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Question 9 months gap in cv due to USMLE prep

Hi .. wat impact does a gap in cv have in getting ivs ?? can someone who had a gap in cv due to usmle prep please share some info.. i have a gap of 6 months as of now.. ck to go.
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Hi .. wat impact does a gap in cv have in getting ivs ?? can someone who had a gap in cv due to usmle prep please share some info.. i have a gap of 6 months as of now.. ck to go.
No issue, do not worr. these days is all about USMLE mark, 9 month gap should be a 240+.

after you finish do some USCE and Volunteering.
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For any and all gaps they want you to fill in what you did
It's best to find a doctor and network to get some clinical exposure. At worst it shows your interest in medicine and willing to stay involved
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No issue, do not worr. these days is all about USMLE mark, 9 month gap should be a 240+.

after you finish do some USCE and Volunteering.
What? Of course there is!

There are people who are juggling clinical work (clerkships/observerships/externships) WHILE preparing for Steps. If you show that you took full9 months for exams, it means you need extended time to prepare for exams. This time wont be available when preparing for in training exams, step 3, and specialty boards during residency. Major red flag.
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What? Of course there is!

There are people who are juggling clinical work (clerkships/observerships/externships) WHILE preparing for Steps. If you show that you took full9 months for exams, it means you need extended time to prepare for exams. This time wont be available when preparing for in training exams, step 3, and specialty boards during residency. Major red flag.
before I start, i hope i understand what gap is, gap is a period of time where you are away from medical school work...

As per conversation with 2 different Program Directors;

Most important factor getting IV/Residency are;

1) USMLE marks 240+
2) USCE during medical school [Carib]
3) Interpersonal skills
4) the rest.

the second PD said;

1) USMLE marks 230+
2) Interview
3) US-LOR
4) the rest.

they both told me , if I want to match next year in any program not just theirs, I should get at least 220 on my Steps.

After telling them about my score and hypothetically of a score of next steps, I was told for sure to apply to their programs, since I would have a solid chance.

I than asked what is used in ranking a candidate higher than the rest.
the answer from both of them was [[[ USMLE score ]]].


I told them about my Gaps in my CV and chances of OLD-IMG, the answer was clear. USMLE score speaks the last.
[[[[[ 1. year rural medicine, 1 year private practice, 1 year USCE ]]]]]

Now if you have gap of 9 month and you score like 210 or you fail , your in big trouble.

this year these two places I spoke to, they ranked everyone with scores of 220+ and they had people with 260+ who did not match. According to one Program director, the lowest USMLE score was 231 who matched and is many years past graduation.


So yeah, Gaps maybe a filter in some places but if you score high on the step
230+ you will get matched.

but again, I have seen people with stellar scores, and YOG of 2012 who did not match.
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before I start, i hope i understand what gap is, gap is a period of time where you are away from medical school work...

As per conversation with 2 different Program Directors;

Most important factor getting IV/Residency are;

1) USMLE marks 240+
2) USCE during medical school [Carib]
3) Interpersonal skills
4) the rest.

the second PD said;

1) USMLE marks 230+
2) Interview
3) US-LOR
4) the rest.

they both told me , if I want to match next year in any program not just theirs, I should get at least 220 on my Steps.

After telling them about my score and hypothetically of a score of next steps, I was told for sure to apply to their programs, since I would have a solid chance.

I than asked what is used in ranking a candidate higher than the rest.
the answer from both of them was [[[ USMLE score ]]].


I told them about my Gaps in my CV and chances of OLD-IMG, the answer was clear. USMLE score speaks the last.
[[[[[ 1. year rural medicine, 1 year private practice, 1 year USCE ]]]]]

Now if you have gap of 9 month and you score like 210 or you fail , your in big trouble.

this year these two places I spoke to, they ranked everyone with scores of 220+ and they had people with 260+ who did not match. According to one Program director, the lowest USMLE score was 231 who matched and is many years past graduation.


So yeah, Gaps maybe a filter in some places but if you score high on the step
230+ you will get matched.

but again, I have seen people with stellar scores, and YOG of 2012 who did not match.
I see why you may hold that point of view. There was a survey (I think a year back) about how USMLE scores are actually gauged in the eyes of PDs. PD's know that IMG's take solid time off to prepare for exams, other candidates (AMG's/Independents etc.) don't have this time, so in the true sense, they said you can't compare a 240 IMG with a 220 AMG. It wouldn't be an apples to apples comparison.
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I see why you may hold that point of view. There was a survey (I think a year back) about how USMLE scores are actually gauged in the eyes of PDs. PD's know that IMG's take solid time off to prepare for exams, other candidates (AMG's/Independents etc.) don't have this time, so in the true sense, they said you can't compare a 240 IMG with a 220 AMG. It wouldn't be an apples to apples comparison.
AMG, CMG , Carib-IMG are different story. totally different story. the places I talked to historically had maybe 1 Carib-IMG a not even 1 AMG/CMG at all in the past 5 even though AMG apply they tend to rank lower and match higher.
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Thank you for your views guys
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they had people with 260+ who did not match.
If this is real, the only explanation that those guys with 260s did not interview there seriously and PDs thought they were not interested. On the other hand, if guys with 260s showed real interest, then PDs would peg to those applicants to just consider their programs!
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Hey guys! I am currently studying medicine in Italy. I am a US citizen. I left med school for 2 years because of financial reasons during the pre-medical portion of my MD program. My school hasn't been recognized by the Cali board yet but it is not disapproved. I am supposed to graduate in 2017. I will take another year and a half off to complete USMLE steps and to do clinical rotations to obtain LORs. What are my chances of matching into a FM program if I get high USMLE scores and good LORs? Will those gaps affect my chances negatively?
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