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Its a big one written with one breath in last 1-2 hours. Not sure if anyone will go to till the end, so let me know if you do

The journey starts with some problem in personal social, educational medical life;Stimulus and motivation to change improve, You make the decision to change, to immigrate and that's the half job done.
After that all you need is proper, evidence based plan! and ability to stick to it!
Lot of people are especially determined to pass USMLEs from the very beginning of their conscious life.Some people have enormous support, from family parents, some people have enormous responsibilities themselves, for someone this is an escape and beginning and chance of new life, for someone it is just the way it was meant to be.
Some people are good test takers and very fast readers, some are very bad test takers, and anxiety affects their performance. But every hard working individual can do this with proper planning of the preparation and sticking to that plan!
If someone would ask me I would say: Do your CS exam first if you fail it forget about USMLES, if not continue. But of course nothing happens like this and yes despite difficulties people with attempts, bumps in their medical education or career still match.

Step 1: Life Starts after step1. Once you do it you believe you can achieve your goal! Takes biggest time for preparation.

Start first aid from very early in your life and donít doubt that the typical methods of Kaplan Lecture Notes, High Yield Neuroanatomy, Pathoma+Goljan, BRS physiology, Behavioral and biostatistics by Dr. Steven Daugherty. Biostats are same for all steps gets tougher and tougher with each step but learn form him it will get you there.
Dr. Steven Daugherty has very nice blog, and yes all this is about your mental strength. So have one and donít let anything break y down.
I was so angry in the beginning that exam reports take such a long tie to come, but when you get back to life after giving your exam start becoming a human, again have enough time to think worry and cope with any possible outcome, than you are ready to receive the score.

https://usmlethought.wordpress.com/
go through all the article by him listed on the right side green area under the profile picture.
Watch him on Youtube and you can easily get on his free webinar through social media. Promoted by Becker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REXH...ature=youtu.be
Becker also has very good former Kaplan Pharmacology lecturer Lionel Raymon

So those lecturer were so good at Kaplan and so popular that now they are on their own. Fischer has Medquest; Daugherty, Raymon and maybe couple others are on Becker. So I would definitely consider them for your Step1 prep.
There is a very good physiology lecturer for the beginners Dr. Wasir Kudrath
You can google and find more info about them yourselves.

When you finish first run of all the books which would be better if you do together with first aid each subject with annotation, I recommend to do second very fast review, start registering for exam and taking eligibility period in next 3-5 months.

Last 2 months before exam are saint. You have to dedicate yourself whole day.
Deactivate Facebook if you have not already done so. Its not just casual saying. Deactivate for one week and y will see the difference in your study efficiency. Iím not addictive but it wastes my time. And donít tell me that it does not waste yours.=, when every minute of your study counts. You have to become compulsive with study. So if you believe someone who did USMLEs in 1,5 year believe me and do like that.

Closer to the exam period DIT NBMEs Will get you to correct scheduling of your test day.

How you study? Itís hard and it seems very easy to say and it sound like these: 10-12-14 hours on the go, stop checking your phone, forget about anyone in your life.


STEP2 CK: MTB 2 by Conrad Fischer with Usmleworld question bank twice minimum! Or at least once RANDOM TIMED + you should at least mark half of the questions and do MARKED AND INCORRECT on second run. I used to still mark and do 4-5 times couple of questions who have very informative explanations like 5 ECGs, Muskuloskeletal problems with 4 differentials in same answer etc.. percentages does not matter but they do correlate with score more or less. UW self-assessment is golden for step2 so save it for the last time. I received exact same scores on both of my exams as my last self-assessments.
Here are score correlations:
NBME, UWSA, Qbanks Averages, Correlation with Real Step 2 CK Exam Score
and this information is very valuable!

