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Question LORs from home country

YOG 2000
no USCE
Where do I ask for LORs?
From med school, which I left 13 years ago? Or from my job?
I've been a pathologist in my country since 2004 and work in a public hospital.
I know, I know, I need 3 years of USCE, a PhD, and being best buddy with every residency chairman in the US. But I still want to try. Thanks a lot.
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Unless you have maintained a close relationship with your school I don't think a lor from your former professors would help.

About your current hospital. Is it an university or world known hospital?
If yes, I would request a lor from your current boss. If not, I would search for other lors. And don't forget you need 3 lors from us physicians.
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YOG 2000
no USCE
Where do I ask for LORs?
From med school, which I left 13 years ago? Or from my job?
I've been a pathologist in my country since 2004 and work in a public hospital.
I know, I know, I need 3 years of USCE, a PhD, and being best buddy with every residency chairman in the US. But I still want to try. Thanks a lot.
+1 to the previous poster - an awful lot of programs require 3x US LoRs. Some don't, but they aren't common.
Are you wanting to do Pathology?

Why aren't you applying for fellowship? I assume you are board certified if you are a practicing pathologist?
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YOG 2000
no USCE
Where do I ask for LORs?
From med school, which I left 13 years ago? Or from my job?
I've been a pathologist in my country since 2004 and work in a public hospital.
I know, I know, I need 3 years of USCE, a PhD, and being best buddy with every residency chairman in the US. But I still want to try. Thanks a lot.
Get lors from your job. Don't worry mate trust me noone ever bothers to read a recommendation letters. Ask your self, have you ever seen a recommendation letter that said something bad about the applicant? I know I haven't,,, although the majority of applicants I've met in my life were crap.
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Thanks for all your kind and swift responses.
Next time I ask for something, remind me to give all info:
YOG 2000
Step 1 - 234
Step 2CK - 227
Step 2CS - awaiting result, hopefully by the end of October
No USCE, or should I say, US Pathology Laboratory Experience
Yes! I wanna be a practicing pathologist in the US
Practicing pathologist in my country since 2004
Board certified in my country (for bragging rights, is still not required for working here, I mean most medical specialties)
Working in a community hospital since 2004 - too bad politics taint the name of the national health system.

Thanks to your suggestion I started looking into fellowship programs, but after a quick view many of them need US Pathology Residency. Still looking.

I always wanted to do a residency in the US but I didn't have the money, and grew more and more frustrated and lazy over the years. I want to wake up and get in the game again, now that I have the money to try.
I guess I should be happy I was able to go back to all that long-unused knowledge (pharm, therapeutics, etc) and pass the exams while many of my medschool friends failed Step 1.
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Thanks for all your kind and swift responses.
Next time I ask for something, remind me to give all info:
YOG 2000
Step 1 - 234
Step 2CK - 227
Step 2CS - awaiting result, hopefully by the end of October
No USCE, or should I say, US Pathology Laboratory Experience
Yes! I wanna be a practicing pathologist in the US
Practicing pathologist in my country since 2004
Board certified in my country (for bragging rights, is still not required for working here, I mean most medical specialties)
Working in a community hospital since 2004 - too bad politics taint the name of the national health system.

Thanks to your suggestion I started looking into fellowship programs, but after a quick view many of them need US Pathology Residency. Still looking.

I always wanted to do a residency in the US but I didn't have the money, and grew more and more frustrated and lazy over the years. I want to wake up and get in the game again, now that I have the money to try.
I guess I should be happy I was able to go back to all that long-unused knowledge (pharm, therapeutics, etc) and pass the exams while many of my medschool friends failed Step 1.
GO for it my friend. Reach for your dream. I'm an old IMG too and currently applying for the match. YOG 2004. I have 2 US LORs from 1 month USCE.

So far I have 1 IV from a community program. Still hoping for more
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