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hi guys. I'm an old IMG. graduated 2004. ECFMG certified in 2009. I have never applied for the match, but I plan do so next year. My scores from my previous steps are just exactly passing marks, but I have never failed any step. I asked ECFMG if I can retake any step, but they don't allow it.

My question is... given that the 3-digit passing scores have changed over time, will my score be considered as a failing mark by the PD's? If there are any PD's out there or anyone...please share your thoughts. Thanks.

Despite my scores....I'm still willing to apply for the match next year...I'll never know my fate unless I try. I hope I do much much better with step 3.

Good luck to everyone applying for the match!
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no, your score passed so its still valid as of today. unfortunately, score requirements & mean scores of those who match are going up yearly. if you have the 2 scores & CS, why not apply this year.

there's no harm in trying, dont lose hope. You could still make it.
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Thanks for the reply dr JP Rizal. I will go for the match next year. But I will apply with better things on my hand so I wont waste a lot of money.. I'll apply for the match next year with step 3 and a green card. And hopefully, some observership and externship... I'm still waiting for my GC at the moment, and while I'm at it, I'm completing my MSPE and my wife's and all other credentials here in manila before I leave.

It's a great plan but not easily done. It's a different thing migrating, adjusting, reviewing, taking care of my kid, look for a job and all. I'm still hopeful. I will match in a program soon
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Thanks for the reply dr JP Rizal. I will go for the match next year. But I will apply with better things on my hand so I wont waste a lot of money.. I'll apply for the match next year with step 3 and a green card. And hopefully, some observership and externship... I'm still waiting for my GC at the moment, and while I'm at it, I'm completing my MSPE and my wife's and all other credentials here in manila before I leave.

It's a great plan but not easily done. It's a different thing migrating, adjusting, reviewing, taking care of my kid, look for a job and all. I'm still hopeful. I will match in a program soon
i see. that's a great plan kabayan.
having your residency done, GC & USCE will def give you an edge. don't forget to obtain an LOR from your training officer/dep't head from the specialty you did residency & proof/letter from institutions you did moonlyts or practiced. this would indicate that you have not been out of touch w/ medicine despite being an old grad..
good luck pare.
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I did moonlighting for a very long time. I didn't get any LOR from the previous hospitals I've worked with because there are no legit FM practitioners there since I'm only applying to FM.

Will it be taken against me? Or will the PD's doubt what I write in my CV just in case I didn't ask for any LOR from the recent institutions I've worked with? Since 3 LOR's are needed for the match, my plan is to get/submit 1 from my previous FM professor, 1 from a US observership, and another from a US externship?

Should I still get one from my moonlighting stint? I did plan that before, but I was really busy to prepare for an LOR back then. My problem is actually just katamaran. Quezon province is really far just to go back for an LOR. What do you think pare?
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I did moonlighting for a very long time. I didn't get any LOR from the previous hospitals I've worked with because there are no legit FM practitioners there since I'm only applying to FM.

Will it be taken against me? Or will the PD's doubt what I write in my CV just in case I didn't ask for any LOR from the recent institutions I've worked with? Since 3 LOR's are needed for the match, my plan is to get/submit 1 from my previous FM professor, 1 from a US observership, and another from a US externship?

Should I still get one from my moonlighting stint? I did plan that before, but I was really busy to prepare for an LOR back then. My problem is actually just katamaran. Quezon province is really far just to go back for an LOR. What do you think pare?
actually most programs need only 1 LOR from a FM physician, the other 2 or 3 LOR could be from other specialties or MDs practicing primary care. you cud get a lot of that here, if u look for it.
the only reason i advised you to get an LOR/certificate for the moonlyting is to document what you did during your gap since graduation. if it is that hard to get one, at least put names (supervisor/manager) in CV so that they could call to verify.
mention it in CV & elaborate more on your PS about what you did in your gap.
ako din pare. asked for my MSPE 2yrs after.
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