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I am planning to apply to Obstetrics and Gynecology residency this September. I looked on Frieda and saw there are 220 programs (I have excluded California, since I don't have PTAL).

My credentials are:

-Step 1 244; Step 2 CS passed 1 attempt, I am waiting for my results on CK this week; I have a Green Card;

- have a LOR from Plastic Surgery from a Professor in Children's Hospital Boston;

- currently doing research on breast cancer at a US University

My question is if I should apply to all 220 programs and focus my attention only on ObGyn with the risk of not Matching in the end or should I apply to less programs and have a second plan such as General Surgery or Internal Medicine. I don't have any Internal Medicine LOr.

Thank you for the advice!
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Only advice for you, never settle for anything less than your dream if you have good credentials. I believe you have a real shot to get into obgyn.

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Hello!

I am planning to apply to Obstetrics and Gynecology residency this September. I looked on Frieda and saw there are 220 programs (I have excluded California, since I don't have PTAL).

My credentials are:

-Step 1 244; Step 2 CS passed 1 attempt, I am waiting for my results on CK this week; I have a Green Card;

- have a LOR from Plastic Surgery from a Professor in Children's Hospital Boston;

- currently doing research on breast cancer at a US University

My question is if I should apply to all 220 programs and focus my attention only on ObGyn with the risk of not Matching in the end or should I apply to less programs and have a second plan such as General Surgery or Internal Medicine. I don't have any Internal Medicine LOr.

Thank you for the advice!
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Only advice for you, never settle for anything less than your dream if you have good credentials. I believe you have a real shot to get into obgyn.
Thank you Sadde! This means I should go with the first choice right? Anyway, I started calling the programs and realized that many require 1 or 2 years of prior US clinical experience....
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Thank you Sadde! This means I should go with the first choice right? Anyway, I started calling the programs and realized that many require 1 or 2 years of prior US clinical experience....
Not all programs require usce , you need to go through each program one by one.
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