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Question It worths trying?

Hey all! we are 11 days away from the application season and I have something that I would like to hear opinions about!
I am an IMG, I need I visa, no USCE, I am currently an internal medicine resident in Mexico, step 1 246, step 2 239, CS passed on the first attempt, I havent taken the step 3, I have a LOR from a Physician in the US. What do you think my chances of matching are? I dont want to waste a lot of money in the process and my time for interviews is limeted since I have obligations at the hospital..... what do you guys think? should I apply to the safe 150 programs everyone sugest?
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Unfortunately you need step 3 if you want a program to sponsor your visa. And at least 3 months of USCE is the minimum for most programs. Otherwise your credentials are awesome.

I wondering about one thing. How did u get 3 US LoRs without any USCE?
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I have one letter from this doctor that I met here in my intern year and he works in Houston, that's all.
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I have one letter from this doctor that I met here in my intern year and he works in Houston, that's all.
Ok, i see. So you would probably want to focus on getting more LoRs as well, you need at least 2 from US Physicians. Try completing observerships or volunteering.
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Why not apply? Am I missing something? What's your red flag?
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Unfortunately you need step 3 if you want a program to sponsor your visa. And at least 3 months of USCE is the minimum for most programs. Otherwise your credentials are awesome.

I wondering about one thing. How did u get 3 US LoRs without any USCE?
You mean you need Step 3 for H1B visa, its not required for J-1 Visa.
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I think it is not right that you cannot get visa without step3. I know a lot of people who has successfully matched last year without having step3 and even lower scores?!!
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The red flag is that I keep on hearing that my lack of USCE will represent a major draw back on my application so I don't know weather I should spend my money this year or try to get rotations for next year but you know what they say about next year match and how it might me harder to match in the upcoming years....
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I think the question is , are you going to add something to your CV before the next match ?
If not then you should apply , at least you will have less years since graduation .

but if yes, you will have 2 options , save your money for next match , or apply for good amount of programs and take your chances , but this depends on your where you stand financially also ,Also , I never get to know the "repeat applicant" status does it really appear for the PDs or not , you should ask about that
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The red flag is that I keep on hearing that my lack of USCE will represent a major draw back on my application so I don't know weather I should spend my money this year or try to get rotations for next year but you know what they say about next year match and how it might me harder to match in the upcoming years....
I know two people who matched in small community hospitals with only 1 month of US observership. However, they have step 3. You can try... If you have the money, why not.

Also your 1 US LOR describes your performance in your own country, not your performance in the US. A guy who works at a dean's office in a univ-hosp told me that PDs need to know that you can work effectively and assimilate in the US. They usually see that in LORs, that's why it is important to have them from a physician you worked under in the US.
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I think the question is , are you going to add something to your CV before the next match ?
If not then you should apply , at least you will have less years since graduation .

but if yes, you will have 2 options , save your money for next match , or apply for good amount of programs and take your chances , but this depends on your where you stand financially also ,Also , I never get to know the "repeat applicant" status does it really appear for the PDs or not , you should ask about that
Yes, the "repeat applicant" does show up for the PDs. But it might not be for bad purposes, maybe they will compare you with your previous year and see if you have made progress. I don't think these are the things you should really worry about.
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