Here is my CK experience.
I killed my self, trying to find answer, if I needed Kaplan lecture notes for CK and trust me you donít! I almost hit 250 with only MTB2+3 for other subjects.+ UW 1.5 times in 2.5 months total prep.
Tamta's Ck exam experience

Step 3: Loaded with Biostats but not scary! We know enough when we come at that point to receive the passing score. If you are applying with step3 maybe you would get little more serious and try to score above 215-220. I have not seen any normal people score something crazy high then that. And mentioning sky rocket scores, donít think that whole world are above250, and 260s as it seems on forum. You have no idea how many ppl have scores below 220s, so be quiet if your score is average.
STEP 3: is a good deal for IM its just another USMLE that you have to do and bugs your head from behind until you get rid of that. I prepared it from New Year till the end of February. Around the end of interview season. But before the Match period, I think its ideal time, it keeps you occupied and matching time comes soon. If you have not done it before March do it as soon as you know you have matched.
I have seen seniors, chief residents, graduates form residencies who have problems passing exam and starting practice because we all know when you are out of shape of studying you are out of shape and exam becomes scary and hardly doable for you.

Recently reconstructed Step 3 experience thread of me and couple people: Scores should be out next Wednesday, so just follow the thread.
December-February Step 3 Test Takers Group

CS: CS is a pain !!! it has spoiled so many good applicants with great scores you wonít imagine and getting interview and being matched with CS attempt for IMG is like carrying a heavy torturing crest on your application always!
You will always need to justify why you failed it and never try to justify it just say bravely that you were stupid, unprepared, anxious and scared enough to fail it, but you learned your lesson found a very good partner which you have to really do, and passed it on the second attempt. And show them that you are not someone with disability and excel in your communication and spoken English at least during the interview.

How to prepare for it schedule early starting from January of the year you are applying, make sure you got date early as it is filled months ahead and see the scoring report date to make sure you have your CS score report and accordingly ECFMG certificate in time before applying!

Find a good partner who is also taking exam, go on the forum read peoples experiences, mistakes, and practice practice practice as for real exam with your partner!
I was waiting for my Immigration case for 7 months and I have had 10+ partners for CS. I had the most crazy month in New York , found the closest exam date I could get in Philly and went on exam almost sleepless, with crazy face, without makeup or anything covering my inner horror. But I passed it, cause I prepared so much! I was nauseated to start doing any case, I knew all the First Aid cases from first word, I used to correct the partner who was playing patient when they made mistakes answering me from the book. So JUST DO IT I DONíT KNOW HOW BUT DO IT AND DONít fail it be like a confident doctor, play it act, donít fail!

Can you apply with just step1? Without CS? Without ECFMG? With CK score being late? Of course you can, contact can make anything for you. Get you an interview But 1. you may fail, and all your efforts for getting interviews will be failed and spoiled 2. You loose opportunities to get interviews. Because you may be just filtered out because of not being ECFMG certified. Everyone prefers rounded up complete applications.

You donít have USCE? But you had done a lot in your country? They like it!!! They appreciate it !! They have an attitude to you as to their colleague! Everybody knows there is not much you can do other then Clerckships as a student in US hospital. But whatever you do your efforts still speak about you: you got familiar with system, you got familiar with EMR, you made good impression on the doctor you where working with.

INTERVIEWS: I did not have black document leather thing. I did not write down notes, I wore comfortable same suite and pants on almost 15 interviews and 20+ meetings, but I listened carefully I had my story ready, I knew what questions I would be asked form my CV and usually brought those themes up myself during the conversation
Humor -yes its important as everyone you and I would love to have someone who is fun to have around. So are they, they are looking at your personality, are you an interesting and nice person to work with, dependable? Coachable? Trustful? Make comments remarks, reminiscences from your life, career that show how trustful mature and ready for this you are.
Donít stress too much that you are from unique, most powerful University on your continent, mention and emphasize that you are self-educated, thatís what we really are, its not a shame, itís the truth and only speaks good about our capabilities. And you know what you will get in response? That American students donít know how to self Ėeducate, that its an excellent feature for a medical professional, that you did a good job!

There is nothing you can search out about program that will help you on interview, they will represent their program nobody will ask you what do you know about this program, they may ask why this specialty why this program. But I have never been asked that.
What will you know about your program after your interview? Nothing surprisingly different than you expected, well maybe y find that some rural community programs are pretty good! You almost always know where you are going and where it goes on your rank list from the moment you receive interview.
On interview you get an idea about the program the way itís represented by residents, PD, Attendings.

