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Hello Everybody, I want to share with you my credintials to know what are my chance to match this year! Please, I need your help!
Last year I applied for the match (Internal Medicine), I only got 2 IVs and did not match!
-Step1: 237 (1st atempt)
-Step2 CK: 245 (1st attempt)
-Step2 CS: Pass (2nd attempt)
-No Hands-On USCE
-YOG: 2011
-Green Card Holder
-Research Experience at Mayo Clinic, started by the end of June/2013

I believe the reason for not matching is the CS attempt and the lack of USCE. Will research experience make huge difference? And do you know anyone had similar experience and finally matched?

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It is better than nothing, but with your attempt at CS, I think the best option would be a clinical rotation with a lor strongly supporting your clinical skills, communication etc would be more helpful in removing any doubts in the minds of PD's.
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It's clear that the red flag in your app is the CS result. If your goal is just to match, without being picky, then I strongly advice doing 1-3 observerships, one month each, at different programs.
When programs filter you out because of CS result, they do that because they fear that your communication and skills are not good, so I don't think a research would help, but observing at as much places would definitely prove to those programs, at least, that you don't have a language barrier!
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Hello Everybody, I want to share with you my credintials to know what are my chance to match this year! Please, I need your help!
Last year I applied for the match (Internal Medicine), I only got 2 IVs and did not match!
-Step1: 237 (1st atempt)
-Step2 CK: 245 (1st attempt)
-Step2 CS: Pass (2nd attempt)
-No Hands-On USCE
-YOG: 2011
-Green Card Holder
-Research Experience at Mayo Clinic, started by the end of June/2013

I believe the reason for not matching is the CS attempt and the lack of USCE. Will research experience make huge difference? And do you know anyone had similar experience and finally matched?

Thanks
Mayo Clinic is good institution I think if you stay longer, not one month but a year or two, work very hard, publish first author paper in good journal, get great recommendation letter it will helps a lot.

If you really not interested in research and just doing it for carrier, for people there it will be very apparent, especially if you planning to take short cut.
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Thank you so much for your replies.

Actually I have no time for doing observership as the match application date is getting closer. And I tried before, it is really tough to get an observership in a decent program.

And yes I plan to stay in research for a long period of time as I am looking for a fellowship in the future. But this is the best I could get so far.

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Research helps if it has a clinical component and you have an important contribution in it. If you get designation like "Research Assistant" then it is no brainer that you do have an important contribution in it.
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But i think research cannot compensate for the lack of USCE's..if you didn't match last year..i guess i could be because of absolute no USCE...which are a major requirement these days..

I have heard ppl getting matched with CS attempts and with lower scores than urs..but Usce is a must.

try going to some nearby hospital/clinics.. something is better than nothing. u can do observership while doing research
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During your research, you can request and go to ICU rounds with the attending once a week and /or shadow him in the clinic once a week and /or go to weekly conference of the department. In this way you can do observership along with the research. Also, attending will see that you are really interested and will write you a better letter. You can do a lot things during research, write abstract, do poster , case reports and the main research manuscript. Just be smart and don't be too pushy with the attending, they do not like it. Ask them very politely for anything you may want. Even if you get some of the above mentioned opportunities, it may be become a decision making factor in the end.
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