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Old 03-22-2016
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Default Advice on pursuing residency in the US

Hello!

Iím a non-US IMG from Pakistan. My credentials are:

Step 1: 227
Step 2 CK: 228
Step 2 CS: Pass
Step 3: 205
All exams passed in first attempt
YOG: 2012
USCE: 2 month observerships at mid-tier universities
Publications: 2 publications. 2 medical blogs. 1 presentation at an international congress. One ongoing research
Home country internship & continuous clinical practice. No gaps in CV
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I applied to 150 IM (Categorical) Programs in Match 2016. I received 2 IVs. One was pre-match (which I was not offered), so I ranked 1 program and ended up not matching. No calls in SOAP.

I am seeking advice on
1) Is it prudent to continue pursuing residency in the US?
2) If I opt to pursue residency and apply again this year, how can I approach the match differently to make my application more competitive & increase my chances of matching?

Thank you! I look forward to your suggestions/advice.
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I'm surprised u only got 2 ivs with
These credentials
Seems like this us residency thing is impossible:| I mean what more can u do
U have usce, u've done step3
What's left?seriously
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May be do another month of usce
3 months is better than 2
Do u have US-based LoRs? This is v important....apply to more programs next year
Not sure what else u can do really....
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I had 3 US based LoRs and 1 from home country which was from the Chairman of Medicine.
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198 views but only 2 suggestions. There are many people who matched and can offers their input. I'm looking forward to their advices.
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We have a blog post full of suggestions for actions you can take to strengthen your application at: http://blog.matcharesident.com/didnt...ld-i-do-now-2/

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I really need a good advice due to my complicated situation.
So here is my story: I graduated medical university in 2006 overseas, in eastern Europe. I was very successful student there, my main interest was surgery. After finishing med school, I decided to practice medicine in US, so got my F1 student visa and arrived in NY. I was very young at that time(23 y/o) and had lack of knowledge of US medical educational system, also my English was not good enough to pass USMLE exams. Consequently, due to a lack of information, I miserably failed my step 1. Than I decided to try USMLE CS in 2011(that was a very wrong decision)and failed it as well. After that, I decided to apply to medical school here. So luckily I got accepted at a very good DO school, in Long Island, NY. I successfully finished first semester, I showed my best in anatomy lab due to my previous experience and did very well on foundation sciences course. I was very happy there thinking that I had guaranteed career in front of me. I did well on neuroscience too, but due to my personal(family) issues I have failed next two courses by 1% each(got 69% and 70% was passing score), and I got dismissed from program with $90000 of student loan, and practically no chance for the admissions anywhere. Dean refused to reinstate me.
So, I decided not to give up and start my USMLE marathon once again. I can get a very good LoRs from my american professors.
I heard that being a US citizen increases your chances for residency match, so I can apply for the citizenship if it's worth it(currently I have a green card).
Do you have any suggestions what should be my next step, considering my financial situation?
Do you think it's worth taking another chance or I should give up and go home?
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I'm surprised u only got 2 ivs with
These credentials
Seems like this us residency thing is impossible:| I mean what more can u do
U have usce, u've done step3
What's left?seriously
I'm not surprised he/she got 2 interviews. I matched, but I had 4 total IVs, and I'm a USIMG w/ a 223 step 1, 245 step 2, and pass on CS. My YOG was 2016. It's getting harder and harder to find programs willing to take IMGs, and OP has below average step scores with NO USCE. Observerships don't mean anything. You don't have clinical responsibilities, so that doesn't help a PD determine if you'll be good at practice in the US (don't take my word for it... look up the Kaplan PD interviews on YouTube). The 3 US based LORS couldn't comment on your patient care skills or teamwork, because you didn't have any clinical responsibilities on the team w/ an observership (unless they let you do stuff, which is outside your scope as an observer).

OP, I think it's still possible to match, but you need real clinical experience in the US. This means externships, which can get expensive. If you have any connections in the US, now is the time to use them.
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Thank you TwoStep for your advice. I cannot change my Step scores though I can get more USCE, which is a difficult task, esp with externships. TwoStep, if you know any place where I get my externship, kindly let me know.
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Thank you TwoStep for your advice. I cannot change my Step scores though I can get more USCE, which is a difficult task, esp with externships. TwoStep, if you know any place where I get my externship, kindly let me know.
I wish I did, man. Sorry

Duke, Emory, and Harvard have some opportunities, but they are VERY expensive and I think they might be electives, not externships.
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