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Old 10-19-2012
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Question Worried about matching to IM

Hey all, I'm new to posting on this forum, but I'm a frequent reader and appreciate everyone's input. So here's the deal, I applied to about 70 programs for IM and so far I only have 1 invite.

What is really holding me back and I'm afraid what maybe the nail in the coffin is the fact that I won't have my CS back until December. I get my CK back next week. My school decided to implement a policy only allowing people to apply for Step 2 once you finished IM/Surgery another core and elective, so I got stuck in this pickle. I was only able to apply for my Step 2s late September.

My stats:
US-IMG
Step 1 224
CK Pending
CS pending
4 LORs (3 from medicine and 1 from PD of medicine)
I've done all my rotations in the States including 12 weeks of medicine and a couple medicine electives.

Do I really stand a chance in this match or is it just a pipe dream now? The CS might be the one that ruins my chances completely I'm afraid. I'm noticing that people with much higher scores than I and who have all their exams completed don't have more than 1 or 2 IVs for medicine so far. Any thoughts folks?
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You have 1 IV so make sure you do well on it. Its hard to say how many more IVs you will get since programs are very different as far as giving invites without CS and CK. For us IMGs, you need a complete app which means both CS and CK. Chances are that your app is on the hold pile right now. If you get your score in December, most of the IVs may already be filled (but not all, just most).

Blow them away during the interview that you have and any more you may get. GL.
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Thanks, that's pretty much my thinking as well. It's just so frustrating. :/
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I applied to 150 IM programs and got NO ivs yet! Will have my ck score by nov 15 and my step 1 score isnt that good. So im in da same boat as you.
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