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I was going through some of the residency specific 2014 match threads, and I was wondering how there are a good number of people applying who graduated in 2013 with several months of research, USCE, electives and lots more to add to their application.

How were all you able to fit this in such a short span of time? I'm assuming several of you took some steps in Med school and did electives then, which is amazing by the way. In retrospect I should have planned better and done that.

Any tips for me? I graduated this year, planning for the 2015 match. Apart from the Steps how do I make the most of my time, and are paid externships the only way?

Thanks, looking forward to advice
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Hi,

I was going through some of the residency specific 2014 match threads, and I was wondering how there are a good number of people applying who graduated in 2013 with several months of research, USCE, electives and lots more to add to their application.

How were all you able to fit this in such a short span of time? I'm assuming several of you took some steps in Med school and did electives then, which is amazing by the way. In retrospect I should have planned better and done that.

Any tips for me? I graduated this year, planning for the 2015 match. Apart from the Steps how do I make the most of my time, and are paid externships the only way?

Thanks, looking forward to advice
hehe i had this same exact realization as soon as i graduated and returned to the u.s. but then it was too late to do electives and all..
anyways no point looking in the past. yes, i think you should try and get some clinical experience and externships >> observerships. i didnt have the financial resources or the time to do one of those externships by joining one of those companies that you pay and get a spot, so i did observerships, and luckily ive managed to get a few interviews, so hopefully ill match somehow this year..

from my experience though, i think the most important advice i can tell you is this: whatever happens DO NOT compromise your time needed to prepare for your step1 & 2. focus on that and make sure youre 100% readyb (even if that means having to sit out in the upcoming match). i took my steps in a rush because i didnt want to wait until the 2015 match, and i compromised my scores. hopefully that decision won't cost me a spot this year. so learn from my mistake.. hopefully youll do better than i did.. good luck!
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hehe i had this same exact realization as soon as i graduated and returned to the u.s. but then it was too late to do electives and all..
anyways no point looking in the past. yes, i think you should try and get some clinical experience and externships >> observerships. i didnt have the financial resources or the time to do one of those externships by joining one of those companies that you pay and get a spot, so i did observerships, and luckily ive managed to get a few interviews, so hopefully ill match somehow this year..

from my experience though, i think the most important advice i can tell you is this: whatever happens DO NOT compromise your time needed to prepare for your step1 & 2. focus on that and make sure youre 100% readyb (even if that means having to sit out in the upcoming match). i took my steps in a rush because i didnt want to wait until the 2015 match, and i compromised my scores. hopefully that decision won't cost me a spot this year. so learn from my mistake.. hopefully youll do better than i did.. good luck!
Thanks for your reply

Yes I'm definitely going to focus on getting good scores, but I thought externships/observerships need planning way ahead of time. I'm not sure how to go about that. Do you mind sharing how you got your observerships?

Good luck for the match!
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someone i knew was related to someone, who knew someone, who's cousin married a doc who happened to be working near my home.

haha i know thats sounds ridiculous.. but i had to beg everyone and anyone i knew to find a helping hand. i did also send out tons emails asking for help etc etc.
keep knocking on doors, someone will eventually open one!
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someone i knew was related to someone, who knew someone, who's cousin married a doc who happened to be working near my home.

haha i know thats sounds ridiculous.. but i had to beg everyone and anyone i knew to find a helping hand. i did also send out tons emails asking for help etc etc.
keep knocking on doors, someone will eventually open one!
Haha ya I'll see what I can do. Thanks
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Hi,

I was going through some of the residency specific 2014 match threads, and I was wondering how there are a good number of people applying who graduated in 2013 with several months of research, USCE, electives and lots more to add to their application.

How were all you able to fit this in such a short span of time? I'm assuming several of you took some steps in Med school and did electives then, which is amazing by the way. In retrospect I should have planned better and done that.

Any tips for me? I graduated this year, planning for the 2015 match. Apart from the Steps how do I make the most of my time, and are paid externships the only way?

Thanks, looking forward to advice
Hi, i agree with hopeful if you have good scores a lot of door will open, so that should be your focus, i did my observerships actually with my own family doctor and my kids pediatrician, a friend of mine send her parents to certain prestigious hospital thinking to make friends with doctors there for her observerships and it worked, also some places offer observership for a cost, like UT, cleveland clinic, use google, good luck
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Hi, i agree with hopeful if you have good scores a lot of door will open, so that should be your focus, i did my observerships actually with my own family doctor and my kids pediatrician, a friend of mine send her parents to certain prestigious hospital thinking to make friends with doctors there for her observerships and it worked, also some places offer observership for a cost, like UT, cleveland clinic, use google, good luck
Ok I'll look into that, thank you!
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