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hi every one:
am a us citizen IMG, graduated 2005. did step 2 ck 205/84.c2 second attempt and now planning to do step 1 by august. do I have any chance to match in medicine??? I will do my best te earn a 90+ in step 1
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90+ does not exist anymore you know. Even a 260 is an 87 on the 2 digit scale but don't worry because the 2-digit scale rating does not exist anymore.

205 on CK is a bad thing. I have a 204 in step 1 but i improved to a 246 in CK. Generally CK scores are better than step-1 scores. So i guess you need to work hard and get 240+ on step-1 because traditionally step-1 has been "more important" than CK for residency purposes and that is the fact that's worrying me more because i have a very very very bad step-1 score myself.
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Numerous AMGs, FMGs and IMGs match each year with multiple attempts and low USMLE scores.

Keep in mind that USMLEs makeup 30% of your ERAS application while 60% is directly related to hands-on US clinical experience. Your CV, Personal Statement, US Clinical Rotations, Clinical Evaluations, LORs and ERAS Application should highlight all US training and experience.

If you are not working as a physician outside of the US make sure to remain competitive by completing Physician supervised insured hands-on clinical rotations in the US as you prepare for the USMLE exams.

Securing Clinical Evaluations and LORs from US Physicians for hands-on clinical rotations completed and related to the specialty applying to will greatly help.


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Numerous AMGs, FMGs and IMGs match each year with multiple attempts and low USMLE scores.

Keep in mind that USMLEs makeup 30% of your ERAS application while 60% is directly related to hands-on US clinical experience. Your CV, Personal Statement, US Clinical Rotations, Clinical Evaluations, LORs and ERAS Application should highlight all US training and experience.

If you are not working as a physician outside of the US make sure to remain competitive by completing Physician supervised insured hands-on clinical rotations in the US as you prepare for the USMLE exams.

Securing Clinical Evaluations and LORs from US Physicians for hands-on clinical rotations completed and related to the specialty applying to will greatly help.


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Where are you getting these percentages from? USMLE is by far the most important factor. It is what will get you an interview. If you are FMG, then having US experience is paramount.
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USMLEs are extremely important for AMGs and F/IMGs. Hands-on US Clinical Experience is just as important and actually makes up more sections of an applicants ERAS application.

The following link will take you to ERAS 2013 - MyERAS Application Worksheet to help you better understand: https://www.aamc.org/download/139512/data/worksheet.pdf


Each year numerous residency applicants secure multiple interviews and residency with low USMLE scores. One of the most effective ways to makeup for low scores and to distinguish yourself from other applicants is by obtaining hands-on US clinical experience.


There are numerous research articles on the selection criteria for residency that highlight the value of hands-on US clinical experience. Such as:

- Selection Criteria for Residency: Results of a National Program Directors Survey
Marianne Green, MD, Paul Jones, MD, and John X. Thomas, Jr., PhD
https://mail-attachment.googleuserco...yGfaUGMcRw4awM

- Results of the 2010 NRMP Program Director Survey
https://mail-attachment.googleuserco...7wDTf5rhELVHoQ


If you need help developing an effective plan to help you become the most competitive ERAS applicant possible please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Best - Victor
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