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I am a caribbean medical student. I was wondering why is the match rate among IMGs around 50%? If I do considerably well on my Step exams and pass everything on the 1st time shouldn't residencies like family medicine and internal medicine still be attainable?
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Residencies are largely attainable. There are many factors involved in matching such as your academic history, research, spoken languages, visa status, and etc. If you score well, then you certainly have a good chance at getting a residency position.

I would look at the NRMP reports and look at the stats on chances to match based on scores and such. But at the end of the day... there just stats, you make your own luck.
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Also keep in mind that number of graduating AMGs have increased, since medical schools in US increased acceptance rate over the years. BUT number of residency slots are the same or did not increase as sharply. Plus number of IMGs applying have increased over the years as well. Competing became tougher, applicants really need to stand out, even AMGs, it is even tougher for IMGs. I'm thinking this year IMGs match percentage will be even lower. Not because we are not as good as AMGs, simply there is not enough residency slots for everybody.
There has been requests to congress signed by practicing physicians to increase residency slots in order to meet physician shortage in US in the future. Let's hope this will work out in the near future, so AMGs and IMGs can breath some air! But for right now the situation is hard. Keep up the good work, all the best!
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No offence,but please don't start such threads.
At the end of the day everybody is preparing for these exams,taking exams,participating in matches,going through sooo much to achieve a residency,then why such negative posts,ofcourse it must be a fact that IMGs match is going down blah blah but as far as everybody is working hard,we should not bother about these things and leave everything to GOD.
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there is nothing negative about my post above, simple facts, I'm going through the match myself and i know exactly how it feels.How about you find different emotional outlet.
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check out this video for numbers

http://vimeo.com/77727683
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Thanks for that video,it made sense..well it looks like match will become tougher from 2016 onwards,who knows if more residency slots will open up.
I will be applying this year, I wish I match,n for ppl applying next year onwards ,I wish the slots increase.

I didn't mean to offend you dear, my point is simple, I went through a lot of mental trauma to take step 1,i passed alhumdulillah, now I am preparing for CK,i am already tensed, I open up this forum for some motivation and to clear some doubts, and as I see such thread(I should not open it), I open it and start worrying about match when I should be worrying about my step

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May we Match in our dream residencies IA
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