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Certificate Academic degrees may help for matching an orthopedic residency?

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I'm international MD with interest in being an orthopedic physician.

my question is what other helpful degrees may I look forward to gain ?

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PhD, Master, PubMed publications, and clinical orthopedics experience; all help in boosting your profile.

But more importantly the following:

US LoRs, and USCE in orthopedics, particularly research experience.
Extremely high USMLE Scores, I'd say over 240 or even over 250 in both the steps.

I have to warn you though, that even after those extreme performances, orthopedic matching is one of the most (if not the most) competitive residencies in USA and it's mostly an AMG club.

Having said, I don't want to tell you that you should forget about it, am just saying that you have to know what battle field you are going into.

Also you might find the orthopedic match tag link at the bottom of this thread helpful.

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Having heard that already about how hard its to gain a position, but i'm willing to do so.

About what you've mentioned, I've already passed a long way in some of it.

Still to have a USCE, but among that i was willing to see what masters and PhD degrees will be helpful for my CV.

I've been looking around but i can't see any lots of masters or PhD directly linked to orthopedic, found one or two but i don't think that they're so deserving the one or two year program.

Any ideas about what masters or PhD programs linked to orthopedic directly ?
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To be honest with you, I don't have much information about what specific masters or PhDs are going to help. But what am thinking is that ANY post-graduate degree in orthopedics would help. The idea is to show them how focused and ambitious you are about it.

Let me tell you a story of one of the people that I know;

There was an IMG, he graduated in the year 1999. He did orthopedic residency in his country and then he moved to USA in 2004. He got very high scores in Step 1 and Step 2 CK (am not sure of the exact scores but they were very high), then he joined as research volunteer in the orthopedic department of UCLA (unpaid). He continued there for three years (2005-2008), doing research and helping the MDs there. Of course, he got LoRs from them and that was counted as USCE.

Then he kept applying every year (2005-2009), he did not get any interview!

In 2009, he went and spoke with the UCLA head of department and asked him "What should I do?", he told him, go and do Marathon! That doctor was crazy about running and sports.

So the dude went and engaged himself in running marathons and got a third position in one of the local events!

In 2010, he applied, the UCLA sent him and interview and he then matched with them!

This is just to give you an idea of how hard it is for IMGs to get into orthopedic surgery.

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