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Congrats to everyone who matched! Our long journey full of numerous challenges and emotional rollercoasters is officially over!!! Lets share our stories here.
My stats are 245/259/229 first attempt CS and YOG 2012. I got only 5 IVs and i had to use contacts to get two of them. It was rough thinking you had good credentials but werent able to fetch many IVs. But thanks to God it all worked out!! People discouraged me telling me visa requiring applicants never match but they were proven wrong. This whole process reaffirmed my belief that anything is possible if you work hard.
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223/245/CS pass all first attempt. USIMG from Carib school w/ YOG 2016, all rotations done in US.

Applied for 135 IM programs. Only got 4 interviews, one was at my "home program" and another was where I had some connections. Found out I matched today! So excited; I can't wait to see where I'll be training!

Good luck to all future applicants. I think the IV must be what allowed me to match. Don't freak out b/c ppl w/ higher scores are getting tons of IVs... just do the best with what you have. If you have 1 IV, make sure you be charming and personable during that IV. If you got an IV, you have the stats to be there... they just need to make sure that you're pleasant to work with.
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249/253/pass/ 2015 grad. 6 months observership. 4 US LOR. Need visa
ECFMG certified only in February 2016

Applied to 150+ programs
25 IV's, went on 17. 1 pre-match offer- declined!

My advise for 2017 match: Step result get u through the first door of many. PD's look on all the file when consider. On most of my IV they commented on how great my LOR were and that my PS was very interesting. So DON'T over look all the points of application.

Apply on time!!!! It DOES matter if you have your CS done!!!!

Good luck for next year Docs!!!!
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my stats are in the description. I got 10 interviews which is not a lot but not too few either. I applied to almost 200 programs. My YOG affected the number of IV's I got to a great extent. I'm so relieved to have matched and have years of hard work pay off. I'll be posting a few thoughts on my matching experience in a separate thread. Congrats everyone who matched and my best wishes to those who didn't. Keep your chin up and keep trying. Hard work eventually pays off.
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Congratulations to everyone!
very useful info for future applicants.
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Credentials in the signature. Got 11 interviews, 1 pre-match offer which I declined. There is no magic formula to getting matched. That being said, competitive scores, meaningful US experience plus US LORS will get you through the door. Once inside, it's all you. The scores don't matter at that time. What you are, who you are matters. You just have to show them you are the same guy in real life as you are on paper, cuz they liked the person on paper and hence you got the interview invite in the first place. It's a gruelling process, extremely frustrating at times. But when you open that email saying " Congratulations! You have matched.", you realize that it was all worth it. Hang in there! Work hard, work smart, plan and execute!

Scores+US experience+US LORs+Personality= Success!
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Congratulations everyone, your postings are very encouraging.
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227/252/1st attempt/210- need visa. YOG-2014 . Had 8 interviews. Applied to 200. 1 month elective, 4 month research, 3 months externship and 4 months observership-9 US LoRs. This was my second match- last year i only had an elective. I knew there was a lot of stuff missing on my profile. I went for meaningful clinical experience, added a couple of publications to my profile.
Starting from the bottom again wasn't easy but it sure was well worth it. I kept my focus on the match and didn't leave any opportunity that came my way.
Work hard, persevere- GOOD LUCK!
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Pakistan Matched alhamdulillah :)

249/245/CS-1st attempt/no STEP 3/YOG-2015/1 publication/2 oral presentations/ 3 month US elective as visiting student/8 US LORs/Matched in IM-2016 ALHAMDULILLAH

Received my ECFMG certification on ROL i.e. 24th February !!
Applied to total 100 programs, 12 IVs (2 through connections). ALHAMDULILLAH this process is over.

Hoping to find out my match place on friday InshaAllah
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Scores: 236/250/1st/230

YOG: 2012

LORS: 2 IM+1 FM + 1 PEDS

IV's: applied to 200+ programs. total 30 IV (24 IM+2 FM+4 PEDs) . Went to 22(20 IM,2 PEDS)

Congrats to all who matched this year.
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This is my second attempt in the match
Last year I received only 3 interviews went to only one secured by connections due to emergency situations.

