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I saw infoimg.com , matcharesident & residency places all these websites offer places for every 1 even with passing 76 both steps. So why many people C/O no places for old grad or for low scores? any idea
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Of all the IMGs applied last year only 50% were matched
If you factor that percentage by an old grad you are likely to get a very low percentage.

America is a country where equal opportunities are claimed, but SORRY when it comes to old grads that's not the case

The older you get the lower your chance of getting matched

The websites you mentioned will just tell you what programs MIGHT have the potential to take an old grad, but do they tell you what is the percentage that you will be accepted if you are an old grad!!
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I know three IMG old grads
they all used matcharesident until this day they had only rejections!
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Very disappointing , but if some 1 is willing to work in area of need or in any state int. med. or family med is it still difficult or there is some hope?
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All health care sectors in USA are in need of more residents
But that fact is irrelevant
They still don't take old grads
Each year there are positions that are left unmatched even after the scrample
They take the devil and they don't take old IMG grads
If you an old IMG grad really then I suggest you either have 99/99/99/CS/all first attempt/USCE/Research/Pubs/Connections
Or forget about the US dream
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All health care sectors in USA are in need of more residents
But that fact is irrelevant
They still don't take old grads
Each year there are positions that are left unmatched even after the scrample
They take the devil and they don't take old IMG grads
If you an old IMG grad really then I suggest you either have 99/99/99/CS/all first attempt/USCE/Research/Pubs/Connections
Or forget about the US dream
Woow, you are really superwild
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I read now in prep4usmle.com that some old graduate could have chance,
If old grad but was working since graduation in bid hosp.& is very active & speaks 3 language why will reject him in USA.
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Can anyone define an old graduate. Is it really tha bad for an IMG .Can anyone give us better hopes. Any live examples who can lift our spirits.
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Can anyone define an old graduate. Is it really tha bad for an IMG .Can anyone give us better hopes. Any live examples who can lift our spirits.
There's no strict definition of an old grad.
Some people say one year, others say two years, but most people agree that 5 years after graduation is the threshold.
Others argue that over 10 years graduation is another threshold.

However, I personally believe that if the CV has got "eye catching" content then it will certainly compensate for the old age advantage.

For example, my IMG friend had 15 years after graduation but his CV filled up with good scores 95/96 and three peer reviewed publications and extensive pediatric experience and he did not have USCE. Yet he got 10 interviews last year and was pre-matched in one of them.

So cheer up my friends, there's always hope and you can always improve your status.
Check this thread for ways to improve
Low Step 1 Step 2 Scores
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I'm an IMG went several times USA conferences ,I met physicians there who said we need staff & some of them said there R many areas which physicians urgently & others said that many old people above 50 had started in neurology, so psychiatry, neurology, pediatric, int med & FM may be can accept old grad , some1 to correct me if I'm wrong
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I'm an IMG went several times USA conferences ,I met physicians there who said we need staff & some of them said there R many areas which physicians urgently & others said that many old people above 50 had started in neurology, so psychiatry, neurology, pediatric, int med & FM may be can accept old grad , some1 to correct me if I'm wrong
Yea, correct. The US Health care system is in shortage in many areas specially outside the cities.

But the problem is that if you are a program director and you have 1000 applications in front of you and you have to choose 100 for intreviews then certainly you are going to be inclined toward the US graduates and the younger people as you believe that these people have the highest potential.

There's no rule saying that old graduates are exempt from the match, but there's a reality telling us that most of those who match every year are fresh graduates.

In a nutshell, old graduates should have distinguishing points in their career other than the high scores in order to be able to compete with their younger counterparts.

By the way, this applies to US graduates also but practically there isn't any American who finished medical school and did not apply for a match immediately.
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what about geriatric residency ? they also said most wanted in the few coming years & most AMG are not interesting in it?
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what about geriatric residency ? they also said most wanted in the few coming years & most AMG are not interesting in it?
There's no geriatric residency, there's geriatric fellowship only.
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Thank you Edward for your reply & clarification so How can IMG join this because one american friend told me they need lots of Geriatric physician
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