On my first interview at some place chief resident was representing program it seemed pretty good, on second look main representative was internóit looked and sounded different, more real.
On one noon conference intern complained about scutworkÖThese are some small things that may leak during the interview day and give you an idea. And they are not hundred percent. You decide by location, by name of the program, by fellowship opportunities, by elective opportunities.
And as an IMG myself, I am against naming programs good or bad, they DIFFER from each other. Me, You and hundreds or thousands of us IMGs would do well anywhere. We come from places where there is no light at home sometimes!!!!

Here is my interview experiences thread: I think itís a good one to give a look including comments.
Interview Experience

MATCHING: I know people who matched with CS attempt, although had difficulty getting interviews, I know people who did not match first year with >5 interviews, but for next year had GC, Step3 and maybe couple pseudo-clinical experience added to the CV, got 20 interviews and matched.

I know old graduates who are much more fun and nice people than some young perfect applicant, having much more valuable clinical experience and matching to amazing programs including myself.
Whole Matching process is like an online dating, which I have never done but now I definitely know how that feels. You are randomly chosen ( if you are lucky and virtually good looking enough on your profile/application) to impress some random person in the program for 5 minutes and assure him/her to put you in the list of people whom he/she will get married in next couple months.
There is literally no chance to excel that way to be chosen out of 100-200 applicants who are interviewed for around 10 spots. For example if you go by statistics: on one of my interviews: program which had 7 Spots, and interviews 150 people from ten applicants interviewed that day non of us had chance to be taken for that position. Just do the MATH.

They will go back to your CV when it comes to ranking, they will have some notes taken down on your application during interview to make them remember where they put you in which percentile to rank you among all applicants.
I was more and more disappointed about how unfair the process maybe to some people. Who are very intellectual, smart and nice persons but are not able to catch an eye, from the very first glance or make an easy communication on interview.

SCORES speak for you so make your best to pass exams. If you have scores above 240, less than 5 years grad, and donít need visa: you have >5 interviews in hand starting from last two weeks of September ending around mid October.
This is first round: which I consider how they start choosing first tide of people to interview out of filtered ones.

I personally got interviews after emailing programs and everyone of them I reached to were happy and seemed excited and called me on interview. Other than my 8 years of graduation, which was full of clinical and research experience BACK IN MY COUNTRY AND IN DIFFERENT SPECIALTY: my Usmle package was pretty good one, with scores >230 and >240 and CS first attempt.

Another thing took my CS second day after applying. But my risk worked out. I got ECFMG certificate on December 3 and got 5 interviews after that. I have prepared update emails to programs in NY NJ CT area night before I would even know I passed it . Sent emails right away Wednesday morning after knowing that I passed CS, and got first two interviews in 9 minutes and another one in couple hours later that day.
MY GC pending status helped me. I had PENDINDG status, if I wrote GC HOLDER status I would get more interviews. So if you are pretty sure about your immigration case being non-problematic, go and put down GC holder on your visa status, at least you will have work permit by the time of starting the Residency in July.

Best part of the interview season is making friends, you will meet amazing, wonderful , diverse people! Be nice and acceptable to everyone, you will meet weird people non of us are saints, especially considering all this tough process we are going through.
There are several types of applicants you will meet: from Pakistan, Indian, those born to do USMLES with 20 and more interviews, Caribbeans, AMGS, failed AMGs rarely, applicants from Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, single applicants form rare countries like myself Georgia.

You will meet lot of Caribbean graduates and you know them from very first glance, most social ones comfortable on interview feeling in their pot, with little above you attitude, some wonít even pay attention to you they will make you feel or say they have done rotation at that place, will tell you their experiences but in the end non of them will try to get in touch or close with you.

With all the respect I have friends Caribbean grads, they try to mask their anxiety or cover their complexes, trying to show superiority on you as on a foreign IMG.
American graduates lot of them are sweetest ones, not scared relaxed, enjoying the process, immigrant US graduates act the worst.