My credentials are 243/256/CS pass all first attempt, didn't do step 3, YOG 2014 From Egyptian University, need visa
1 month GI elective at University hospital from where I got two waived LORs
during that month I was attached to a faculty in CT surgery with whom I participated in 2 papers. Both were published in peer reviewed Journal, One of them in Pubmed and Poster presented in International meeting. I got another waived LOR from this research experience.
I did a year of EM residency at my home country. The program supervisor who is currently doing postdoc research at Yale gave me my 4th LOR.
This year I applied to 86 Categorical IM programs. Received 6 interviews (5 in the match and 1 outside) attended them all.

On Match 14th at 10:55 I received the wonderful news
I matched
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out of curiosity, how many of you intend to stay in IM? Does anyone want to branch/move into another specialty?
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out of curiosity, how many of you intend to stay in IM? Does anyone want to branch/move into another specialty?
I'm staying all the way. I want to do Cardiology or Oncology, so I'll be trying for a fellowship afterwards.

If I match at my #1 or #3, then I'd consider GI as well, b/c that program has a great track record of GI matches.
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Default Not a rockstar applicant.. redflag on YOG

4 ivs

Redflags: yog 2006, gap in training 3-4years

Positive attributes:
1. Opposite of nerdy, easy to talk to
2. IM certified home country, cardio fellow who quit to migrate to US with family
3. CK of 242 (improved from step1 of 214)
4. Seeme very determined.. one PD mention he was impressed that I took all 3 exams in 6 month span
5. Can carry good conversation, unassuming attitude (addresd flaws in CV indir)
6. Green card.. This is a plus but probably on the bottom in importance
7. Contacted 15+ friends - helped get past filters
8. Had a good life story, abandoned career for family's future in US. PDs were touched.. PDs spend their day hearing peoples stories, your story has to be genuine and delivered to reflect good character... Resilience, sacrifice, good work ethic, love for friends family and career
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my stats are below
applied to 98 progs (4 states-NJ,NY,PA,CT)
7 IVs in total (2 through contacts)
being an old graduate 2008 and transitioning from completely different speciality, it was hard to convince PDs in my true passion for IM (2mos of observership with 3 US LORs in IM helped a lot)

in my opinion IV was the most important part-unfortunately everything at the end goes down to personal like/dislike, even though u might be a great person in life-first impression is what matters the most (so be well prepared for it)
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4 ivs

Redflags: yog 2006, gap in training 3-4years

Positive attributes:
1. Opposite of nerdy, easy to talk to
2. IM certified home country, cardio fellow who quit to migrate to US with family
3. CK of 242 (improved from step1 of 214)
4. Seeme very determined.. one PD mention he was impressed that I took all 3 exams in 6 month span
5. Can carry good conversation, unassuming attitude (addresd flaws in CV indir)
6. Green card.. This is a plus but probably on the bottom in importance
7. Contacted 15+ friends - helped get past filters
8. Had a good life story, abandoned career for family's future in US. PDs were touched.. PDs spend their day hearing peoples stories, your story has to be genuine and delivered to reflect good character... Resilience, sacrifice, good work ethic, love for friends family and career
I think that the "easy to talk to" is huge here. That PD survey mentions that interview day performance is the most important thing they consider when ranking.
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216/241/CS IMG 2012. No publications. One year post graduate intership in Home country. 3 mos observership in a rural community clinic and 3 mos observership in a small rural hospital and 3 months volunteering in a small rural community free clinic. 3 US LORs. Applied to 150+ IM programs. Had 17 interviews mostly from community programs with university affiliation but also had a few from University programs. Matched in IM.

