have to tell you I am angry of you both. you have been unavailable and did not answer our questions in the last week, when we would have needed you the most and had serious dilemmas as the deadline was approaching! now, that most of us already submitted the application, CANNOT MAKE ANY MORE CHANGES, now you start spreading your wisdom.

I had a job similar to carwashing that I spent my gap year with. did not want to include it thinking it was so non-professional
it is not the job per se that PDs judge you for. it is the hardworking person that they see. that's one ability good PDs have, see a true candidate.
my attending was a librarian before to find some extra cash. he's now a pulmonary critical care specialist at a nice hosp.
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Sabio/Steptaker, I have to tell you I am angry of you both. you have been unavailable and did not answer our questions in the last week, when we would have needed you the most and had serious dilemmas as the deadline was approaching! now, that most of us already submitted the application, CANNOT MAKE ANY MORE CHANGES, now you start spreading your wisdom.

I had a job similar to carwashing that I spent my gap year with. did not want to include it thinking it was so non-professional

Dude realize they arent paid for this, and they do have a life as well.
LOL@ being angry at them, and getting mad because you submitted your application. Its up to us to do our own due diligence, and not necessarily depend on others. We should accept the wisdom given when it can, but it should never substitute your own.
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Dude realize they arent paid for this, and they do have a life as well.
LOL@ being angry at them, and getting mad because you submitted your application. Its up to us to do our own due diligence, and not necessarily depend on others. We should accept the wisdom given when it can, but it should never substitute your own.
1st rule to success in life, Never ever blame anyone else for your own problem.
true.. they are helping us out the best way they can, but they have main jobs too. one shouldn't blame them for his/her mistakes.. (im guessing they are PDs or program coordinators, as they know a lot about the process & start disappearing this moment )
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