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I have been on this forum for a long time now ..... learned a lot here so i feel like i owe one back. i hope this helps/ encourages someone out there who may be going through the same process in the future.
firstly here are my stats. i am an IMG from a school in Eastern Europe, but hail from west Africa.

step 1 : 227 1st attempt, CK : 232 1st attempt CS : pass 2nd attempt. step 3 : 197 1st attempt. YOG 2012.

My step 2 CS attempt daunted me for a time being. But i never got discouraged and decided to forge ahead and give myself some credit. had gone too far in this journey to give up. I guess its safe to say pessimism isn't tolerated in this game called The Match . it never came up during any of my interviews so i never had to "answer" for it.

I matched into my specialty of choice (Internal medicine) though i applied to a variety.
at the time of application for the match i had just taken my step 3 exam and the scores weren't out yet. i felt it was very difficult almost thought i would fail.

i began to research programs using match a resident to fit in with my stats especially with my CS fail. i applied to internal, family , and psych.
i already had 6 months of externships under my belt most of them in IM.
out of all these apps i received in total. 4 IM ivs and 1 psych Iv. i was surprised not to have got any family IV because i thought family M was relatively "easier" to crack than IM. i attended all Ivs.

when my step 3 result came out i received 2 ivs so i felt like step 3 may have helped, but that would be hard to decipher

the interview process was very funny TBH i prepared using a partner but after my 1st iv i realized that no prep is needed. you just have to be your self mostly. Questions come in different forms and they are never traditional. But be ready to give an outline of the basics which is already included in your personal statement and CV watch your grammar and composure.

It will also be hard to know exactly how well you are doing on IVs. that's important during ranking. rank programs according to where you want to go and not how well you think you Did or how much of a connection u have with that program. i felt i did really bad on the IV day of the program i ended up matching into. which was a very good program btw. it was the last Iv and i was exhausted. and felt so out of it that day. when i compare to my previous ivs it always seemed like i sucked and then i feel disappointed. imagine my shock when i opened my email to find out that i matched there.

Trying to match is a very stressful experience and the Match itself is very weird. a colleague of mine who had matched previously and is in his PGY2 gave me a statement which at the time was hard to believe. But now i'm going to reiterate it >> There really isn't any formula. Do your best and let your best speak for itself. Above all never give up and Trust God!

Feel free to ask any Questions.
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Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience!
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hi
i did not match this year. my scores have been- step1 241,step2ck 223, cs 1st attempt pass, step3 211, yog 2014. i have got a research opportunity from april onwards. do you think doing a clinical research from april to september is going to help me for this year's match? what do you suggest?
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i did not match this year. my scores have been- step1 241,step2ck 223, cs 1st attempt pass, step3 211, yog 2014. i have got a research opportunity from april onwards. do you think doing a clinical research from april to september is going to help me for this year's match? what do you suggest?
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Ur Credentials are good, dont u have any USCE or did you apply late?
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Research helps only if it gets pulblished. So i hear. I didnt do it so i cant be very certain. Not saying it wont add something valuable to ur cv especially if u were proactive in it. I think doing more observerships/externships with the little time u have will help more. Try doing them in teaching hospitals and get strong unique LORs that will speak to ur abilities. Waive all ur letters.
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i did 3 months of electives. And also i applied on 16th sept but wasnt certified by then.
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Hey,congrats man.
Just for information sake - What is the difference between an elective/observership/clerkship ......and do all these come under USCE(US Clinical EXPERIENCE) or does USCE stand for US clinical EXTERNSHIP?

Do we have to find these from contacts or through companies like imgprep etc?
Does it matter if its hands on or not?
what is the criteria to calling something a clerkship and calling something an observership?
Does the LOR specify which type of USCE we have done or do we mention it somewhere in eras.

Congrats again,and good luck with everything.
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Hey,congrats man.
Just for information sake - What is the difference between an elective/observership/clerkship ......and do all these come under USCE(US Clinical EXPERIENCE) or does USCE stand for US clinical EXTERNSHIP?

Do we have to find these from contacts or through companies like imgprep etc?
Does it matter if its hands on or not?
what is the criteria to calling something a clerkship and calling something an observership?
Does the LOR specify which type of USCE we have done or do we mention it somewhere in eras.

Congrats again,and good luck with everything.
sorry for coming back to this thread late. i'm sure your question has been answered elective/observeership/clerkship are all the same (USCE) but different in some ways. clerkships are rotations done while ure still a student (which is the best case scenario for USCE) i think elective is the same with clerkship but rather extra weeks in a special field which you intend to apply for example as a student i might decide to do an elective in psychiatry because i want to apply for psych when the time comes etc. observership and externship is rotations done after you've graduated (which is the very common case for we IMG's ) and received your diploma the difference btw these two is externships are more hands on but thats for your own personal benefit because there is no law or rule that says extern is better than observer all is the same USCE.

you can find USCE from contacts and from websites as well for me i used medclerkships but i'm not advertising or advocating for them because of how expensive they are. if i had contacts that could link me up i would have used them instead, but i was pressed for time and desperate. anyhow u decide to go about it, just make sure you are doing something clinically related in the US preferably in reputable hospitals..

there is a segment in the ERAS application where you can mention the type of USCE you've done.
LORS vary in description some can be general stating how qualified you are overall as a potential resident for any specialty while some can be specialty specific which in my opinion are the better ones. it will be best to get at least two specialty specific LORS for any specialty u intend to apply, then the rest can be General. try to avoid generic lORS better to even write them yourself if given the opportunity.
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