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Old 11-26-2015
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I am pretty sure these questions were asked many times and you guys are tired of answering them but please take some time out of your life and help the poor guy who is cornered by bitter reality. For the first time in my life I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT and that is the scariest thing for me because I lost my motivation which has been the main driving force for me many years.

As you can see my credentials are not exceptional but they are not horrible either. I was angry first but not any more as I see people with better credentials who are in my shoes. I got only one IV and have no hope honestly. People keep saying that new invitations might come but I am hopeless there too. So here are the 2 big issues where I need your advice:

1. Lets say I failed this year and went to try applying next year. What should I do to increase my chances. Whatever I choose to do I HAVE to abandon the research that I am doing right now because I need the half of my day to work (cant run away from bills, right?). What experience would be more valuable than research so I make that step and switch from research to that? Observerships I did for 8 months, didnt help obviously.


2. Second situation is that chances of getting residency position are getting so low that applying many years over and over can only afford people that have financial support and can spend all their time for acquiring valuable experiences. In that case what alternative career someone in my position could follow? What opportunities are out there?

Thank you very much for any response. I really appreciate any help. And happy thanksgiving?
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I'm in the same situation my friend, and I think the first best thing we can do to improve our application is taking step 3, and it only takes 1-2 months.
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Hi,
I would like to know as well what's the best way to improve the chances of matching.

Is getting USCE best option? Is research better?

Does it matter if one works with a physician in a private clinic?

How to go about asking hospitals for externships especially when a lot of them don't seem to be offering it or advertising it?

Has anyone taken malpractice insurance? This is a biggie is one asks a hospital for externship as they are rightly concerned about any coverage in case of any lawsuits (actual or perceived threat of it) from patients.

Please do share your thoughts and ideas!

Good luck to all this match season!
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I'm in the same situation my friend, and I think the first best thing we can do to improve our application is taking step 3, and it only takes 1-2 months.

You would think thats the reasonable thing to do but if you read people's stories, having step3 didn't change the situation much. It could make some difference if you need visa. If you dont need visa wont help a lot. And I am kind of hesitant to do it because with work and research I dont have any weekends and I come home by 9pm every day. So tired that trying to pass that serious exam might end badly.
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Hi,
I would like to know as well what's the best way to improve the chances of matching.

Is getting USCE best option? Is research better?

Does it matter if one works with a physician in a private clinic?

How to go about asking hospitals for externships especially when a lot of them don't seem to be offering it or advertising it?

Has anyone taken malpractice insurance? This is a biggie is one asks a hospital for externship as they are rightly concerned about any coverage in case of any lawsuits (actual or perceived threat of it) from patients.



Please do share your thoughts and ideas!

Good luck to all this match season!


You are asking the right questions. USCE is crucial I think. in some states any kind of hands on interaction is prohibited by law even if you have the insurance. So go figure. I get the feeling that IMGs are not welcome any more(((((
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