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Hi everyone,

I need your honest opinion. I would like to participate in the 2017 Match and try to be accepted onto a family residency program. I already know it's gonna be very very hard - but would you guys rather say it's gonna be impossible ?

I am a IMG (YOG 2006)
Passed step 1 a few weeks ago / 245 / first attempt
I will take step 2 CK & CS at the end of December 2016
I have done some research back home which lead to 1 published article and 1 presentation at an annual conference.

I do not have any USCE and won't be able to start getting any before the start of 2017. I won't have any LORs from a Dr working in the US. I am getting 2 LORs from Drs back home (who know me well).

> Is there any other kind of LOR that one can provide ? Good character ? Something other than the one you get after USCE ? I would prefer to provide a letter rather than no letter at all.

> I am considering applying for programs that do not request a step 2 score for their interviews (there are a few of them). Do I have a chance to be called for an interview ?

I understand that some of you may laugh reading my message "is this guys crazy" ? But I need to understand what I can do at that point to make my application stronger.

Thank your for your input and good luck to all of you !
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Hi everyone,

I need your honest opinion. I would like to participate in the 2017 Match and try to be accepted onto a family residency program. I already know it's gonna be very very hard - but would you guys rather say it's gonna be impossible ?

I am a IMG (YOG 2006)
Passed step 1 a few weeks ago / 245 / first attempt
I will take step 2 CK & CS at the end of December 2016
I have done some research back home which lead to 1 published article and 1 presentation at an annual conference.

I do not have any USCE and won't be able to start getting any before the start of 2017. I won't have any LORs from a Dr working in the US. I am getting 2 LORs from Drs back home (who know me well).

> Is there any other kind of LOR that one can provide ? Good character ? Something other than the one you get after USCE ? I would prefer to provide a letter rather than no letter at all.

> I am considering applying for programs that do not request a step 2 score for their interviews (there are a few of them). Do I have a chance to be called for an interview ?

I understand that some of you may laugh reading my message "is this guys crazy" ? But I need to understand what I can do at that point to make my application stronger.

Thank your for your input and good luck to all of you !

I can't say I don't agree with you applying for match this round, however beware. What are you looking to match in?

The reason why I say beware is because you have a really nice Step 1 score. I would almost say wait until the 2018 match to apply for match. Let me explain myself:

From now until next year you could concentrate on STEP 2 CK and CS. Study hard and do well on those two tests. So by the time you apply next year you will have all of your scores back.
Also consider research work/observer ship in the US to obtain more LoRs here and more experience in the system. This would add a nice gold star to your application and you would have more to put on your resume/CV. Maybe a case report with residents at a program or other research experiences could also be added. Also maybe consider volunteering in other hospitals or programs (Ex. volunteer in an ED) for added experience.

I just think applying this year may be pre-mature, and if you decided to wait until next year to apply you could have an improved application! Also make sure you are able to discuss what you have been up to since 2006 until your application date. Many programs ask.

Keep up the good work!

I hope that helps,
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If you were a recent graduate then I would say yes go ahead and apply. But since you are not and you don't have USCEs even. Concentrate on your CK and CS and maybe also give Step 3 by next year including getting at least 2 months of USCEs. By next year you will be ready and able to apply even in IM.
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When programs look at your application they see a 2006 graduate with only step 1 score, without any USCE or US lors.

Even though programs say that they don't need step 2 scores, they seldom call IMGs with only step 1 to interviews, when there are tons of IMGs available who are ECFMG certified. I don't mean to discourage you, but I honestly think it is best to apply next year with a complete application.

You have a really good step 1 score, so hopefully you will also do well on your CK, CS and step 3. Get ECFMG certified. Do a few months of USCE and get a few US lors. You will be a strong candidate next year and you could also apply to IM.

You didn't mention your visa status or whether you did a residency at your home country. A GC will help you out a lot. A previous residency will also help.

All the best.
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Thank you so much for your replies you guys are just awesome.

I know that what you say makes total sense. I guess my question is - if I apply in 2017 and do not match, does it make my 2018 application more complicated as I did not match the year before ?

I did a 3 year residency in my home country (2006/2009) and then worked as a PCP. I have Green Card.

All he best for all of you !
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No, it doesn't make your application more complicated (there are thousands of repeat applicants each year). In fact, your application would be more complete and better than the year before. But being a repeat applicant, you would have to explain at your interviews why you couldn't match the previous year.

Your previous residency, continuous GP experience and GC will be a significant advantage.

Save your money for next year.
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