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Hello all,

Step 1 - 242, Step 2 CK- 228, CS- result pending, YOG-2013, 3 months of observerships including September, 3 US LORs, Step 3 by the end of November, no research/publications. What do you think are my chances in matching into Internal Medicine if i apply this year? And what can i do before September 15th to improve my chances?
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To summarize the information you provided:

Pros- High USMLE scores, LoRs, YOG
Cons- 20 point drop in score, very little US clinical experience, and no research/pubs

While there is nothing particularly wrong with your credentials, you will face a different challenge. Fortunately, you are a recent graduate with relatively good scores. However, this alone will not get you in. Your biggest hindrances lie with your lack of USCE and making yourself stand out as an applicant.

Best way for a more recent graduate to stand out is through your supporting documents. Namely, you want to make sure your Personal Statement paints the picture of an accomplished person who is enthusiastic to keep growing as a doctor. This is a great place to let the program directors see the person you are. You may also want to briefly address what you were doing for the past two years since you donít have any research/publications. Make sure the Personal Statement is specialty specific and follows all of the ERAS formatting rules.

Itís good you already have LoRs from the US, hopefully they are specialty specific to IM. Youíll want you MyERAS Application to be complete with everything you can add (donít ignore the hobbies section!) and error free.

With all of your supporting documents in place, make sure you have a list of programs you qualify for and are prepared to apply to at least 100 programs to be competitive.

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To summarize the information you provided:

Pros- High USMLE scores, LoRs, YOG
Cons- 20 point drop in score, very little US clinical experience, and no research/pubs

While there is nothing particularly wrong with your credentials, you will face a different challenge. Fortunately, you are a recent graduate with relatively good scores. However, this alone will not get you in. Your biggest hindrances lie with your lack of USCE and making yourself stand out as an applicant.

Best way for a more recent graduate to stand out is through your supporting documents. Namely, you want to make sure your Personal Statement paints the picture of an accomplished person who is enthusiastic to keep growing as a doctor. This is a great place to let the program directors see the person you are. You may also want to briefly address what you were doing for the past two years since you donít have any research/publications. Make sure the Personal Statement is specialty specific and follows all of the ERAS formatting rules.

Itís good you already have LoRs from the US, hopefully they are specialty specific to IM. Youíll want you MyERAS Application to be complete with everything you can add (donít ignore the hobbies section!) and error free.

With all of your supporting documents in place, make sure you have a list of programs you qualify for and are prepared to apply to at least 100 programs to be competitive.

-Olivia
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Okay! Thank you so much for your input!!
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Hello! I am a US-IMG. I failed 2 years during Med school. Will this affect negatively my chances of matching even If I get good scores and good LORs?
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Hello! I am a US-IMG. I failed 2 years during Med school. Will this affect negatively my chances of matching even If I get good scores and good LORs?
No it doesn't.
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