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Hello fellow members of the forum,

I have been a member of this forum for the last 2 years and you guys have provided very valuable information in the residency match process and I thought it would be good karma to share my experiences with you.

I promised myself that I would not disappear from the forums like many do after matching So to keep good on my promise to myself I will share what I think is an immense amount of valuable information on the entire process with you.

I was a 5+ year old grad in last years match, with only 1 month of USCE, scored mid 250s on Step 1, mid 260s on Step 2, Non-Caribbean IMG. I was lucky to match at my dream program last year.

When I started this long and arduous journey last year there was no single organized and detailed source of information for the entire process. I had to gather information for individual posts on this forum, the other USMLE forum, and Google.

So I created for you guys a blog with information on what and how to study for Step 1 to how to travel affordably to how to make your rank order list
Here are some blog posts, please check it out! And if you have any questions please comment on the blog and I will answer you there!

My Introduction and Stats:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/my-residency-stats/

How I Scored in the mid 250s on Step 1:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/how-i-scored-in-the-mid-250s-on-step-1/

How I Scored in the 260s on Step 2 CK:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...-on-step-2-ck/

How I Passed Step 2CS on First Attempt:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...first-attempt/

How I Scored in the mid 220s on Step 3:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...20s-on-step-3/

How I made my IMG Friendly Residency Program List:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...-program-list/

The Most Underrated Application Factor – Location is Key:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...cation-is-key/

Why Connections Don’t Matter (much):
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...t-matter-much/

Travel Tips for Interview Season:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...erview-season/

How To Make Your Rank Order List
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...erview-season/

How Much are Residents Paid:
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...esidents-paid/

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Thank you for the detailed post. However, I have to disagree with you on the subject of connections. I think connections matter a lot. It is the tried and tested way of obtaining a residency spot. Of course when you have excellent scores (like you do), connections may not need to come into play. I had the chance to speak with two faculty members directly involved in the residency interview process, one assistant and other associate PD; both of them have told me that the whole process is strongly influenced by contacts. They have had tons of recommendations from faculty or family and a vast number of people who otherwise would not have even been called for interviews matched into the program due to connections.
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Thank you for the detailed post. However, I have to disagree with you on the subject of connections. I think connections matter a lot. It is the tried and tested way of obtaining a residency spot. Of course when you have excellent scores (like you do), connections may not need to come into play. I had the chance to speak with two faculty members directly involved in the residency interview process, one assistant and other associate PD; both of them have told me that the whole process is strongly influenced by contacts. They have had tons of recommendations from faculty or family and a vast number of people who otherwise would not have even been called for interviews matched into the program due to connections.
Your welcome Your right, each candidates experience will vary based on their individual profile and which programs/people they interact with. Obviously if you know the PD or Faculty member on a personal level that will carry much more weightage than just knowing a resident there.

I was just basing this on what I saw last year, each program has X numbers of residents each with Y numbers of friends or family members requesting an interview invite. Meaning X * Y favored invites going out generally for each program, eventually with so many favors the playing field is leveled a bit

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thank you for sharing your experience
i am also an old graduate preparing for step 1 at the moment and aiming for internal medicine.can you please suggest what can be done to overcome this red flag of yog?
thank you
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Hey while searching for information about programs in FREIDA and the individual websites, how did you get information about current residents you mentioned in your blog. I am in the process of searching the programs I would apply to now and am having a really hard time doing that. Especially because not a lot of community based or community based university affiliated hospitals provide information about current residents or fellowship placements on their website or FREIDA. Did you contact each program individually for the info? (I tried doing that, not a lot of programs seem to reply. Even if they do, its an automated message that never answers the questions I had)
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Hey while searching for information about programs in FREIDA and the individual websites, how did you get information about current residents you mentioned in your blog. I am in the process of searching the programs I would apply to now and am having a really hard time doing that. Especially because not a lot of community based or community based university affiliated hospitals provide information about current residents or fellowship placements on their website or FREIDA. Did you contact each program individually for the info? (I tried doing that, not a lot of programs seem to reply. Even if they do, its an automated message that never answers the questions I had)
You have to use multiple data sources such as Doximity, Freida, and the program website. Also there are spreadsheets online from last year showing interviewee stats and the list of programs that invited them.

Its a very tedious task but I recommend it be done, it'll help you target your applications to the right programs, otherwise its like hitting a target in the dark not to mention the colossal waste of money in the form of application fees

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**Here are some new posts**

Illegal Questions during Residency Interviews
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...ng-interviews/

Interview Opportunities at Newly Accredited Programs
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...ency-programs/

What To Do After Applying to Residency Programs?
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...ency-programs/
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Thank you! This is very helpful. You're scaring me a bit w/ this whole non-Carribean IMG being the bottom of the barrel, or so to speak. But I guess this just means I have to score higher and work harder on getting the correct USCE and exposure.
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Thank you! This is very helpful. You're scaring me a bit w/ this whole non-Carribean IMG being the bottom of the barrel, or so to speak. But I guess this just means I have to score higher and work harder on getting the correct USCE and exposure.
Don't be scared! Plenty of Non-Caribbean IMGs matched last year. The data suggests Non-Caribbean IMGs do well matching to Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Pediatrics. Family Medicine has become alot tougher now

Here is an extensive post on data trends in Family Medicine programs and the most IMG Friendly states
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...cine-programs/

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Thank you so much for such great information.

I'm an old graduate +5 psot grad , it was helpful to read your experience , i'm studying for step 1 now ..

there is still hope for old graduates
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Don't be scared! Plenty of Non-Caribbean IMGs matched last year. The data suggests Non-Caribbean IMGs do well matching to Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Pediatrics. Family Medicine has become alot tougher now

Here is an extensive post on data trends in Family Medicine programs and the most IMG Friendly states
http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...cine-programs/
Why's Family Medicine tougher to match into now? I thought that was the least-desired or easiest residency to get into?
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Why's Family Medicine tougher to match into now? I thought that was the least-desired or easiest residency to get into?
Most Family Medicine programs prefer recent grads and US clinical experience (many don't consider externships or observerships to satisfy this requirement). For this reason Caribbeans/DOs generally fit their criteria better.

I visited the 500 or so family medicine websites and noticed this trend when I compiled program criteria for creating my own residency application list last year. The results of last years match for Non-Caribbean IMGs in family medicine programs further proved this point.

Compare the drastic difference between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine
Family Medicine: http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/data-trends-img-friendly-family-medicine-programs/
vs Internal Medicine: http://www.blog.myresidencylist.com/...cine-programs/

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i saw your blog but could not find which program u matched in.
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i saw your blog but could not find which program u matched in.
Won't say. Any questions about the process?

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Thank you! This is super helpful. With Step 1 of 217 and Step 2 of 245, should I eliminate programs requesting Step 1 of 230? Or my Step 2 might "save me"?
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