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Unhappy No USCE, No Pubs, Need Visa, 2014 Grad - Should I even try?

The title says it all - I have been seriously contemplating whether or not spending 2 years on the USMLEs and applying for Internal Medicine Residency is worth the risk given my complete lack of favourable factors

I am mid-way through my Step 1 prep but this crisis/dilemma is taking a toll on the prep. Given that I haven't done any electives in the US, have not participated in any research that lead to a publication AND require a visa, do I stand a chance in the 2017 match?

If I score really well in the steps and do 4-6 months of observerships/externships and obtain US LORs from those, will I be able overcome my shortcomings or would it just be futile given the current match trends? I do hope my worries are just stemming from anxiety but at the same time I need to know the hard facts since I have time & financial constraints.

Any input is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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yes u will be able to...don't lose hope..study hard
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Idea! Yes, you can, if...

Yes, you have a shot, provided you earn good scores on both your USMLE Step exams, and provided you get an externship/observership in the US in the next year/couple of years and earn some good LORs while you're there.

Most IMGs who apply are already graduates, with 2-5 years since graduation (and many have many more years since...), and did not have any USCE during med school.

Thing is, USCE is expensive. You'd need at least 1500-2000$/month, including board and food, not to mention airplane tickets and visa costs. I for one could not afford it, at least during med school, when my Government pays the tuition and I am a stay-at-home student. I plan on emigrating from my country after graduation and working as a resident during the next few years, so I can afford all the costs of USMLE exams and USCE.

Hope this helps!

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you do have a great chance. but 2017 match might not be possible given that you only 11 months to finish all your steps including step3.

Remember Score's are the most imp factors so get as high as you can.
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Thank you so much mim171, VenuSN and usav. Since I do not have much contacts in the US, its hard for me to gauge the actual scenario over there and on this forum I mostly see people with OSCEs and publications or GC holders getting interviews/matched. So I really needed some form of assurance that I still can make it if I can score well in the Steps and you guys provided that. Thank you so very much each of you

And usav, sorry should've been more clear...I plan to apply on Sep '17 so I guess the match year is 2018. Applying by next year/2017 match is impossible since I am yet to actually sit any of the steps!

Thank you all once again
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Just make sure that you apply within 5 years of graduation. It makes a HUGE difference. A 230/240 within 3 years of graduation is much better than a 240/250 and 6 years post graduation. That's what I learned from this year's match
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Help How do I calculate the YOG?

Thank you for that heads-up Volkmann

Just a little question regarding the 'years of graduation' - it is mentioned on my medical diploma that it was issued on August 2015 (after one year of mandatory internship) but it also mentions I passed the MBBS in January 2014 (that's when I sat the exam but the results weren't published till March). So do I calculate my YOG from Jan 2014 or Aug 2015? And up till when - Sept 2017 or start of residency (i.e if I apply for the 2018 match season)?

I would be so grateful for a clarification!
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Thank you for that heads-up Volkmann

Just a little question regarding the 'years of graduation' - it is mentioned on my medical diploma that it was issued on August 2015 (after one year of mandatory internship) but it also mentions I passed the MBBS in January 2014 (that's when I sat the exam but the results weren't published till March). So do I calculate my YOG from Jan 2014 or Aug 2015? And up till when - Sept 2017 or start of residency (i.e if I apply for the 2018 match season)?

I would be so grateful for a clarification!
August 2015 would be your YOG.
Up till they start evaluating your app. If you apply in Sep 2017 for the 2018 Match season then that would be until...Sep 2017. You have to take into consideration that there's a long way from submitting your application till you actually are offered an interview and accepted somewhere, that's why you won't take into consideration the year 2018...
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I had the same problem when I was timing my application. I passed my MBBS in 2010 but finished my internship in 2012. My YOG was still 2010. So I think yours will be 2014 January. As to whether they take the start of the season or the start of residency into consideration, it's unclear. Some programs take the former, some the latter. They may have it on their website. For you to be 100% safe, I think you should apply in September 2017.
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SCORES SCORES SCORES, and dont let anyone else tell you otherwise. I got 2 interview with half my application completed.
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Ur yog will be may 2014..diploma date is convocation day...i am from bangladesh
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Thank you so much Volkmann, VenuSN, mim171 (Apu?) and DRJECKYLL (Your story is an inspiration and I wish you the very best for the match)! All your answers have really helped me a lot and given me a new push to study harder and continue with the journey no matter what!

Thanks once again guys
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