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Old 04-07-2012
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Question Gaps in CV, can I make it?

Dear brothers,
I am in dilemma. I graduated in November 2008 from a private medical college in Pakistan. because of some family issues, I could not continue medical field and involved in business to earn money. then in late 2010, I found it suitable to again enter my field. I started observership (in the form of voluntary work) in a teaching hospital so that i dont get far away my field. I worked there for almost two years and got LOR...last year i started preps of step1 and i m taking the exam in June 2012..hopefully i will apply in 2014 match next year (my YOG will be 4 year and 11 months by then).
I wanna tell you that i have relatives in usa and i have some very good contacts there ..i know that gap in CV will hurt me. please tell me can i get residency in such situation if i get approximately 85 plus marks?? by the way i wish to get a family medicine or internal medicine. moreover i m getting married to an American national girl and so i will have my greencard soon. Keepling in view my whole scenario, please tell me what would be my chances. please be honest and dont keep it in your mind that i will get hurt by your negative comments or realities....i wish to listen mainly from moderators as you guys are real heroes of us.
thanx all

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Gaps in the CV are certainly frowned upon here by PDs but you can ameliorate the problem by covering up for the gaps by saying the you were doing the observerships.

You can also make the gap effects much less by scoring high in all the steps.

Your upcoming Greencard would certainly help in increasing your chances as well.

PDs do understand that many IMGs need to have sometime to settle in USA.

I know many friends who had around 3 years of time in USA before they got into residency, so it's not something unseen, you can do it.

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Is it still a gap if a person has been working for financial reasons?

I don't want to sound whiny, but I do understand that it's a gap from clinical work although not on an actual CV. I've never just sat and did nothing, yet I was working at restaurants and stuff to get by.

Thanks for any input.
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Hey guys! I am currently studying medicine in Italy. I am a US citizen. I left med school for 2 years because of financial reasons during the pre-medical portion of my MD program. My school hasn't been recognized by the Cali board yet but it is not disapproved. I am supposed to graduate in 2017. I will take another year and a half off to complete USMLE steps and to do clinical rotations to obtain LORs. What are my chances of matching into a FM program if I get high USMLE scores and good LORs? Will those gaps affect my chances negatively?
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