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Hello guys!! You know your stuff because you are in the match season! I'd like to ask for sincere advices.
Do you think that someone with the following credentials could hace chance to match in IM?
Step 1: 210 (1rst attempt)
Step 2 CK: 220 (1rst attempt)
Step 2 CS pass in the first attempt
3 US LORs
2 month-clerkship
YOG: 2012
Applying for next match (2017)

Do you think there is any chance in IM or is better to give up on IM and apply to another one because of the very low chances?

Based on what you know now, if were you?!
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Hi,

Your scores are on the lower side. Most of them have filters for >220. So chances of filtering you out are more. Considering this year season, they were not even looking at the complete application , it's just scores this year due to large pool of applicants.

Try to focus on research in the next 1 year and get some publications. That will increase your chances of getting IV's.

If you are an IMG and need visa, it's very difficult to get into IM from this year. Last year you would have got at least couple of IV's, but this year it;s more competitive and it's only going to get tuf (mostly due to Carribean grads)

Try to do observerships where it's IMG friendly and get contacts..so that scores won't be an issue at all.

At the same time, FM has become even more competitive this year.


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Hi,

Your scores are on the lower side. Most of them have filters for >220. So chances of filtering you out are more. Considering this year season, they were not even looking at the complete application , it's just scores this year due to large pool of applicants.

Try to focus on research in the next 1 year and get some publications. That will increase your chances of getting IV's.

If you are an IMG and need visa, it's very difficult to get into IM from this year. Last year you would have got at least couple of IV's, but this year it;s more competitive and it's only going to get tuf (mostly due to Carribean grads)

Try to do observerships where it's IMG friendly and get contacts..so that scores won't be an issue at all.

At the same time, FM has become even more competitive this year.


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IM has got even more competitive from this year? How so?

I think, PassUSMLEDr you should still work on your entire application. Don't give up hope, the walk up the steps is a hard one. Finish it through. You've got a few months, (not the expert here) try doing some research, or getting some more clinical experience, talk to a few people.

Good luck
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IM has got even more competitive from this year? How so?

I think, PassUSMLEDr you should still work on your entire application. Don't give up hope, the walk up the steps is a hard one. Finish it through. You've got a few months, (not the expert here) try doing some research, or getting some more clinical experience, talk to a few people.

Good luck
It's because of the large number of applicants . These scores would be ok if she has GC or USC...But in case if she needs visa and with step 1 on the lower side, it's very difficult this year and possibly next year as well. I knew couple of them who have same creds, but higher step 2 (250 plus) who didn;t even get a single IV...

I am not trying to ask her to lose hopes, but be prepared mentally if there are few IV's.

Ex : Bronx Lebanon, We know that this is a malignant program...They used to take people with scores less than 210 as well. This year, it's a complete different story...Most of the 240's candidates did take PM offers from BL...That itself explains the competetion...Also some people in 220's didn;t even get an IV...
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Hi!

The chances of matching with these credentials depends on your frame of reference. If you are a juggernaut of optimism, it is possible to match with these scores. If you’re a realist, the road ahead is rough.

Your scores are below the national average, which means that most programs will filter out your application, unless you have a strong connection in the program.

You are applying for the Match of 2017. With 2012 as your YOG, you will be considered an old IMG (>5 yrs). Most programs will filter out your applications.

Your chances of matching also depends on your status? If you are a US citizen, GC holder, you can match with these credentials. If you need visa, your chances are not bright.

As for the domain of IM, it gets more competitive with every passing year. This year, it has been super competitive. Next year, it will be at another level. IM programs receive a large pool of applicants. Understandably, the best of the best make it to the end. I personally know quite a few applicants this year with scores in 250s who are stuck with 1-2 interviews. I do not want to be judgmental but be mentally ready for not receiving your expected number of interviews.

You can strengthen your credentials with some USCE, publications. Do your rotations in IMG friendly hospitals. Needless to say, stand out and make connections. Work hard and good luck!
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I think you've got a shot. Look is it a bit of a longer shot then some others sure. But i know ppl who are recent grads with great scores who got nothing. So there ARE programs that take the WHOLE package as i know plenty who have lower scores but other plus points. So thats the silver lining.
Also it depends on when you grad but if ur applying this sept ie sept 2016, then i believe ur still under 5 years filter and 4 or 5 doesnt make a difference programs either filter at 3 or 5 or 10. and there r many that dont apply those that do are bit more competitive on the whole as well. Again silver linings. IF you look at the ppl whove pre-matched this year in IM there are those from 2008,10 and 11 who would fall in the 4-5+ yog category.


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