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Hey guys,

My career aspirations are Cardiology (more specifically, Electrophysiology). First I obviously need to match into Internal Medicine, and my aim would be West coast (first choice - California), Northern East states (preferably NY/NYC), and then maybe places like Chicago.

I was wondering, if I give my credentials, what chances you think I have of matching in these quite competitive places (first choice by far would be California, more specifically north California ie Bay Area/Silicon Valley area but I would obviously not be quite so picky if a decent training program took me).

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Trained at The University of Sheffield, England (English is my first language)
Graduated June 2011
Aim to apply for Internal Medicine Residency in September 2013 to start work in the US in June 2014.

Exams
Step 2 CK (227/99), will be doing Step 2 CS in October (assume I will pass) and Step 1 in May 2013 (aiming for between 220-230 given that I am still working as a doctor full time whilst also studying).
I will also most likely have my full MRCP before starting work in the US, though not before applying through the match.

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1 month Internal Medicine at a community hospital in Michigan, 1 month Cardiology rotation also in Michigan. Good LOR from Cardiologist will not be a problem. The physician I did my IM rotation under is very poor at getting back to emails and therefore may or may not provide an LOR.

Publications
3x poster presentations at national/international meetings (Medical Education)
5x publications in English peer review journals (Atrial Fibrillation with pre-excitation in Emergency Medicine Journal, Review articles on HFPEF/HFNEF and the Apex Beat in British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Case Report of myocardial Tuberculosis (journal yet to be decided, but it is a definite publication) and a review article on GCA in Geriatric Medicine). I will most likely have 1 or 2 more before applying for the match.
1x poster presentation of a Cardiology audit at an international cardiology meeting.

Other skills
I am ALS certified, can do procedures like LPs and chest drains, along with many other clinical skills and have good communication obviously since I can speak English natively.


So, I want to apply to a good program for IM. Not some district hospital that is easier to get into/not very competitive and basically is full of IMGs. I would like to go for a hospital that is linked to a University and that has a decent program. Clearly my USMLE scores are not amazing, since I've been doing them whilst working as a doctor and therefore haven't had the crazy amounts of study time that many other IMGs devote to them. However, I feel I make up for that (in part) with my other achievements, though whether that is enough, I do not know.

So what do you guys think? Can I go to a good program? I'm not talking TOP University, but a decent one with a good reputation and good prospects for applying to the most competitive medical specialty - Cardiology (in a very nice state ie. California where things are even more competitive).

Many thanks for any feedback!
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Hey guys,

My career aspirations are Cardiology (more specifically, Electrophysiology). First I obviously need to match into Internal Medicine, and my aim would be West coast (first choice - California), Northern East states (preferably NY/NYC), and then maybe places like Chicago.

I was wondering, if I give my credentials, what chances you think I have of matching in these quite competitive places (first choice by far would be California, more specifically north California ie Bay Area/Silicon Valley area but I would obviously not be quite so picky if a decent training program took me).

IMG
Trained at The University of Sheffield, England (English is my first language)
Graduated June 2011
Aim to apply for Internal Medicine Residency in September 2013 to start work in the US in June 2014.

Exams
Step 2 CK (227/99), will be doing Step 2 CS in October (assume I will pass) and Step 1 in May 2013 (aiming for between 220-230 given that I am still working as a doctor full time whilst also studying).
I will also most likely have my full MRCP before starting work in the US, though not before applying through the match.

USCE
1 month Internal Medicine at a community hospital in Michigan, 1 month Cardiology rotation also in Michigan. Good LOR from Cardiologist will not be a problem. The physician I did my IM rotation under is very poor at getting back to emails and therefore may or may not provide an LOR.

Publications
3x poster presentations at national/international meetings (Medical Education)
5x publications in English peer review journals (Atrial Fibrillation with pre-excitation in Emergency Medicine Journal, Review articles on HFPEF/HFNEF and the Apex Beat in British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Case Report of myocardial Tuberculosis (journal yet to be decided, but it is a definite publication) and a review article on GCA in Geriatric Medicine). I will most likely have 1 or 2 more before applying for the match.
1x poster presentation of a Cardiology audit at an international cardiology meeting.

Other skills
I am ALS certified, can do procedures like LPs and chest drains, along with many other clinical skills and have good communication obviously since I can speak English natively.


So, I want to apply to a good program for IM. Not some district hospital that is easier to get into/not very competitive and basically is full of IMGs. I would like to go for a hospital that is linked to a University and that has a decent program. Clearly my USMLE scores are not amazing, since I've been doing them whilst working as a doctor and therefore haven't had the crazy amounts of study time that many other IMGs devote to them. However, I feel I make up for that (in part) with my other achievements, though whether that is enough, I do not know.

So what do you guys think? Can I go to a good program? I'm not talking TOP University, but a decent one with a good reputation and good prospects for applying to the most competitive medical specialty - Cardiology (in a very nice state ie. California where things are even more competitive).

Many thanks for any feedback!

excellent chance, better if you have GC, try to get a research position
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Please refer to my post here.
Number of Programs I should Apply to??
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Thanks for feedback.

Why so many programs? Surely with reasonable credentials you would only need to apply for fewer programs?

Also, I was planning on NOT applying to the district/community hospital programs you mentioned in your post, since I want to apply to slightly better hospitals ie. bigger programs associated with, or part of university hospitals so that I am in a more highly regarded IM program to start off with, and therefore have a better chance at doing a Cardiology fellowship either at the same hospital or in another one that will look favourably on my time in a decent IM program.

My eventual goal is to do EP cardiology, in a mid to large centre that does a mid to high volume of procedures (EPS, ablations, pacemakers, ICDs etc) rather than just end up working in a community hospital and basically just doing angiograms and pacemakers, therefore I believe getting into a bigger IM program will help me do just that.
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NY programs for all, trust me this year NY is super
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