I hear everyone saying observership with a private physician or a small hospital is as good as nil but I made the most out of it and received great LORs. I had PDs tell me how my LORs are great. to future applicants reading this, I say make the most of your situations. Write a great personal statement. Many PDs thought my PS was well-written and it turned out to be a topic of conversation in some interviews. Proof read this and your CV. I believe being a US citizen carried a significant weight too but besides that LORs and PS clinched it for me. So do not turn a blind eye on the significance of PS.

I knew my scores are borderline average so I knew I had to apply broadly. I had friends who had higher scores but applied to limited amount of programs and unfortunately ended up not matching. Do not make the same mistake as no one knows how strong or weak one application really is. Lastly, keep working hard. Keep praying. Believe in yourself. Have faith. Good luck everybody!
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Congrats everyone.. very well done! I'm looking at your scores and I guess they help, but it seems they are only one piece of the puzzle. I got 228 on step1 and got a bit frustrated, thought I should quit. Aim is IM or peds. I think I gotta improve my ck as much as possible and work on getting them LORs.
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Congrats everyone.. very well done! I'm looking at your scores and I guess they help, but it seems they are only one piece of the puzzle. I got 228 on step1 and got a bit frustrated, thought I should quit. Aim is IM or peds. I think I gotta improve my ck as much as possible and work on getting them LORs.

Definitely don't quit!! There are a lot of people who got in 220's this year and matched! As you said aim for a high score in CK and get some USCE and you should be fine. Dont ever give up on your dream.
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Hi everyone.

My 5 cents of statistics for future generations.
This was my first residency match season (hopefully the last one).
YOG 2006 (really old, but I'm proud of it)
No gaps in clinical practice since graduation
Steps: 253/261/pass x 1/237/3 US LORs+1 home LOR
Got 14 IVs, visited 12, matched!!!

P.S. Some dumb asses have told me that with my YOG and years in subspecialty I have little-to-no chances to get even a couple of IVs in decent places. Now I can tell them - YOU... WERE... WRONG! I hope some of you will read this post) Everything's possible, dudes. Don't listen to those losers lurking on forums like this for years and giving "expert" assessments of your performance, being in reality just pathetic con artists.Be bold and confident, diligent and hardworking. And be strong, of course. And in the end it will pay off. I promise)

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My 5 cents of statistics for future generations.
This was my first residency match season (hopefully the last one).
YOG 2006 (really old, but I'm proud of it)
No gaps in clinical practice since graduation
Steps: 253/261/pass x 1/237/3 US LORs+1 home LOR
Got 14 IVs, visited 12, matched!!!

P.S. Some dumb asses have told me that with my YOG and years in subspecialty I have little-to-no chances to get even a couple of IVs in decent places. Now I can tell them - YOU... WERE... WRONG! I hope some of you will read this post) Everything's possible, dudes. Don't listen to those losers lurking on forums like this for years and giving "expert" assessments of your performance, being in reality just pathetic con artists.Be bold and confident, diligent and hardworking. And be strong, of course. And in the end it will pay off. I promise)
Congratulations! You deserve it!

However, I don't agree with you about your assessment of a number of people on this forum. While you are right about some people having negative opinions, you shouldn't quite attack them this way.

The reason such people are giving you their opinion on this forum in the first place is because you probably asked for it.

People on the forum and even attending physicians sometimes take the pessimistic point of view. One cardiac surgeon even told to not bother applying as all American graduates would be filling all positions this year because of the increase in number of U.S. medical schools without an increase in the number of PGY1 positions. One needs to be mature and capable enough to realize what is truly going on. You can't base your future on the opinions of what people say on here. You graduated in 2006 and so i would assume you are a very competent physician and this shouldn't be a big deal.

Congratulations again. I am sure you have gone through a whole lot to match and you finally did.

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I graduated 2005 and did residency afterwards in home country.
Then 5 years clinical research in the US.
Credentials 259/272/CS passed first time. 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 20 of them first author.
5 interviews (only applied to 10 places). 4 interviews were because I got introductions. Matched first time.
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Hi everyone.