You will meet some failed AMGs, someone from very good School unable to match previous year, at IMG friendly program that you would rank somewhere in the middle of your list.. Accept everything without expressing too much astonishment.
Be nice to your fellow colleagues take them as peers not enemies, delicately point them if they are doing something wrong: standing with their back turned to the program coordinator without realizing that, tell them to turn and step aside quietly.
Treat others in the same way you would like to be treated!
IMGs like you from nowhere will be very comfortable to get to know you closer and donít be scared, they are not going to spoil your glorious interview.

Engage in conversation with the group while most of you are waiting to be called in the room to be interviewed. Donít get too excited though, cause you all will have something to have fun in common, you all will complain about the process and find relief that somebody understands exactly what you are going through but still everyone is listening, You may easily feel home and loose balance, so keep moderate.

Getting an interview is toughest thing in the world, you like it or not lot depends on contacts and contact can get you an interview and contact can get you ranked that high that you get matched!
I had Zero possible contacts that would ask for mto interview me but even no one to make my application visible for anyone out there. And the idea that I was filtered because of my graduation year was killing me and almost made me back up, thinking what were my chances among so many young fresh perfect applicant?!
I got to know about externship in NY through my friend, so planned it from my country and on the second day of my arrival in summer I rushed to do it. So I went and applied with just one very good US LOR. One letter from my hospital, another from chairman, another from US practicing Internist from my country.
Try to find out any doctor possible out there. Ask your mothers family doctor, ask your neighbor if they know someone, ask the grocery man if he knows any doctor who could help you
And share, talk with people, tell them that you need help donít just sit there with highly intelligent face, creating attitude that your non-medically-educated neighbor or school bus driver cannot understand the majesty of your medical ways.
I would not make anyone feel that I am anyhow socially or personally superior to them even if I did not need help, and especially you need help from any possible generous human being there and you still give attitude?
I know lot of people who are like that.
Donít be like that. Make your journey attractive to them, involve family friends, your mothers friends, they are honestly happy for you. And remember that you may be living some other peopleís dreams. Even though donít expect anyone, anyone in this whole world to understand the stress you are going under and how hard this really is. It is so hard that when you achieve it you donít feel anything other than security! That you made it and that you have a very good permanent job for the rest of your life!And those people around you yes they will make you feel special.

If your recommendator is from other specialty but has worked with you he/she can recommend you for different specialty. Avoid though generic and broad general recommendation letters that do not specify your skills in that specialty.

So, after arriving, after getting to know some of Georgians who already were in residencies, practicing doctors, some of them sent emails to their PDs to review my application. Nobody honest will lie to you that he/she will grant you an interview; The most people can do for you is give your AAMC number to PD or coordinator so they review your application. Afterwards its their personal decision.
Coordinators are big power! A random contact from LinkedIn helped me get an interview at AMGs program, as an example.

I got to know several doctors through LinkedIn, and received lot of help from them.

The most important part how I received interviews :
Email programs make a snapshot of your application bolding the main things like scores you need visa or not etcÖ

Is the program in the area where you live? Itís a big plus. Let them know you are flexible and available for the interview if there are cancelations during the interviews. And trust me there are a lot. And if you are the one canceling please do this couple days affront so somebody else gets that chance. I have come to people who just donít show up or cancel on the morning of interview day. Be humane! People are dying out there to get one interview

My friend forced me to do this and God bless him, this way I received 90% of my interviews emailing and updating programs. Provided that I was not ecfmg certified during the application period in September and in second round of updates I had my CS passed. Send to all available emails on MyEras, coordinators, PDs, sometimes you can figure out on your own PDs email, cause the abbreviation of name and surname will be in the same way as for coordinator

Template: in subject include Please Kindly review my application and add your AAMC number

Dear Dr, Mrs, Mr donít always assume that coordinator is female, Google the name in case you doubt

I am this and this from somewhere shortcut of your strengths, include that you are good team member!! Its all about being a team and working well with other doctors and residents.
Put your patient on the first plan!


