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I will be applying for the 2013 match. I'm hoping to match into Internal Medicine.

Some info:
- Step 1: 233 (1st attempt)
- Step 2 CS: Pass (1st attempt)
- Step 2 CK: Pending - taking it in a few weeks

- Canadian citizen (born and raised) so I will need US visa sponsorship
- School: St. George's University
- No real research (I did help out a little bit compiling data but I don't believe the research got published), some volunteering

- All my 3rd year core rotations and 4th year elective rotations are in the US and Greenbook.

- LORs: I can get 2-3 strong letters from IM, 1 strong from Surgery, and possibly a strong one from Pediatrics

I'm getting really nervous about the match now that we can purchase our token and begin working on our applications.

I was wondering where I should apply... Is there a list available to which programs offer visa sponsorship? I tried searching of FREIDA with no luck. How many programs is "safe"? I was thinking of applying to Pediatrics and/or Family Medicine as a back up... is it good to do this?

Thank you for any advice!
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