My 5 cents of statistics for future generations.
This was my first residency match season (hopefully the last one).
YOG 2006 (really old, but I'm proud of it)
No gaps in clinical practice since graduation
Steps: 253/261/pass x 1/237/3 US LORs+1 home LOR
Got 14 IVs, visited 12, matched!!!

P.S. Some dumb asses have told me that with my YOG and years in subspecialty I have little-to-no chances to get even a couple of IVs in decent places. Now I can tell them - YOU... WERE... WRONG! I hope some of you will read this post) Everything's possible, dudes. Don't listen to those losers lurking on forums like this for years and giving "expert" assessments of your performance, being in reality just pathetic con artists.Be bold and confident, diligent and hardworking. And be strong, of course. And in the end it will pay off. I promise)
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Congrats everyone.. very well done! I'm looking at your scores and I guess they help, but it seems they are only one piece of the puzzle. I got 228 on step1 and got a bit frustrated, thought I should quit. Aim is IM or peds. I think I gotta improve my ck as much as possible and work on getting them LORs.
You beat my step 1 score by 5 points, and I matched. Don't let one thing derail you. I improved by 23 points on CK, so focus on the next step!
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I graduated 2005 and did residency afterwards in home country.
Then 5 years clinical research in the US.
Credentials 259/272/CS passed first time. 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 20 of them first author.
5 interviews (only applied to 10 places). 4 interviews were because I got introductions. Matched first time.
I think we just get filtered out, but is possible.
Why did you apply to only 10 places. With scores like yours and publications to boot you would've received plenty of interviews.
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Matched my first choice Emory Internal Medicine research track!
Wow! Congrats. If you don't mind me asking do u have a PhD? I am really interested in abim research track but I have heard that without PhD or extensive research experience its near impossible to get. Can u please share ur experience /ideas about this?
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Wow! Congrats. If you don't mind me asking do u have a PhD? I am really interested in abim research track but I have heard that without PhD or extensive research experience its near impossible to get. Can u please share ur experience /ideas about this?
Inbox me for specific questions please. I can share my experience with you directly, so as not to give up too much personal info on a public Forum. But to answer your question quickly yes these positions are very competitive as they match you into a residency and a fellowship all in one but not impossible for IMGs if you have a very solid application. For my part I do have a MSc. and PhD from Top three UK institution plus very good USMLE step scores and 3 US LORs from an observership. The rest is God's blessing .
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Why did you apply to only 10 places. With scores like yours and publications to boot you would've received plenty of interviews.
Had to options that looked very probably, so I went a bit specific.
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My 5 cents to the thread.

224/230/cs first attempts 2002! YOG no gaps, attending in cardiology in home country, PhD, 20 pubs - majority in peer-viewed journals of my country, 6 presentations at European Society of Cardiology and American congresses, many presentations in my country. GReen card holder. 3 US LORs from cardiologists, 1 LOR from home country renowned card prof.

Mom of 3,5 years old! Looking very young

Applied to 112 programs (my mistake- apply broader!), 3 IV, matched to a university program, though not a fancy one and was the third in my ROL.

I was told that it would be absolutely impossible with my YOG. Then I was told, that PD don't like seniors and especially those, who had successful carrier in home country, because it will lead to conflicts with less experienced residents of PG2 and 3. I have to admit that it is a serious concern for some programs. And my scores are, of course, are on the lower side.

I continue to think that the whole system is very unfair to seniors, but it is still doable.

