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Hi,

I want your opinion. I am 2007 graduate. Step 1 score 246. CK score 258. Still preparing for CS. no visa.....can u guys tell me my chances in getting residency in ped or IM. how can i improve my chances?
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Hi Amal,

I am a 2007 grad with much lower scores and i got a handful of interviews.
My 2 cents: pass your CS, sell yourself as best as you can with ur experience and use EVERY opportunity to work towards ur goal. Don't give up on your dreams. Good luck!
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Hi Amal,

I am a 2007 grad with much lower scores and i got a handful of interviews.
My 2 cents: pass your CS, sell yourself as best as you can with ur experience and use EVERY opportunity to work towards ur goal. Don't give up on your dreams. Good luck!
Hi ... Congrats on your IV

I am. 2011 grad with average scores 222 235 and 201 still no iv ... I have 4 mo of observership and still no Iv....... How do u explain sellinh onself? As am so clueless at this point.
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Do you have any attempt ? Step 2 cs ?
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Do you have any attempt ? Step 2 cs ?
yes unfortunately one failed attempt in cs...rest exams all 1st attempt...
i realize its a red flag....but i applied to those programs that overlooked it ...atleast on the website.....so am i outta the game for this?
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Sorry to hear that , CS is very important because most of programs director will think you don't have a good communication with patients and language , a strong letter of recommendations could help you to solve this issue .
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yes unfortunately one failed attempt in cs...rest exams all 1st attempt...
i realize its a red flag....but i applied to those programs that overlooked it ...atleast on the website.....so am i outta the game for this?

Dont give up. My husband has an attempt on his CS also. It's scary and actually you have good scores.

What I told my husband, because he has an upcoming observership in a hospital also; and what I am telling you is that definitely make your observership worth it. Just shine; sell yourself, your knowledge; talk, be outspoken, perhaps make contacts? so when it comes time to your next year applying again, and of course your CV will be updated they will remember you. A friend of mine also advised that after you do your observership, do follow up with them throughout the year so they remember you.

Just use your observerships/externships to your advantage. It is just a matter of MORE hardwork now to get into residency.

Best of luck
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Sorry to hear that , CS is very important because most of programs director will think you don't have a good communication with patients and language , a strong letter of recommendations could help you to solve this issue .

well i got 2 good lors from us doctors.....through the observership....and i do realise it....but i passed it with high performance my sep has a star....its just so hard to get my foot in the door now...

what do they want....observerships in hospitals who take residents?
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Dont give up. My husband has an attempt on his CS also. It's scary and actually you have good scores.

What I told my husband, because he has an upcoming observership in a hospital also; and what I am telling you is that definitely make your observership worth it. Just shine; sell yourself, your knowledge; talk, be outspoken, perhaps make contacts? so when it comes time to your next year applying again, and of course your CV will be updated they will remember you. A friend of mine also advised that after you do your observership, do follow up with them throughout the year so they remember you.

Just use your observerships/externships to your advantage. It is just a matter of MORE hardwork now to get into residency.

Best of luck
i got us lors......its just that hospitals i worked with donot have im residensy....

still thanks for your response
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Yes, to have contact with the resident and you have letter from attending .
Communication very important .
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doctor Bzah ..thanks for ur advice .actually that what i was thinking of to look for observership ,research while i am in US to take my CS ... can please tell me if there are any websites to help me find observ,research . or how this goes..?
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doctor Bzah ..thanks for ur advice .actually that what i was thinking of to look for observership ,research while i am in US to take my CS ... can please tell me if there are any websites to help me find observ,research . or how this goes..?
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You can go to inforesidency.com but there are many others also. I found observerships on this website however I noticed that after calling or emailing some of the hospitals on this website; some actually don't offer anymore. I think this may be an outdated list but nonetheless I still found hospitals on here.

I just typed Observerships or Externships in google; and again whatever pops up just go to the website, get the contact information and contact them to see how and when they offer it and what are the additional requirements.

Hope this helps.
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@ Tempe; or anyone else out there having trouble;

You also want to find those observerships that are guaranteeing an interview AFTER the completion of the observership. They are hard to find; I only have 3 in my list but again, you want to get these because atleast you are guaranteed an interview spot after the observership (that is if they like you)
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@ Tempe; or anyone else out there having trouble;

You also want to find those observerships that are guaranteeing an interview AFTER the completion of the observership. They are hard to find; I only have 3 in my list but again, you want to get these because atleast you are guaranteed an interview spot after the observership (that is if they like you)
How do you find them? does paid externship count? I want to do one with my cs exam and am also very old img. I dont know 1 month externship is of any use but as they say something is better than nothig. Please shed some light on this.
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@sumer 20...how do you find those places which may offer us interview after observership?thanks in advance
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Paid externship again is better than nothing; it is some USCE to add to the CV. I am not an expert on this but obviously having something is better than nothing.

Literally we googled observerships/externships and visited the hospital websites. Most do not offer interviews after completion of the observership; like out of the 100 hospitals I contacted only found 3 that do offer the interview.

And that again I found out after contacting the coordinator for further information.

So just google observership or externship in a particular field you are looking and see what comes up. Also there are un-adverstised observerships as well. And for that plain and simple I literally had to email/call the coordinators and find out if they do or do not offer. So it is just basically calling these programs and just find out if they offer any opportunity in observership or externship.
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Paid externship again is better than nothing; it is some USCE to add to the CV. I am not an expert on this but obviously having something is better than nothing.

Literally we googled observerships/externships and visited the hospital websites. Most do not offer interviews after completion of the observership; like out of the 100 hospitals I contacted only found 3 that do offer the interview.

And that again I found out after contacting the coordinator for further information.

So just google observership or externship in a particular field you are looking and see what comes up. Also there are un-adverstised observerships as well. And for that plain and simple I literally had to email/call the coordinators and find out if they do or do not offer. So it is just basically calling these programs and just find out if they offer any opportunity in observership or externship.
So, you suggest contacting to program coordinators? Because I read somewhere that we should contact Chiefs of particular Department? I am about to start my quest for observership, so thanks for your input!
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So, you suggest contacting to program coordinators? Because I read somewhere that we should contact Chiefs of particular Department? I am about to start my quest for observership, so thanks for your input!
Honestly I do not know of contacting the chief. I am sure it helps but I personally contacted the coordinators and they were really helpful. They had all the information regarding requirements and application process.

Good luck!!!
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I totally forgot that I posted this question lol
So, this is a sign! I'll be starting tomorrow with writing my emails! TNX
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