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Receiving an invitation for an interview is a very exciting moment, and at the same time very stressful. I know because I have gone through it. One of the MOST important advices someone gave me was: “Be yourself, do not try to play the role of an ideal person because you are going to be in that program for minimum of 3 years.” Therefore, if you act as if you are someone else, the residents and staff of the program are going to notice that. Uniqueness is what is appealing to others.

Being an IMG has a lot of advantages over other applicants. Each of the interviewees has unique skills that can leverage their entry to a hospital. For example, think of what you have done during rotations? Maybe you intubated a patient once. Believe it, there are many of people that have not done it yet. Get ready to show your unique skills and let the people know what you are capable of doing.


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Inspiring advice.

But there's something I don't agree with fullheartedly:

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Being an IMG has a lot of advantages over other applicants. Each of the interviewees has unique skills that can leverage their entry to a hospital.
Yes, most IMGs applying are already residents in their own/other country. But unless they're in specialties that provide hands-on opportunities like the one you just mentioned (i.e., Anesthesiology, EM, maybe IM) and have actually had the opportunity to gain experience in their 1st/2nd year of residency (not all do, and many times it's not their fault, but their supervisors'), I doubt they have some signifcant advantages over the AMGs! On the contrary, there are many disadvantages (like visa status, language fluency) and many PDs are just plain biased.

Still, you did provide some glimmer of hope to us future applicants that fear they won't make it as far as the interview.
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What would you say if you were asked during interview why you went to a medical school abroad?
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What would you say if you were asked during interview why you went to a medical school abroad?
The truth! Always try to be honest with the person you have in front of you. Obviously, you have to tell them how your experience of studying abroad gave you special skills that separates you from the rest of the applicants. Personal experience are a great way to show them great examples.
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Interviewers are either going to have interviewed a lot of IMGs all day or you are among a few that the program interviews all year. Either way, talking about your med school experience in a positive, confident way can be super helpful.
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