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Default How competitive is pathology for IMG?

Hi everyone, I am a IMG student in school preparing for step 1 now. I hope after graduation I can get pathology residency. But I googled a lot ending up finding those who claimed pathology is not that competitive are mostly US med students, who have no problem to match anything they want.

I am so, so anxious, how high the scores should I have to be matched in pathology? And I am in America as in an exchange program now, working on a science project now and will have a small first-author paper out by the end of this year, will this help?

Please help me out...I am so desperate.
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Pathology is actually fairly IMG friendly. During the 2015 Match, there were 568 positions filled, 218 of these were filled by IMGs (38%). If you can get USMLE scores at least above 225, you will be in a very solid place as an applicant.

If possible, it's very important you obtain specialty specific Letters of Recommendation from US clinical experience and craft a specialty specific Personal Statement. Pathology is a specialty that likes to see interest in the specialty and the programs more so than some other specialties.

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Hi, thanks. I am doing some research in America right now and will have a paper published as first author. Also my name will be on several other papers but not first author, will this help? My lab boss will write me a recommendation letter, that I have no doubt and he is famous in his area. But the issue is, this lab is not pathology, so if my papers and my recommend-person are not in pathology area, will they still be helpful for me?
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Hi, thanks. I am doing some research in America right now and will have a paper published as first author. Also my name will be on several other papers but not first author, will this help? My lab boss will write me a recommendation letter, that I have no doubt and he is famous in his area. But the issue is, this lab is not pathology, so if my papers and my recommend-person are not in pathology area, will they still be helpful for me?
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With regards to your research work, anything to keep you relevant in the medical field and to add to your ERAS Common Application is a good thing.

Second, as long as your Letter Writer indicates you would be a good fit for Pathology, it does not matter what his background is.

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Hi there
what are the average scores for usmle step 1+2 , in order to have a high chance of acceptance in pathology residency program
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Pathology is actually fairly IMG friendly. During the 2015 Match, there were 568 positions filled, 218 of these were filled by IMGs (38%). If you can get USMLE scores at least above 225, you will be in a very solid place as an applicant.

If possible, it's very important you obtain specialty specific Letters of Recommendation from US clinical experience and craft a specialty specific Personal Statement. Pathology is a specialty that likes to see interest in the specialty and the programs more so than some other specialties.

-Olivia
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Hi Olivia,
Just wanted to ask you- Is it required for an IMG (who needs visa) to have the background of pathology residency done in their country before applying to Pathology residency in US?
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Just wanted to ask - Is it required for an IMG (who needs visa) to have the background of pathology residency done in their country before applying to Pathology residency in US?
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Just wanted to ask - Is it required for an IMG (who needs visa) to have the background of pathology residency done in their country before applying to Pathology residency in US?
No there is no requirement except from high USMLE scores and much research.
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