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Graduation year: 2008
clinical experience back home: 1 yr
step 1& 2 : 230 (1 )
step 3: Planning to take on sep/oct
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observership: 2 docs, 3-4 months
might do an externship
no research.
Target specialty: Im, im , im. Peds, fm

do i even have a chance?
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add research. apply in family medicine. chances are good. but remeber, do not put all your eggs in one basket. i mean if you are from an avergae family then u shudnt try.
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add research. apply in family medicine. chances are good. but remeber, do not put all your eggs in one basket. i mean if you are from an avergae family then u shudnt try.
If you don't mind, may I ask you what made you come to this decision? Just trying to figure out the algorithm. Also, by average family, are we talkin about financial support?
I am even more confused about FM. I have been told, they require long observership/externships just to make sure that I am devoted enough in FM, which I am not, practically.hmmmm....confused.
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add research. apply in family medicine. chances are good. but remeber, do not put all your eggs in one basket. i mean if you are from an avergae family then u shudnt try.
as far as I know most of us are from 'average' families only who are dreaming of making it big in US..she has a decent profile and should go for it
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If you don't mind, may I ask you what made you come to this decision? Just trying to figure out the algorithm. Also, by average family, are we talkin about financial support?
I am even more confused about FM. I have been told, they require long observership/externships just to make sure that I am devoted enough in FM, which I am not, practically.hmmmm....confused.

I think he meant about the finances,.. but that does't matter according to me, if you are patient, persistent and you have money, or you can arrange it by yourself or from your parents then do apply as you have taken all the xams and have come all the way... add research in your CV, my advise,.. Goodluck !!!
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Do you require visa? If the answer is yes dont bother applying to FM. It is very difficult this year to get interviews in FM. They are looking for ppl who are from the area and will live there after.

FM goes through ur entire profile and the fact that you dont have electives or long observerships in it... its a long shot. They are looking for people with interest in FM.

You will have a bigger shot at IM... make sure ur step is done and ur ecfmg certified. Dont wait too long you are already a old graduate... makesure you apply to community programs, dont waste your time and money with the big names....

Research and step3 will help for IM but not for FM.

Peds has also become very competitive. I heard mount sinai in chicago is looking for 240 on step 1

Every year is more competitive... Goodluck
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Do you require visa? If the answer is yes dont bother applying to FM. It is very difficult this year to get interviews in FM. They are looking for ppl who are from the area and will live there after.

FM goes through ur entire profile and the fact that you dont have electives or long observerships in it... its a long shot. They are looking for people with interest in FM.

You will have a bigger shot at IM... make sure ur step is done and ur ecfmg certified. Dont wait too long you are already a old graduate... makesure you apply to community programs, dont waste your time and money with the big names....

Research and step3 will help for IM but not for FM.

Peds has also become very competitive. I heard mount sinai in chicago is looking for 240 on step 1

Every year is more competitive... Goodluck

I don't need a visa but I am also expecting in march. With the newborn it will be tough for me to do anything long term for FM. I don't like psychiatry but do you think I have a better chance there than peds. uffff way too much tension for third trim :/ oh I don't see anyone handing me over a research opportunity like a candy
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Simiti, having a Greencard is a huge plus, and actually having a child may (!) be a plus for FM, as well congratulations in any case

230 without the need for visa sponsorship has chances for both IM and FM, IMHO.

Can you do observerships at places where you might be a competitive candidate? I would try that route so that people can get to know you in person (less risk for them + better chances for you)

Research would probably also helpful but my opinion is that observerships are easier/higher yield / safer return on invest
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I don't need a visa but I am also expecting in march. With the newborn it will be tough for me to do anything long term for FM. I don't like psychiatry but do you think I have a better chance there than peds. uffff way too much tension for third trim :/ oh I don't see anyone handing me over a research opportunity like a candy
Congrats Simiti...

I completely agree with Col_slade, Having a family is a huge plus for FM. Also, you dont need a visa opens all sorts of doors for you. If you dont need a Visa then the YOG does not apply to you. I know many older graduates getting interviews.

You have a chance in all of the specialties. I just looked at ur stats in detail. Do you have Ecfmg certification? if not get it asap. You dont need a step 3, if you do plan to take it.... do it around dec or feb next yr. Having step 3 is good for psych and peds but not much benefit for FM.

FOR FM, focus on your personal statement. Makesure you write a good one with all the hardships, talk your new motherhood experiences, and YYYY FM.

You should be good. Call all the FM programs in your state and start communicating... Also try to do an observership or volunteer so you can beef up your resume before the match.

Goodluck and relax...
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Simiti, having a Greencard is a huge plus, and actually having a child may (!) be a plus for FM, as well congratulations in any case

230 without the need for visa sponsorship has chances for both IM and FM, IMHO.

Can you do observerships at places where you might be a competitive candidate? I would try that route so that people can get to know you in person (less risk for them + better chances for you)

Research would probably also helpful but my opinion is that observerships are easier/higher yield / safer return on invest
First of all, wow !! Look at your scores ! Congrats & respect

I don't know how people work in a program that is also a potential residency match. I mean to me they are all ironclad wit no position just to shadow a physician inside the program. I have zero contacts whatsoever !!!

Thank you for the boost. I am so clueless and feel like I am whining a lot which is not me .

anyways best of luck with everything!!
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Congrats Simiti...

I completely agree with Col_slade, Having a family is a huge plus for FM. Also, you dont need a visa opens all sorts of doors for you. If you dont need a Visa then the YOG does not apply to you. I know many older graduates getting interviews.

You have a chance in all of the specialties. I just looked at ur stats in detail. Do you have Ecfmg certification? if not get it asap. You dont need a step 3, if you do plan to take it.... do it around dec or feb next yr. Having step 3 is good for psych and peds but not much benefit for FM.

FOR FM, focus on your personal statement. Makesure you write a good one with all the hardships, talk your new motherhood experiences, and YYYY FM.

You should be good. Call all the FM programs in your state and start communicating... Also try to do an observership or volunteer so you can beef up your resume before the match.

Goodluck and relax...
Hi AIR1,
Thank you !!
You look like a good soul. Always helping people around. Boy did you just give me hope !!!!! I needed it. The baby hasn't arrived yet. I can't study , can't continue my observership, it is a mess here. So SOP must be strong. I think that can be done.

I have only one residency program in the city that I am living right now. They have no opening for an IMG to come and shadow their physicians. How to reply to that?They just said no.

Thank you for everything.
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