Keep trying, keep persisting and trust in your skills. Good luck!
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Congradulation on your match, Could you share which programs you got iv from? I'm also old IMG planning for next year. Thx
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226/242/1st pass/YOG 2012/step3 210/visa needed
received 16 Ivs
and accepted IM prematch at a very good program in new york city

I want to mention something one of my mentors said to me, if you are looking for research experience, more of a academic-scientific career aim for the more academic programs, if you are aiming more hands on, more exposure, more "weird stuff" to see, go for the hospitals were large indigent population are served and aim for the ones acedemic-affiliated so you will have the lectures to keep you grounded as well.
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226/242/1st pass/YOG 2012/step3 210/visa needed
received 16 Ivs
and accepted IM prematch at a very good program in new york city

I want to mention something one of my mentors said to me, if you are looking for research experience, more of a academic-scientific career aim for the more academic programs, if you are aiming more hands on, more exposure, more "weird stuff" to see, go for the hospitals were large indigent population are served and aim for the ones acedemic-affiliated so you will have the lectures to keep you grounded as well.
just my 2 cents for future applicants
Congrats!! So did you have any clinical experience in the US?
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Congrats!! So did you have any clinical experience in the US?
Indeed! forgot to mention that, I shadowed 2 IM doctors (for 6 months), both wrote me really good LORs.
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I tried to open the spreadsheet... But I couldn't ...only could find a link which I cannot open... Can someone provide the latest and last undated link of the matched people.... Better to get a PDF...
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Congrats to you all!
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Indeed! forgot to mention that, I shadowed 2 IM doctors (for 6 months), both wrote me really good LORs.
Hi,

I know that this may not be the appropriate thread to ask, but I'm wondering how to get into rotations in the US if you don't have a visa?

I only have a tourist visa that let me stay a maximum of 6 months per year, time which I have been using to do the exams.

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I am thrilled and matched to my first residency choice; I am a US citizen and will graduate from a very good texas med school. My stats:237/254/CS first attempt pass; I applied to all 9 programs in texas; I got IVS from all nine programs and matched to my top choice for my pathology residency and will sub-specialize in dermatopathology or surgical pathology; the program that I matched to has all the fellowships that I want; God bless everyone and good luck!
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4 ivs

Redflags: yog 2006, gap in training 3-4years

Positive attributes:
1. Opposite of nerdy, easy to talk to
2. IM certified home country, cardio fellow who quit to migrate to US with family
3. CK of 242 (improved from step1 of 214)
4. Seeme very determined.. one PD mention he was impressed that I took all 3 exams in 6 month span
5. Can carry good conversation, unassuming attitude (addresd flaws in CV indir)
6. Green card.. This is a plus but probably on the bottom in importance
7. Contacted 15+ friends - helped get past filters
8. Had a good life story, abandoned career for family's future in US. PDs were touched.. PDs spend their day hearing peoples stories, your story has to be genuine and delivered to reflect good character... Resilience, sacrifice, good work ethic, love for friends family and career


can i get ur email id..need to talk abt iv..thanx
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Hi all! I am preparing for interviews currently. Can anyone share how to prepare for interviews?
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Hi all! I am preparing for interviews currently. Can anyone share how to prepare for interviews?
Residency Interview Tips and tricks resources
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Should I just stop?

IMG, Step 1 = 235??, months before step 2.
I want a university linked program (academic of course)
4 years of research experience with 3 publications.
2 LORs from US doctors. 3 months of hands on clinical experience through my school.
YOG 2014
I see that the mean for IMGs 2016 was 236. Should I focus to get past a 250 in CK? Also step 3? Or just drop my chances?

Congrats to everyone and thanks for the replies.
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Hi everyone.

My 5 cents of statistics for future generations.
This was my first residency match season (hopefully the last one).
YOG 2006 (really old, but I'm proud of it)
No gaps in clinical practice since graduation
Steps: 253/261/pass x 1/237/3 US LORs+1 home LOR
Got 14 IVs, visited 12, matched!!!

P.S. Some dumb asses have told me that with my YOG and years in subspecialty I have little-to-no chances to get even a couple of IVs in decent places. Now I can tell them - YOU... WERE... WRONG! I hope some of you will read this post) Everything's possible, dudes. Don't listen to those losers lurking on forums like this for years and giving "expert" assessments of your performance, being in reality just pathetic con artists.Be bold and confident, diligent and hardworking. And be strong, of course. And in the end it will pay off. I promise)
Congratulations.
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