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IMG Residency Match Forum International Medical Graduates (IMGs) discussing the residency matching process.


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Shall I go for Matching ? What are My chances

Step 1 197
Step 2 211
Cs 1st attempt
Step 3 No
USCE 2 months
IMG 2004 YOG
PG Psychiatry from India 2007
last year only one IV
7 International Psychiatry Publications

Please tell me what Should I do
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Hey phillybond007, I think that you have changes but you should practice the interview because with just 1 you can impress people in the program. What are you doing right now? May be you can improve your changes doing another rotation/research for contacts to help you in the match.
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Did u get the 1 IV in psych?
If u did then u should brush up your IV skills..
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This is just my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt.

There are a lot of qualified applicants but the competition is fierce.

You could improve your application by adding more recent US clinical rotations/experience/shadowing/working/observorships/etc. This will show your dedication and persistence to obtain residency in the US.

Also research? What have you been doing since graduation? They like to see that on the CV.

You got 1 interview, which is GOOD! That means you have what it takes on paper. But maybe you can do more?

Taking and PASSING step 3 always helps. If you don't pass then it does't help.

Also, maybe your personal statement? I've heard thats what makes or breaks them from giving you an interview sometimes.

Hope this helps! Good luck!
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Also, interviews can make or break you.

Its true when they say you only need ONE interview to match.

In order to get great at interviews you have to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

I also had a few interviews last year but didn't match. So you can bet I'll be asking my friends to help me and critique my interview skills.
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I agree with a lot of things the above post states.

I'm guessing you are looking to match in Psyc?

I would focus on doing observer ship/volunteering in that specialty/area. Also research in that area is very helpful to most programs and of course LoR from physicians in that specialty

Also focusing on Step 3 and getting it out of the way would also be very helpful to have on your CV.

Hope that helps,
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I would consider a few things.

1. Applying outside of Psychiatry including Family Medicine emphasizing your experience with Psychiatry is a strong asset.

2. I would definitely take Step 3 - your Step 1 scores are filtering you out. You need to demonstrate that you can score highly on a Step. A low Step 1 is concerning for many programs.

3. Continue with publications. It's good you have 7 but if you're last publication was many years ago, this is less impactful.

We've helped people match with Step 1 scores below 200. It's hard and an uphill battle. You'll have to be very aggressive in pursuing interviews and developing introductions. It can be done. I think for you nailing Step 3 is the hardest challenge but your publications and background in Psychiatry are great assets.

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