ďI am an honest, hard working, coachable person, dedicated to my profession and a self sacrificing team member! ďThatís what I used and thats how I am indeed

MY AAMC ID is:Ö
Visa Needed/Not needed
Step1: 220
Step2: 240
ECFMG Certified
Step 3 scheduled in February.
Thank you for your consideration and I appreciate your time!
Sincerely,
Strange named and surnamed, MD

You are not the only one everyone does that! And yes they receive several emails, but they do skim through them and read cause they canít miss correspondence with the ones they interview with.
Be short but interesting. I have not done this: but some people think strategic time someone to see your email on the top of their hundred unread email list is to prepare drafts and send them early morning or late night.
I personally prefer to prepare and send email and did that on Sundays mostly. Cause you may clearly miss type the name etc

Prepare your personal statement, ask for LORs and make sure your Deans letter and Transcript are in perfect shape uploaded and delivered to MyEras by first week of September. I would have that ready maximum by August. Until your School goes to long vacation when they come back, its your application time, so prepare for it months affront, it takes time.

I lost lot of time reviewing program requirement! Donít do that, again I listened to my very good friend god bless him, and applied everywhere in the area of my interest NY, NJ, CT. I do not fulfill all the requirements for any of the programs that I have interviewed! And I only got 2 interviews through contacts, both of which really were backups for Internal Medicine. Yes imagine, I had preliminary surgery and OBGYN as backup to Internal Medicine. I am not on interview right now, justifying to interviewer why I changed my profession form surgery to Medicine.

Personal statement -yes its personal. Expressing feelings can bring you to using complicated sentences, make them easy to read and short. Write it let someone read and make changes someone anyone student any other person has different view. My friends were first ones to read them and American doctors were last ones to help me finalize it. And yes you will start making changes minutes before application time, donít do that. Cause you have to assign each document to each program separately and you donít wanna do that minutes before.

Yes they say it does not matter you apply September 15 at 9 AM or September 16 lunchtime. Programs donít download applications quite later until that week. But why? Be ready and apply September 15.

My Eras had complete shutdown on this September 15 and it was a torture we were killing ourselves. And most of us were able to apply on the second day.
Have support group so you donít freak out when your score is late, when there is some technical thing. On this forum you will get answer on anything, and at any time you will find people being exactly at the point on USMLE road where you are at.

Nobody recommended me to apply without ECFMG, with y lack of contacts, no matter how bad you look among your friends who apply with you have your chances. You are applying to different specialty? Everybody does that? Half of the IMG residents you will meet had some previous life in their country. They were and are like you. Program directors, faculty, Attending, some of them have similar stories, they know what you are going through, so donít try to trick them and make some non-existent, glorious impression, be yourself, be frank, know your limits, acknowledge and thank for the opportunity to be interviewed and prove with your words, manners and actions, that you are a very down to earth person, tough enough to be a caring doctor and a good team member for the program.
You donít know what fellowship you want or you donít want fellowship at all? You will find out during my training! Leave options open, tell them what your interests are. First think what are your interests?
These are very good recent advices by Fischer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF39ZoOZONw
And you can get paid observership in New York at his program MastertheWards.com you can contact Michael Farca for that: MFarca@masterthewards.com
I also know couple more attendings whom you can get pretty good possible experience you can get from observerships. If you are interested I can give contact infos.

So to recap: I got >10 interview in 4 specialties. And yes I would be able and do any of the specialties, but I wanted to do Internal Medicine and most my interviews were Internal Med. I denied Prematch, went to 4-5 programs on second look (I always got encouraged by the programs to do that, otherwise I would not ask myself to do the second look), ranked 11 programs. Matched to my #1 choice.

I owe a lot to this forum since step 2 CK! I did not know about its importance and existence before that. Thatís why I dedicated 2-3 hours to writing this post, I think this is the least I can do, to share my experience.

