gap in my cv - USMLE Forums
USMLE Forums Logo
USMLE Forums         Your Reliable USMLE Online Community     Members     Posts
Home
USMLE Articles
USMLE News
USMLE Polls
USMLE Books
USMLE Apps
Go Back   USMLE Forums > IMG Residency Match Forum

IMG Residency Match Forum International Medical Graduates (IMGs) discussing the residency matching process.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-23-2014
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 101
Threads: 32
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Reputation: 14
Default gap in my cv

if i graduate in feb 2014 and apply for residency in sept 2014 , i have a 6 month gap in my CV. Im not planning to take up a job during this time as I will be studying for step 2 .. How bad does a 6 month gap look on my cv?
I wanted to know from ppl who have interviwed this season if any1 was in a similar situation...? ! pls guide !
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message


  #2  
Old 02-23-2014
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 140
Threads: 5
Thanked 140 Times in 63 Posts
Reputation: 150
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by starcrossed View Post
if i graduate in feb 2014 and apply for residency in sept 2014 , i have a 6 month gap in my CV. Im not planning to take up a job during this time as I will be studying for step 2 .. How bad does a 6 month gap look on my cv?
I wanted to know from ppl who have interviwed this season if any1 was in a similar situation...? ! pls guide !
You will definitely have to account for the 6 months gap.

Unless you cite a very compelling personal reason, there is no excuse (in the eyes of your interviewer) for not engaging in some sort of scholarly activity during that time.

You don't need to study non-stop for Step 2.
You should try and do something relevant and prioritize your time to allow for sufficient study:
e.g. do research, USCE / Observership, etc., etc.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
starcrossed (02-23-2014)
  #3  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 19
Threads: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Reputation: 10
Default

Is it necessary that the gap be filled with relevant field ? I mean volunteer work not related to medicine etc
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
  #4  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS+3
Posts: 93
Threads: 0
Thanked 21 Times in 19 Posts
Reputation: 31
Default

If you need to study to get a good score, focus on it..dont go beyond 6-8 months. Pds will know if u r an IMG ,that u were preparing for steps. They dont flush u out on small gaps..its the score that matters first.

If u have time..search for volunteer oppuurtunities at nearby hospitals, clinics. There should be a lot around. Best will be to go to googlw volunteer clinics or Search nearby hospital websites. Enquire in person too. U can spend a few hrs a week there. Breaks the mundane routine of continuosly studying. Volunteer work need to be clinical. But interacting with pts beyond clinics in a hospice, helping out running a free clinic etc,. It fills the volunteer experience in a CV. Who knows , you might meet someone who might help in your residency path..

Scores first..no compromise...LOW scores get screened out.Thats the truth
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS+3
Posts: 93
Threads: 0
Thanked 21 Times in 19 Posts
Reputation: 31
Default

Error-Volunteer experience need not be clinical...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 4 Weeks Ago
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: ---
Posts: 25
Threads: 14
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Reputation: 11
Default Try to avoid gaps in your CV

Did you take some time to travel the world after medical school which resulted in a year-long gap between graduation and applying to a medical residency program? Or perhaps you were caring for an ailing family member the past three years? Or maybe you were arrested? Who knows? Certainly not the Program Director. Long gaps in your resume are not the end of the world, but they do need to be explained. Check out this video, Residency Application Red Flags where a current U.S. medical resident (IMG) will tell you how to explain large gaps in your CV.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the USMLE Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Medical School
Choose "---" if you don't want to tell. AMG for US & Canadian medical schools. IMG for all other medical schools.
USMLE Steps History
What steps finished! Example: 1+CK+CS+3 = Passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3.

Choose "---" if you don't want to tell.

Favorite USMLE Books
What USMLE books you really think are useful. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.
Location
Where you live. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes


RSS Feed
Find Us on Facebook
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

USMLE® & other trade marks belong to their respective owners, read full disclaimer
USMLE Forums created under Creative Commons 3.0 License. (2009-2014)