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Hello,

I am having trouble deciding what is my best next step. I am graduating next year as an IMG (canadian citizen - non-LCME school) and I'm very set on getting into surgery. A little background:

Step 1: 257
Step 2 CK: 254
Step 2 CS : first attempt
Canadian clinical experience and LORs
Need J1 visa

I ended up missing the boat on last year's chance at usce (electives) and have currently no USCE or US LORs . I am applying currently for a month of surgery in the us but that would be in march (and thus too late for this match). Besides that, I will have at least two co-authors on publications by the end of the year (again..) as well as some editorial mentions in a medical journal. I am looking at my options and am deciding whether I should:

A) Apply this year for prelim and categorical and if I get a 1 year prelim spot, reapply for PGY2 or PGY1 with a more well rounded CV (1 month USCE and research will be 100% ready + 1 year prelim USCE)

B) Don't apply this year and try to find more research and other CV polishers to tie me over until the 2015 match

C) Any ideas?

Thanks! I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys think
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Any thoughts at all? I'd really appreciate some insight.

Thanks!!
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If you want to apply this year, you must have at least 3 lors. Even if it's non - usa lors, otherwise you may not have the minimum requirements for the interview. (ecfmg certification, pa, transcripts, mspe and 3 lors)

Your credentials are very solid, I don't think you will have too many problems to be matched, even for surgery. If I were you I would get those 3 lors from anyone and apply early and broadly.
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I have 2 great LORs from surgeons at my home institution and I could get another LOR from a canadian doctor if that would help.
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humm..
but I just realized that you are not ecfmg certified yet..
it might be a problem.
when will you get it?
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humm..
but I just realized that you are not ecfmg certified yet..
it might be a problem.
when will you get it?
I am only verified now, I will receive my Diploma June 13, 2014
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As far as I know you will only be ecfmg verified after your graduation.
I don't think you can participate in this year match.
But wait for other people to reply to this topic, I might be wrong.
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Hello,

I am having trouble deciding what is my best next step. I am graduating next year as an IMG (canadian citizen - non-LCME school) and I'm very set on getting into surgery. A little background:

Step 1: 257
Step 2 CK: 254
Step 2 CS : first attempt
Canadian clinical experience and LORs
Need J1 visa

I ended up missing the boat on last year's chance at usce (electives) and have currently no USCE or US LORs . I am applying currently for a month of surgery in the us but that would be in march (and thus too late for this match). Besides that, I will have at least two co-authors on publications by the end of the year (again..) as well as some editorial mentions in a medical journal. I am looking at my options and am deciding whether I should:

A) Apply this year for prelim and categorical and if I get a 1 year prelim spot, reapply for PGY2 or PGY1 with a more well rounded CV (1 month USCE and research will be 100% ready + 1 year prelim USCE)

B) Don't apply this year and try to find more research and other CV polishers to tie me over until the 2015 match

C) Any ideas?

Thanks! I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys think


you can for sure participate and you have a very high chance.
program know about your type of IMG, do not take a chance of next year apply now.
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Is it worth doing 1 year of prelim? If I don't match into a PGY-2 position, how much would it cost for the final year of a GS program (if I matched into a PGY-1 spot)?
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Is it worth doing 1 year of prelim? If I don't match into a PGY-2 position, how much would it cost for the final year of a GS program (if I matched into a PGY-1 spot)?
they pay you in Residency in this country. Yes apply to Preliminary for sure,
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