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Old 04-04-2013
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Hey Everybody long time viewer first time poster. I wanted to know if anybody thinks I have a chance at matching into Ortho or Urology? I know they are different, but I really like them both. Just some info about me:

I am and IMG born in the US went to Ross currently in 3rd year.

Step 1 240
Step 2 CK and CS scheduled to take soon

Med school GPA over 3.5

One research project going on in ortho but wont be published by application time since its a 2 year project.
Have 3 LOR from good doctors and I am getting more.

Also what are your thoughts of getting into ER with my stats?

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Check the latest match stats out this year for those specialties; NRMP has them out by now. Ortho, Urology, and EM (a little better than the other two) are pretty bleak for IMGs year after year. I'm sure someone will step in with the "shoot for your dreams" speech, but I prefer to go with statistics.
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EM- get a score similar to step 1 and LORs in the same field you should have a pretty good chance for getting IV's from that point it all comes down to how good you can sell yourself.

Uro- it's an entirely different match with very limited spots, it's very competitive even for AMG's I presume

Ortho- they take the cream of the crop, try to get 250+ score and apply broadly, you should be able l to get interviews but it'll be very tough to match. Your doing research in ortho try to make connections that way. AMGs are preferred in the latter two fields but it doesn't mean you don't have a chance.

The above two ppl are blunt and told you you basically don't stand a chance, I guess I'm that "nonsense" person, but luck plays a huge part in this process as well, so just keep your hopes high but also have a back up plan like IM.
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have u looked at which programs take IMG for Urology or Ortho?
I think if it comes down to it, you need to pick one and work your heart and soul into it. Show sincere dedication.
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Results and Data
2013 Main Residency Match
page 7.

For U.S. citizen students and graduates of international medical schools (“U.S. IMG”), the largest numbers were matched to:
- Internal Medicine (Categorical) (868)
- Family Medicine (690)
- Psychiatry (Categorical) (219)
- Pediatrics (Categorical) (192)
- Medicine-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only) (125)
- Surgery-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only) (109)
- Anesthesiology PGY-1 and PGY-2 (100)

For non-U.S. citizen students and graduates of international medical schools (“Non-U.S. IMG”), the largest numbers were
matched to:
- Internal Medicine (Categorical) (1,708)
- Family Medicine (385)
- Pediatrics (Categorical) (290)
- Surgery-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only) (213)
- Psychiatry (Categorical) (186)
- Neurology PGY-1 and PGY-2 (174)
- Pathology (158)
- Medicine-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only) (121)

Orthopedic Surgery

- Positions Offered: 693
- Number of Applicants: US Seniors- 833 Total- 1,038
(205 IMG/FMG)

-Number of Matches: US Seniors- 636 Total- 692
(56 IMG/FMG)

- 91.8% Filed by US Seniors

NRMP Advanced Data Tables - 2013 main Residency Match

Selection Criteria for Residency: Results of a National Program Directors Survey

"Despite student perceptions that research in medical school is an essential ingredient for a successful application to residency, our findings indicate that research experience ranks low among selection criteria when all specialties are grouped together. The NRMP also found that research experience in medical school did not differ significantly among U.S. seniors who matched in their specialties of choice and those who did not.1 This was consistent across competitive and noncompetitive specialties. It should be noted, however, that in our survey, program directors in particularly competitive specialties (radiation oncology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and dermatology) ranked research experience highly (Table 3). It may be that when all other selection criteria are outstanding among applicants to a particular specialty, research experience or research publications may help discriminate candidates."

Keep in mind that US Medical Graduates average 2 or more years of hands-on clinical experience in primary care and related sub-specialties. In addition, more than ever, foreign and international medical graduates are completing hands-on clinical rotations in the US to prepare and help meet the selection criteria for residency.

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