Originally Posted by Saad7
Hi. I am an international medical graduate from Pakistan batch of 2013. I had to come back to Canada for immigration purposes, immediately after completing my medical school and so did not get the chance to complete my internship (house job as they call it) as well.
I wrote all my Canadian exams in 1.5 years while working full time as a Research associate in Neurology and even though knowing that it is really tough to land a residency position here, hoped and applied for 2 years, got some interviews but unfortunately could not match. Last year I wanted to make a plan B so I wrote CK (the closest exam to Canadian ones) and got 225. Not as high as I would have hoped but still, not too bad either I guess.
Now I really want to be eligible for the 2017 cycle. Currently I am preparing for step1 which is turning out to be quite a thing with me working full time but it is what it is and I am sure that getting few more research work through this job will only help me eventually. I plan on writing it in the first week of June. I also have my CS planned for July where I will try and get an observership for atleast 1 US LOR.
I am wondering how far can I delay my step 1 to be able to apply next year, just in case I am not able to prepare for June fully? Currently I am doing FA and Uworld together (done with a read of Kaplan)
Also, does Canadian research experience and LOR's have any significance in US? I am looking for Internal Medicine and Neurology (better chances since I have research experience in it)
Your suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks.
Ideally, it would be best if you manage to get US LoRs from observerships or research. But a lot of places consider Canadian experience as well. So that would certainly be helpful.
If you can't make it for this match, you can delay step 1 as long as you feel comfortable doing as the results just take 3-4 weeks unlike CS. Give the practice tests are you prepare to see how you are doing and go from there. IM and neurology are relatively IMG friendly but they are still not easy to get into unless you get above average scores. Good luck