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I disagree Should I Apply now or wait for next year?

Hello guys, I'm an IMG graduated in 2010
I need your opinion of my case. What would you do in my shoes?

I want to apply to Diagnostic Radiology, I have a low Step 1 score, and 240 in Step2 CK, I did the Step 2 CS the 4th of June and I'm still waiting for the result. I don't have USCE yet.

My Idea is do one year of research in Radiology but I haven't found any chance to do this yet, I have onserverships in Neuroradiology for next September in Boston and October-November in Atlanta. I'm looking for a third place to do an observership maybe in NYC but If I find a chance to start research I'll take that as my priority.

If I apply next year (match 2015) I will have 3 observerships, 3LORs and hopefullly one year of research (some publications), plus step 3 if I can do it. But it will be 4-5 years of graduation.

I have thought about applying this year this week since I meet some people that will apply, but I will go with my low score in step 1, no research, and 2 LORs (from my upcoming observerships which will be added in October and November and I'm not sure how good they will be)

Would you apply THIS YEAR in my shoes? I'm afraid of getting too old, getting gaps in my CV, and becoming a bad applicant because I graduated in 2010. Please advice.

Thank you in advance. I appreciate your honesty.
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I m afraid diagnostic radiology will be too tough this year. You might wanna apply to other branches. else get a super solid research background for radio. radio is very very very competitive for IMGs
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I m afraid diagnostic radiology will be too tough this year. You might wanna apply to other branches. else get a super solid research background for radio. radio is very very very competitive for IMGs
Thank you, That's what I think, but lately I have thought why not to give it a try? It might be a waste of money tho.
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Thank you, That's what I think, but lately I have thought why not to give it a try? It might be a waste of money tho.
Don't waste money. it's a lot. you won't just waste money but also your time.
which can be utilised doing other important things. apply to IM if you feel confident enough . people do 2-3 yrs of research of radio before they apply ..
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Don't waste money. it's a lot. you won't just waste money but also your time.
which can be utilised doing other important things. apply to IM if you feel confident enough . people do 2-3 yrs of research of radio before they apply ..
Yes you are right. And what about applying for a transitional year?
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even transistional year is tough
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Hello, please I would like to hear some thoughts about my case posted above.

thank you, I appreciate it.
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Score are not impressive, yet you are applying for competitive specialty.
Your chance will increase if you will have good recommendation letters from people known in the radiology field.

I personally think that in order to match to good program one need to have good human complexity. We can not asses this in forum, so people can have amazing scores, but their personality is very difficult and their cultural background to hard to handle for Americans. Programs also look for people who fits and this is something hard to describe.
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Score are not impressive, yet you are applying for competitive specialty.
Your chance will increase if you will have good recommendation letters from people known in the radiology field.

I personally think that in order to match to good program one need to have good human complexity. We can not asses this in forum, so people can have amazing scores, but their personality is very difficult and their cultural background to hard to handle for Americans. Programs also look for people who fits and this is something hard to describe.
That's really honest, and you got a point there.
I hope my personality helps me during my observerships so that I get excellent LORs, and hopefully I will get interviews. The thing is to have clear my goals and work on the application.

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I agree My experience in Radiology

I've been doing research in Diagnostic Radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the last 7 months, and here is my experience from what I've learnt during this time.
- Getting Radiology match was surprisingly fairly easy this year for IMGs, in part because a) Jobs are getting scarce in radio, and b) AMGs preferred primary care specialties like IM and FM this year.
- Consequently, some of my friends who had 10 interviews in IM did not match, while another two of my friends got a fairly easy match in radio.
- One of them did a radiology residency in Egypt, then one month observership somewhere in cleveland, and a few months research with me with a few publications. He had applied to only 30 programs, got 4 interviews and finally matched into one. Scores were in 240s.
- I don't know much about other person, but from what I heard, her profile was very average for an IMG, but even she matched somewhere in midwest.
- And although I am not very sure myself if I want to become a radiologist, most people here are encouraging me to apply, saying that chances are that things might be easier like they were in last match.

Hope that helped a bit.
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I've been doing research in Diagnostic Radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the last 7 months, and here is my experience from what I've learnt during this time.
- Getting Radiology match was surprisingly fairly easy this year for IMGs, in part because a) Jobs are getting scarce in radio, and b) AMGs preferred primary care specialties like IM and FM this year.
- Consequently, some of my friends who had 10 interviews in IM did not match, while another two of my friends got a fairly easy match in radio.
- One of them did a radiology residency in Egypt, then one month observership somewhere in cleveland, and a few months research with me with a few publications. He had applied to only 30 programs, got 4 interviews and finally matched into one. Scores were in 240s.
- I don't know much about other person, but from what I heard, her profile was very average for an IMG, but even she matched somewhere in midwest.
- And although I am not very sure myself if I want to become a radiologist, most people here are encouraging me to apply, saying that chances are that things might be easier like they were in last match.

Hope that helped a bit.
Hey Here,
I know few people in this process and it's good to hear different stories.
I'm working on my application and I will get 4 months of observerships in 3 hospitals (all of them well known), after that I'm hope to find a work in research until next year application.

My concern is because I got a low score in step 1, and that's a pain. My step 2 was 240, but you know step 1 is clue. That's why I want to get research and publications, volunteering, so that I can get strong LORs from big hospitals.

I hope I will get interviews with this plan for 2015 match. Definitely is not a good idea to apply this year in spite you said it has become easier for IMGs, because I don't have research experience yet and my low step 1 score won't get me any interviews. I'll do my best for next year.

Thank you for sharing!
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I've been doing research in Diagnostic Radiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the last 7 months, and here is my experience from what I've learnt during this time.
- Getting Radiology match was surprisingly fairly easy this year for IMGs, in part because a) Jobs are getting scarce in radio, and b) AMGs preferred primary care specialties like IM and FM this year.
- Consequently, some of my friends who had 10 interviews in IM did not match, while another two of my friends got a fairly easy match in radio.
- One of them did a radiology residency in Egypt, then one month observership somewhere in cleveland, and a few months research with me with a few publications. He had applied to only 30 programs, got 4 interviews and finally matched into one. Scores were in 240s.
- I don't know much about other person, but from what I heard, her profile was very average for an IMG, but even she matched somewhere in midwest.
- And although I am not very sure myself if I want to become a radiologist, most people here are encouraging me to apply, saying that chances are that things might be easier like they were in last match.

Hope that helped a bit.
I really like this post of yours. thats exactly what this forum needs at this point..a point of view from a person who knows the exact scenario. whereas most of us are just hitting in the dark.. I really want ppl who are already in the system..or who's friends are done with the process to give us the feedback..!!
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