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Question IMG chances at EM residency (after prelim IM?)

Hello all,
I am an IMG from India, and although I know EM (Emergency Medicine) is fairly competitive, I think it is one of the few specialties I feel enthusiastic about.
So can you please look at my brief profile and tell me what would be my best option?

My profile:
Year of Graduation- 2011
Step 1- 242
Step 2 CK- 237
Step 2 CS- pass in 1st attempt
Currently doing MPH
Research- a few publications in Gastro and Radio, none in EM
Observership- 1 month each in Trauma radio and Interventional radio

1) Apply straight away for EM and IM as back up. (No EM experience so chances of getting EM very low)
2) Do prelim IM, and then reapply for EM next year. (Hoping that 1 year of IM will make me a competitive candidate for EM)
3) Do a full IM residency and then apply for EM. (but apparently ACGME funds only one full residency so acquiring funding for the second EM residency will be difficult.)

Thank you for your replies in advance!
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