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Old 09-05-2015
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Hi All,
I'm applying mainly for IM this year.
my whole CV is basically for IM.
I'm not a very big fan of FM or Peds but also I'm not a fan of not matching, can't really afford not to match this year, financially, emotionally & physically.
I was advised to apply to FM or Peds to have something to fall back on just in case but there's nothing in my CV that shows that I'm interested nor I have done anything in the US or outside it that is related to them (except for a year of internship in my home country that I rotated in peds for 2 month & different other specialties).
my question is , should I apply to either FM or Peds or it's a waste of money, that I don't really have??
below are my credentials

US-IMG \ 2011 \ 228\ 212 \ Pass \ 1 months externship IM \ 1.5 years clinical research at Harvard in GIT + Shadowing \ 5 Publications & 2 posters \ strong US-LoR from research and 1 from externship.


Thank you all

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Hi All,
I'm applying mainly for IM this year.
my whole CV is basically for IM.
I'm not a very big fan of FM or Peds but also I'm not a fan of not matching, can't really afford not to match this year, financially, emotionally & physically.
I was advised to apply to FM or Peds to have something to fall back on just in case but there's nothing in my CV that shows that I'm interested nor I have done anything in the US or outside it that is related to them (except for a year of internship in my home country that I rotated in peds for 2 month & different other specialties).
my question is , should I apply to either FM or Peds or it's a waste of money, that I don't really have??
below are my credentials

US-IMG \ 2011 \ 228\ 212 \ Pass \ 1 months externship IM \ 1.5 years clinical research at Harvard in GIT + Shadowing \ 5 Publications & 2 posters \ strong US-LoR from research and 1 from externship.


Thank you all



I'm in a similar situation. I'm applying for IM but will be doing FM as a back up. I think it's really only a waste if you don't have strong applications for peds or FM. You should have at least one LOR and elective in your back up specialties so that it's not blatantly obvious you are using the specialty as a back up. If IM is where your heart is, I would apply to FM instead of peds as your back up. I hear stories about people leaving FM programs for IM programs, haven't heard much of that coming from peds. My situation is different from your's because I wouldn't mind doing FM, I just would prefer IM.
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