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Default Transition year

What is a transition year before the residency?
How can an IMG get admission into the transition year?

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Transitional Year programs are well rounded 1-year residency programs that allow residents to sample rounds in different specialties to help them make a well informed decision about which specialty to complete training in. Residents are able to participate in both surgical and internal medicine rotations.

Unfortunately, Transitional Year programs are not very IMG friendly. Out of the 796 positions available during the 2015-16 Match, only 75 were filled by IMGs (that's only 9%!)

While you can apply to Transitional Year programs, it may be a better use of your resources to pursue prelim Internal Medicine programs.

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Can you please tell me more about prelim internal medicine program?
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Absolutely! Some medical specialties such as such as General Surgery or Internal Medicine have different program "tracks." Which have different amounts of training.

The three main tracks are:

1. Preliminary - 1 year (not full training, but can be used to apply to advanced programs)

2. Categorical - 3-4 years (Full training for your medical license)

3. Advanced - 2-4 years (Requires a prelim or Transitional year before you can enter, but will complete your training)

Therefore, some Internal Medicine programs offer Preliminary tracks that you can apply to along with their full Categorical positions. Please note, this description is for typical programs, but some programs may differ.

If you have further questions, please feel free to PM me!

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Since I'm new to the USMLE forums, I may not be able to PM anyone!

Thanks for taking time to resolve my queries.

However, I still have thousands of questions one of which is -

What are the requisites or tracks or options for an IMG to pursue residency in surgical fields?
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I will warn you, General Surgery (and all surgical specialties) are highly competitive and have high expectations as well.

Applicants are expected to have USMLE scores that are at minimum 230s, but 240s and above are preferred. Surgical programs also prefer applicants in their 20s due to the physical strain of surgical training. Only 9% of the 1,239 Categorical positions offered last Match were filled by IMGs. 32% of the 843 Preliminary positions offered were filled by IMGs, which is certainly higher but you still need to be pretty outstanding as a candidate to succeed.

If you feel you fit the description, you will still need Letters of Recommendation that are Surgery specific.

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What does it need to be called as "pretty outstanding" apart from high USMLE scores?

Should the LoR be of an American surgeon or the surgeon from any other country is acceptable?

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For your reference, the strongest LoRs are:

1. Specialty specific

2. From US clinical experience

3. Recent (within a year of application)

Therefore, a Surgical LoR from a US Surgeon would be the strongest LoR you could have.

With regards to outstanding, the candidates with the best chances are usually recent graduates with high USMLE scores and a very well put together application with strong documents.

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Thanks for all the help, Olivia!

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