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This is my second time match.

Step1 :236
ck:250
cs: all first attempt

Gc and yog 2014.
had 4 week elective and 9 week research elective.
Had 6 Iv . Didnt match Had applied to 150 IM programs.

Got ecfmg certified in feb 2016 because of degree delay.

can that be the reason I didnt match?

Any thing else I should be doing?

I am currently doing obsie, getting more USCE. Any inputs on step3? i don't need visa so didnt take it.

Any advices highly appreciated.
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Yes that could be one of the reasons, when did you apply?
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Thank you for replying.

I applied on 16th sptember will all the results.

I got my mbbs degree in dec 2015 and my credentials got verified in feb 2016.
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This is my second time match.

Step1 :236
ck:250
cs: all first attempt

Gc and yog 2014.
had 4 week elective and 9 week research elective.
Had 6 Iv . Didnt match Had applied to 150 IM programs.

Got ecfmg certified in feb 2016 because of degree delay.

can that be the reason I didnt match?

Any thing else I should be doing?

I am currently doing obsie, getting more USCE. Any inputs on step3? i don't need visa so didnt take it.

Any advices highly appreciated.
Thanks
I don't think it was because of the delay. You had above average scores and a well rounded application. People have matched with much lower scores (with delayed certification). Since you know the process much better now, I think you should assess yourself regarding your application and performance. did I apply broadly enough, how was my ERAS application and personal statement, how well did I do or not do at interviews? Sure getting step 3 done will help but you have to get an idea about what you may think went wrong the last time.
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I appreciate your help.

Looking back at the IVs i did pretty good. I mean i didnt sound obnoxious or insane. only thing is that i didnt have anything interesting on my CV to talk about. I am a regular nerdy guy
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Any suggestions are highly appreciated...
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“Will I match?”
The "will I match question" is a tough one.

Are You Competitive? USMLE Scores and Beyond.
David and I can be fairly certain without ever reading your personal statement about your chances to match. The data is pretty straightforward. If you answer, YES to the following questions then you stand a great chance to match.

YES = 1 POINT
NO = 0 POINTS

2. Did you score higher than a 217 on USMLE Step 1?
YES = 1 POINT
NO = 0 POINTS

3. Did you score higher than a 224 on USMLE Step 2 CK?
YES = 1 POINT
NO = 0 POINTS

4. Did you graduate from medical school less than 2 years ago?
YES = 1 POINT
NO = 0 POINTS

Here's what your scores mean.

A score of 4 means you have a better than 50% chance to match. If you scored ABOVE 240 on USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK, you SHOULD match. You would be in the top 25% of all IMG candidates. You will also likely have a choice of several programs. If you are in this group, then the interview becomes the single most important way to match at the best program.

A score of 3 means there is still a good chance of matching. However, you have to strengthen your application. If you have a 3, that means about half of the entire applicant pool has better scores than you and no red flags. You may have to do more research, earn a masters or perform a longer observer-ship in order to become more competitive.

A score of 2 means you face a very uphill battle. Your scores and application would put you in the bottom 25% of IMG applicants. There should be something very special in your application that would help you. This includes a first author publication in a major journal or a letter of recommendation from a nationally recognized physician or mentor.

0-1 Points
A score of 1 or less means the chances of you matching are low. The main problem is that program directors are going to be concerned about your ability to practice clinical medicine. The chances are not 0%. Every year, someone matches with these scores and red flags. Every situation is unique. If you graduated medical school many years ago but have been working in clinical medicine ever since in a different country, you would be in a better position than someone who graduated the same year you did but have not spent the time since practicing. We estimate you would be in the bottom 10% of potential candidates. You would need something exceptional in your application to overcome these deficiencies but even then there is no guarantee. We would strongly recommend you consider whether attempting to match in the United States is worthwhile in regards to cost and time if you are in this position.

Not everything is scores. Once you get your interviews, it's about how you're able to communicate and sell yourself. Check out our blog for free tips.
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man, you have a great CV, work in your interview skills. Perhaps doing USCE might help you for connections in a specific program. Be honest to yourself, maybe your letters are not strong. Deep inside you know what went wrong. Identify it and apply next year. I got in a great university program with a similar CV, and now I am going into fellowship this week. So keep working, you can do it.
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@LatinGeorge thanks for the advice. I will have to work on my IV skills but being I don't know where i should improve? I can converse well and i think i sound pleasant too..
Any tips or suggestions ?
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@LatinGeorge thanks for the advice. I will have to work on my IV skills but being I don't know where i should improve? I can converse well and i think i sound pleasant too..
Any tips or suggestions ?
Get some feedback from american friends, do mock interviews. There are courses online and tips online on how to improve your interview skills, so many things, from your body language, to your questions, to your research you made about your interviewer and program... so many things to work on. But make sure you do have good letters, if you have >10 interviews, you have good LORs, but if you don't match with that many interviews, is definitely your interview skills. Best of luck!
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alrighty thanks man.
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Excuse me ,how many IV did you get ?
i hope you will match this year !
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I got 6 IVs..

I don't know what went wrong. Just looking for some good suggestions!!!
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