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Applying to pathology on sept 15th 2016 for 2017 match
2013 grad IMG previously in north american residency
in clinical program but resigned mid first yr (not in usa)
- resigned cus of problems but mostly because I don't want to do a clinical specialty
Scores 232/231/pass/208 (no fails) have 1 us Lor
From a peds elective I did now updated
Another 1 from home (all strong)
Planning to do observerships in usa for 3-5 months
Assuming I can get an LoR from a pathologist there
And I apply to 150+ programs in Sept
Can I expect any IVs or a chance at matching?
Please advise since I don't know what to do
anymore and feel lost...thanks
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hi all
Applying to pathology on sept 15th 2016 for 2017 match
2013 grad IMG previously in north american residency
in clinical program but resigned mid first yr (not in usa)
- resigned cus of problems but mostly because I don't want to do a clinical specialty
Scores 232/231/pass/208 (no fails) have 1 us Lor
From a peds elective I did now updated
Another 1 from home (all strong)
Planning to do observerships in usa for 3-5 months
Assuming I can get an LoR from a pathologist there
And I apply to 150+ programs in Sept
Can I expect any IVs or a chance at matching?
Please advise since I don't know what to do
anymore and feel lost...thanks

the fact that you resigned might be a red flag, however hundreds of IMGs have done a year or so of residency before going to the US, so it's probably a matter of how you explain it.

Focus your clinical experience in the field you are applying. Scores are good enough to pass you through the filters, then the LORs are important.

Apply widely for sure.

Chances?... never ask that question, super subjective, case by case. Anybody has a chance. You'll know once you apply. Don't be afraid of taking a chance.

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Hi Goodwillhunting,

We just posted an entry on this forum titled "Why Does One Match?" which may inspire your thinking in how to achieve interviews. I agree with LatinGeorge that your scores should be sufficient to clear the filters for a large number of programs. Whether you receive interviews depends to a large extent on how you present yourself in your CV, LOR's, and personal statement. The decision to resign a separate residency after one year can be an interesting story line if framed in the proper context. Two years ago we worked with a resident that dropped out of a program in Southeast Asia because she wanted to switch specialties and practice in the United States. We wrote a compelling personal statement that showed how it first took her experiencing a residency that lacked passion for her to truly discover what field she was meant to serve. She matched and is now in an Internal Medicine program in New York. Your personal statement is a vehicle intended to display the complexity of your story. Please feel free to e-mail us at info@imgangel.com if you wish to discuss further. Best of luck in your journey!

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Honestly I think you have a pretty strong chance, if you do apply to that many programs. Your scores are fairly good (well, aside from the Step 3...).

The only negative things I can see are:
- your YOG, which you cannot change
- the resignation, which you can actually explain in a way that favors the transition to pathology (since you said it was due to not wanting to pursue a clinical residency)
- your lack of relevant US LORs, which you plan to work on -- good

If you can get more US LORs and make sure to explain any gaps in your medical education, I'd say you definitely have a shot. Pathology is pretty IMG-friendly from what I have seen and heard.

Just my two cents.
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Honestly I think you have a pretty strong chance, if you do apply to that many programs. Your scores are fairly good (well, aside from the Step 3...).

The only negative things I can see are:
- your YOG, which you cannot change
- the resignation, which you can actually explain in a way that favors the transition to pathology (since you said it was due to not wanting to pursue a clinical residency)
- your lack of relevant US LORs, which you plan to work on -- good

If you can get more US LORs and make sure to explain any gaps in your medical education, I'd say you definitely have a shot. Pathology is pretty IMG-friendly from what I have seen and heard.

Just my two cents.
Thanks 4 replying...I will be 3 yrs post grad
Is that really a negative thing? I thought 5 yrs
Was the cut off
Also does step 3 score really matter?
I thought aim was to pass it only....😐
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So the only negative thing is the resignation really
if u take away the lack of usce (and lor) which I will
Work on getting...thanks everyone u've given me some
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Forgot to mention that I don't
Have gaps in my cv
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