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Probability Chances of Neuro match?

I'm sorry for putting up another "what my chances are?" post. But I would really like some inputs on genuine chances I have for this year's match. My credentials are as follows:

Step 1 and CK : 250s
Step 2 CS: Pass (first attempt)
USCE: Only 3 months Observership with 2 months in university hospitals in neurology
No research, publications.
Need Visa(J1 or H1B--will give step 3 by Oct)
YOG 2011
Aiming at Neurology
Will have LoRs from US through Observerships.

I know scores are good, but besides these there are nothing impressive in my profile.

Any inputs from people who got recently matched?

Appreciate you help
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I think that your scores on their own are good enough to get you interviews. One thing you have control over is the Personal Statement. Write a great one and get yourself noticed. Then do an outstanding interview. It's as easy as that.

In 2012 about 23% of the PGY-1 Neurology positions were filled by non-US IMG's. I would guess that the non-US IMG match rate was about 50% for those who only ranked Neurology positions. Your scores, I would guess, easily equal the average scores of the 50% who matched.

Anyone with better information, please chime in.


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I think that your scores on their own are good enough to get you interviews. One thing you have control over is the Personal Statement. Write a great one and get yourself noticed. Then do an outstanding interview. It's as easy as that.

In 2012 about 23% of the PGY-1 Neurology positions were filled by non-US IMG's. I would guess that the non-US IMG match rate was about 50% for those who only ranked Neurology positions. Your scores, I would guess, easily equal the average scores of the 50% who matched.

Anyone with better information, please chime in.


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Thanks Ed

Can you draw any inferences based on the figures whether Neurology is tougher or easier than more traditional/safe bets for IMGs, esp IM. Some people have told me Neurology has gotten tougher than IM in recent years and don't know where to look for this answer. Nevertheless, I am applying to Neurology and not able to think whether not having any research/publishing under my belt is going to make my chances dimmer? If anyone who has already been matched in neurology could throw some light on it!!
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Thanks Ed

Can you draw any inferences based on the figures whether Neurology is tougher or easier than more traditional/safe bets for IMGs, esp IM. Some people have told me Neurology has gotten tougher than IM in recent years and don't know where to look for this answer. Nevertheless, I am applying to Neurology and not able to think whether not having any research/publishing under my belt is going to make my chances dimmer? If anyone who has already been matched in neurology could throw some light on it!!

IM has slightly less matching US-seniors that Neurology. About 55% in IM to 60% in Neuro, according to 2012 data.
Average Step 1 matching scores are about the same, maybe a little higher in IM.
Neurology programs look for greater commitment to the field and LOR's carry a greater weight.
Research will help more in Neurology than IM.

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IM has slightly less matching US-seniors that Neurology. About 55% in IM to 60% in Neuro, according to 2012 data.
Average Step 1 matching scores are about the same, maybe a little higher in IM.
Neurology programs look for greater commitment to the field and LOR's carry a greater weight.
Research will help more in Neurology than IM.

Ed
Hi Ed

I was looking at the NRMP stats for 2011. The thing which caught my eye was that there was no difference between matched and unmatched IMGs in term of research experiences and poster/abstract/publications for Neurology. But still everyone says that these things play a big role for nuerology. What do you think about this??
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Hi Ed

I was looking at the NRMP stats for 2011. The thing which caught my eye was that there was no difference between matched and unmatched IMGs in term of research experiences and poster/abstract/publications for Neurology. But still everyone says that these things play a big role for nuerology. What do you think about this??
Looking at the PD Survey for 2010, I see that Research experience and interest in an Academic career carries a bigger weight in Neurology than IM. I would say that the quality of the Research experiences is carefully assessed as is it's relevance to the specialty.

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