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Old 08-04-2015
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Default How many programs to apply? Pediatrics Residency 2016 Match

Hi everyone,

I am a fresh graduate from India (May 2015)
Step 1 score 247
Step 2 score 259
Step 2 CS Passed in the first attempt
Total of 2 months of Pediatric clinical electives in top hospitals
Currently working as a research volunteer (Basic Science Research)
No publications
Needs visa

I am applying for Pediatrics Residency this year.
I still am not sure of how many programs to apply to. Could any of you help me on this?

Also, what are the chances of getting in to a good university program, considering I do not have much of Clinical Research experience and need a visa?
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The general run down is as follows:

Pros- Superior USMLE scores, no attempts, recent graduate and some USCE
Cons- only 1 LoR, no publications, and needing a visa

As a recent graduate with high USMLE scores, you will get your foot in the door more easily than other applicants. However, even with the advantages you have, you will still need to work hard to make sure none of the rest of your application knocks you out of the running. Strengthen your application with as many recent, USCE based and specialty specific LoRs as you can. Have a specialty specific Personal Statement per specialty and make sure your MyERAS Application is complete and error free.

As far as how many programs to apply to, the minimum you should consider is 100 to be competitive, but the more the merrier. 100 programs is a little over $2,000 so be prepared for the financial obligation. The unfortunate truth is that only 50% of IMGs get Matched and you will need to spread your net as far as you can. Also, make sure you qualify for the requirements of the programs you are applying for. Since you need a visa, don't apply to programs the don't sponsor visas and so on.

Hope this helps!

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