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Question What are the chances for an IMG to match into Psychiatry?

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In these modern times, how difficult is it to match into psychiatry for a IMG? What are program directors looking for when they call for interviews? Is there a cut off score?

Any information regarding any of these and related stuff will be highly appreciated.
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Someone kindly share their valuable experience in this matter.
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Thank you singular and matched2013 for the comments.

Psych is becoming more competitive. Can anyone verify this please?
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The thing about Psychiatry is that since the scores required are not competitive at all and people tend to apply to it as a backup specialty, Program Directors look for applicants that have a real interest in the field. Things that they use to know that? Experience (Psych-specific USCE, or some experience in country of origin, electives, research, publications), Psych-specific LORs... You get the hang of it. These are not written in stone, but they certainly will put an applicant ahead of those that lack these assets on their CV.
Besides those, another important aspect is being fluent in English. Almost as a native speaker. And it makes sense because it is a specialty where we need to have excellent communicating skills. They want people that know the American culture and that can talk to patients with base and knowledge (not just about the specialty, but also about everyday topics related to their culture.

Is it doable for an IMG? Totally.

Is it getting more competitive? I really don't have the answer for that one. Sabio? We need some enlightenment regarding that.

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Thanks Mitsua for the valuable comment.
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Hello everyone,

In these modern times, how difficult is it to match into psychiatry for a IMG? What are program directors looking for when they call for interviews? Is there a cut off score?

Any information regarding any of these and related stuff will be highly appreciated.
relevant experience is very important for psychiatry. im sure there is a score cut off for big university programs but not so much for other ones. if you show great interest in psychiatry ( by doing clinical electives, research, externships), you will get interviews easily.
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Hello Tammy 13. (As I remember )you are stating this from personal experience right?
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Hello Tammy 13. (As I remember )you are stating this from personal experience right?

I applied to many psych programs (basically all of them that did not have a higher score requirement than mine and those not requiring more than 6 months of USCE), but I did not get a single interview for psychiatry. my electives and LOR were all for internal medicine.
My advice is not to waste money applying for pysch unless you clearly show interest in psych and not just a backup.
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Thank you tammy 13. I wish you all the best on the residency.
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