Only time I did not use or take a look at this forum was during the interview season, when I knew people would be getting tones of interviews and I would have a silent inbox.
Why? I did not need that info at that time, there will always be applicants with much better scores and CVs then you, and there will be someone not as good as you who will still get interviews and you donít.
Donít let that despair you and you should not care, it will only turn your positive energy and attitude into negative one and not help with anything. Donít loose your personality, donít become mean, donít let anything suppress your abilities

You may always get back to that interview thread and take a look once lot of people post their info about where they got interview and you may even find out program that you have not applied to but sent invites to people like you; and what you do of course is apply right away, even that its late, you only loose 25$ and may gain whole your lifetime interview.
And trust me 25$ for me means a lot even now until I start my residency and get my first doctors salary. And yes I have used until last cent all my funds to educate myself! And it worked.

Our parents have not spent thousands of hundreds in our education so donít feel guilty about them helping you get into same position for relatively very small expense, that American Students get with half million loans.
And always always respect their way! It is not an easy one!
I absolutely acknowledge that despite being an immigrant healthcare worker out of nowhere I came here and got into the same paid position as American graduates do! And I respect them! And I am honored to be their colleague!

Here are small list of people who shared their stories and credentials on this years match
Matched IMGs thread 2015

What about upcoming anxiety about IMGs never be able to match again.. Dr. Fischer repeated several times that number of American graduates almost equals the residency positions, so chance for an IMG to match equals to displacing some AMG from the position. I am sure he sais evidence based facts, but it seems little bit unusual that so many IMGs match and displace that many American Graduates??
There are programs that consist of IMGS only! They constitute of them! Americans do not even apply there. I am not sure about statistics but a lot a lot big percentage of American doctors have always been and are IMGs. System needs us, so donít let things disappoint or kill your stimulus in the beginning. If you are looking for a reason not to sit down and study you can always find one! I started with one thing in mind: lets try and do Step1 first than I will worry about next steps. I did panic forward and planned properly and yes I feel blessed and lucky equally.
American Medical School graduates they are cool to have an opportunity of amazing education and we are not less cooler to achieve this on our own. Thatís how it is defined and we enter the same system.

Match is a gamble, so be wise, prepare wisely and be ready to gamble and give your fortune chance to guide your future life. I have never asked God to help me score above 230 or get me an interview. I think thatís offending. But I donít discourage you to pray at all! And Alhamdullilah and InShallah have become my favorite words form forums even though I am an orthodox Christian. And I donít think that this offends my religion or faith.

Canít say that I have not dreamt about this moment after tiring long hours of studies, but right now itís a reality that I was lucky and tough enough to create. Feeling of security thatís what it feels like. And it is even more important than your achievements is what you become while achieving your dreams. So donít lose personality, enrich your experience, refresh everything around you.

Whatever you do brings you to something else, moves you forward, so donít stop moving, doing something and trying to find out what to do! I have Matched, I have two kids and I canít imagine myself doing nothing for next 2-3 months until I start residency. So Iím starting on research project next week.

And again despite that I am not a very big believer in super natural powers moving our lives and making things happen to us instead of us, I still think you should have faith which is defined as: ďmoving in the direction of your dream, without having tangible results in front of youĒ.

Thatís the exact definition of USMLE road.
You start seeming to pass any exam is not possible, than you suddenly turn out to have passed all exams and it still means almost nothing (even though everyone around you believes you are almost there) and whole your life depends on a single interview or two, as much you are fortunate to get. Than you match and it becomes so usual, and you start residency and feel that you are not even on the half the road of this journey and its about finishing residency and going out in real independent life etc.. Its same as about everything in life. So know emotional burden of every step and cope with it!

