Too late to apply PTAL for 2016 Match?
Hello everyone. This is my first post here.
I am an IMG currently a pathology resident in my home country working full time. I want to do pathology in America and am planning to take part in the 2016 Match and have finished (and passed) Step 1 and Step 2 CS. Will be taking Step 2 CK in July and Step 3 in September, hopefully I can get H1b visa for residency training. Residing in California is my ultimate goal due to personal reasons. Therefore, I am considering residency programs in California on top of applying programs in the other States. I don't have SSN.
My Step scores are low and not competitive. However, I will have very strong LORs. I think I have strong connections too to get me some interviews. I probably will be a pathology Fellow in a British system within this year. My pathology background is kind of strong despite low Step scores. I know only very few institutes in California may offer H1b visa (Cedar Sinai, Loma Linda, maybe UCSF etc) but I still want to give it a try.
Now, it is almost July. Do you think it is too late to apply for PTAL, and should I just give up doing residency in California while striving hard to get into a fellowship program in California later on after finishing residency? Or do you think it is worthwhile to still give it a try?
I will be grateful to hear any input. Thank you.