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it is difficult for me now to do electives so what are the things to be done to raise my matching opportunites after taking usmle step 1 and step 2 as an IMG??
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If you cannot do electives then you can do other forms of USCE (observerships, externships, research), we have a forum dedicated for that here's the link USCE and Clinical Rotations

Also, you should pass all the steps from the first attempt with good scores in Step 1 and Step 2 CK.

Also, your chances get higher if you get good US LoRs.

Also, your chances get higher if you publish research in pub med-published journals.

Also, your chances get higher if you have a carefully designed ERAS application with good personal statement and nice CV.

Also, your chances get higher if you network with US doctors who can get you interview invitations.

Also, your chances get higher if you perform well in the interviews.

Also, your chances get higher the sooner after graduation you apply. Older graduates get less chances.

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Applying for Medical Residency in the US is competitive and at times unpredictable to say the least. Every medical student and graduate is in a different position and therefore best to meet as many of the selection criteria for residency as possible.

Elective rotations in the US may be accessible to you if you are a medical student or recent graduate with approval from your medical school/Dean/governing body to start these rotations. The application process for Elective rotations in the US has certain requirements and steps. If your a US Citizen, US Resident or visa holder the process is much shorter. If you have to apply for a visa the process can take longer.

If you are a medical graduate that has completed all required Internship/Core/ Elective rotations and are looking to obtain hands-on US Clinical Experience? Numerous factors such as USMLE results and immigration status (US Citizen, US Resident or visa holder) will affect the type of clinical rotations you will be able to apply for.

There are numerous things that medical students and graduates can do to raise their "matching opportunities" once they have completed the USMLEs. From our years of experience we have gathered and recommend the following:

- Complete 4-12 individual hands-on clinical rotations in different US cities/states.
- Secure 3-5 LORs and Clinical Evaluations from US Attending Physicians related to hands-on clinical rotations.
- If you qualify for legal employment in the US, obtain a job in the US healthcare field that allows for the practice of "Residency Relevant" clinical skills.
- Professionally revise CV, Personal Statement, and ERAS application.
- Submit complete ERAS Applications on start date. (Typically in September)
- Meet the requirements and apply to two specialties by submitting 150-200 applications per specialty. (300-400 total applications)

The majority of medical graduates that can meet the above criteria average 5-10 residency interviews per year and usually match within their first or second attempt of applying.

Observership, Research or Volunteer clinical rotations are not recommended as they are ranked low among the selection criteria by most residency programs.
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