If someone is reading my post this far: I really canít go over and make corrections in this post, I was very happy with my Match results yesterday! Ran around New York in snow whole day and got sinusitis and head ache My Match is a story of real American dreams and opportunities, my Match is a special one and I would have same results if I applied to that one only single special program! A program, which was clearly meant for me!
But know after having given enough diverse opportunities, I am very aware of where I am going and that it is the best, just best for me!
And that concludes everything I can say about becoming a doctor in US!
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Thank you very much for your entire experience, it was a pleasure reading the entire experience, I'm an IMG and could relate to most part of your story.
Good luck for the future.
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Thanks for a very detailed experience . There is so much info in your post that helps us a lot,even the kind of things we find silly to ask others but always had the doubt.All the best.
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Best guide ever ,i would prefer moderator to stick it here
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Well said my friend!
Very inspiring story!
I think a lot of beginners need some advice and suggestions in the beginning of their journey. Personally I would definitely benefit from your story a couple of years ago!
Congrats to all of us!! We deserved it!
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Congrats ....... After reading your great post feel energetic and proud.
thanks a lot sharing your experience...
Wish you a bright future
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congratulation on your success...wishes for the best for the rest of your career...
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Well said my friend!
Very inspiring story!
I think a lot of beginners need some advice and suggestions in the beginning of their journey. Personally I would definitely benefit from your story a couple of years ago!
Congrats to all of us!! We deserved it!
I agree if I had right people and guidance, if i knew what to do I would have done this lot earlier but would not have done it any better i guess!! Good luck my friend!! We deserved this!
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congratulations. and thank you very much for taking time to write your experience. it helps alot
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Thanks tamta....You are an epitome of courage and determination. Wish you all the best.
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Thanks! Also, you are genuinely good person and really happy for you. Well done!
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UR HAPPINESS IS CONTAGIOUS..i feel great after reading this..
thanks for sharing ur experience..
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Received my Step 3 today!

59% UW random timed. 1,5 times + MTB3 2 maybe 3 times.
UWSA 227

Real score 221. people found this exam very difficult, it felt easier than CK for me. until now I thought i missed a block on next day. I had enough time 3-4 days and nights in between to relax and i was mentally fit so i attribute it to that.

Good luck everyone!!!

Don't let anyone or anything despair you!
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Hey congratulations!
Really happy for you.
I had one question about clinical experience and LORs.
I am an IMG. 2014 March graduate.
STEP 1 score 236.
Taking STEP 2 CK & CS in May and June 2015 respectively.
I don't need visa.
I was planning on getting some Observerships and LORs July-September.
I am talking with some agencies(Americlerkships etc) for Observerships in OBGyn and IM.
Do you think these agencies and LORs are useful?
Or is it pretty much your scores and interview performance which speak out.
I am planning on applying for this coming match.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
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This site is mostly for residents who want to find fellowship spots or who want to transfer to other programs.
But first year spots do pop up too. and I personally Matched to the program which first had vacancy on this site.

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/abou...ellowship.page
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Hey congratulations!
Really happy for you.
I had one question about clinical experience and LORs.
I am an IMG. 2014 March graduate.
STEP 1 score 236.
Taking STEP 2 CK & CS in May and June 2015 respectively.
I don't need visa.
I was planning on getting some Observerships and LORs July-September.
I am talking with some agencies(Americlerkships etc) for Observerships in OBGyn and IM.
Do you think these agencies and LORs are useful?
Or is it pretty much your scores and interview performance which speak out.
I am planning on applying for this coming match.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks!
I have not used service of any agency so I cannot comment on that.
But generally I would not expect any observership to be compared to Clerkship. But you can make most out of everything if you are dedicated.
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Thank you for a wonderful written experience and suggestions, these are GOLD for us IMG, thanks for this selfless help
CONGRATULATIONS, at the end every hard work pays off!!!
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CONGRATULATIONS, at the end every hard work pays off!!!
God bless
Hey thank you, I m glad if something helps.

try this site Monster.com i remember people posting they find research opportunities here.
and generally i get lot of qs about observships research opportunities and you need to get in touch with someone in the lab or in the hospital who can make it work for you. shadowing observing etc.
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27,293 first-year positions were offered in the 2015 Match.
an increase of 615 positions compared to last year

Of the 12,387 IMGs who participated in the 2015 Match, 6,302 (50.9%) matched.
Of the 7,366 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,641 (49.4%) obtained first-year positions.

The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions in 2015 increased for the fourth year in a row, this year by eight.

Of the 5,014 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,660 (53.1%) were matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 62 from last year.

This decrease marks an end to 11 consecutive years which saw increases in the number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions.

So that nobody scares you that IMGs don't match
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and also:

Med Ed News: Record-breaking Match sees higher percentage of unmatched seniors
At the conclusion of the largest Main Residency Match in the history of the National Resident Matching Program last week, about 6.1 percent of U.S. allopathic medical school seniors active in the Match were not placed into first-year residency positions. While the number of matched seniors is the largest ever, the percentage of unmatched seniors is higher this year than in 2014.
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Thank you vey very much is not enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May god bless you

All the best,,,,,

its extremely rare to find some1 giving all those gloden advices !!!!!!

You r one of a kind
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Thank you vey very much is not enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May god bless you

All the best,,,,,

its extremely rare to find some1 giving all those gloden advices !!!!!!

You r one of a kind
When humans overcome challenges its our nature to start feeling different or superior. It happens to everyone. I will never stop reminding myself all the hardships I have been through so i never lose control, excitement and prudence over the things in my life. and being humble is the only way to grow especially in Medicine. and you never stop learning and self educating.. I have just packed my kids and new EKG book and pocket medicine and MKSAP to the library but it turned out to be closed. So I am sitting now in McDonald's play place with 20 kids shouting around me and breaking my mind on EKG technical issues.

I believe everything just starts for me right now. and even though I have climbed the tree to the top Im not scared to help others climb it.

In difference from other countries with enormous number of appicants india, pakistan etc.. lot of people teach each other how to do these things correctly. In my country nobody teaches you the right way to succeed on these exams. We are very small number of applicants yearly. and several applicants who happen to pass exams study for years for Step1 with enormously big textbooks.
I would never be able to take step1 without getting to know my friend who did step 1 with moderate size preparation as I call Kaplans, and some other high yield books.

I am happy that out of all 5-7 first year Georgian applicants 5 have matched. + 1 second year applicant. So 6 out of total 15 applicants from total of two schools of my country. its like 90% first year applicants match and 40% match for my country
I am genuinely very happy!
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here is another thread i started for CK. there is nice collection of different dermatologic pics.

Dermatology Pictures for the CK Exam
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Thank you for the post. Congrats also, you deserve it. I didn't match and I feel like I have hit rock bottom, feels like the toughest period of my life. Please could you be so kind as to assist with Attendings willing to be observed? Or preferably do an externship? Thank you in advance and I wish you all the very best.
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Thank you for the post. Congrats also, you deserve it. I didn't match and I feel like I have hit rock bottom, feels like the toughest period of my life. Please could you be so kind as to assist with Attendings willing to be observed? Or preferably do an externship? Thank you in advance and I wish you all the very best.
one more thing about repeat applicants. the biggest ordeal for me in applying last year was fear of being repeat applicant next year. I had no ECFMG until december, so who would recommend me to apply without it. I Almost backed up from applying but now i have several examples: of matched repeat applicants (without any significant change in their application), applicants interviewed at the same places for the second and even third time (i was told one would automatically get filtered form the programs where one would be interviewed and not matched: NOT TRUE).
The fact that you did not match to the program you interviewed at does not mean they don't like you anymore. Its just that there are too small number of residency spots, and you are not the one that program would not like to have
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Finishing IM residency in home country then coming to US for IM residency ??
Is it a plus ??
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Yes It is!
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around 400 ECG Harvard cases
http://ecg.bidmc.harvard.edu/maven/mavenmain.asp

radiologyassist.com and
http://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/courses/rad/cxr/

How to read CXRs
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This is truly a great experience that you wrote about. I am sure it has helped many persons. Thank you for sharing. As I explained in a PM I am now applying for the 2016 match. Though many programs state that they cannot review individual emails how do I go about writing the programs individually? When do I start doing this? I take CS on Tuesday and should be certified in December. I too have plans to do step 3 before residency. I feel I am in the position you were in last year with similar grades etc. please I need some guidance. Thank you for your time.
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Thank you sir. Made the whole process look positive.
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I am a woman

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