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Old 03-11-2014
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Im a 2010 UK graduate and have completed 3 years of post-grad training (1 in an EM program)

Im applying to match 2015 and interested in applying to EM, but have recently read that this will be hard without a SLOR, which must be from a US physician.

My stats so far: step 1 266, 4 publications with 1 first author, 1 non-EM (internal med) LOR from a US IM professor at a "top ten" US med school, and can get LORs from EM physicians here in the UK.

Anyone heard of ppl with similar stats matching to EM without the SLOR?
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Although, I can't speak for EM applications and stats regarding whether people in your situation have matched, having been on the interview trail this year (albeit for surgery) I can make the following comments, which probably apply to you:

1) You have a great Step 1 score, and that should get your foot through the door with a lot of decent programs.

2) Your publications won't make or break your application, but will definitely factor in when it comes to academic institutions.

3) Although you are still an IMG for all intents and purposes, most places will see your UK training as an asset rather than a hindrance - the fact that you speak the same language and can communicate well goes a long way.

4) From a quick read around, it looks like the SLOR is pretty important. As a general rule, PDs in the US value LORs from US-trained physicians above all else (unless your UK letter writer is a renowned A&E doc). They also look for US clinical experience in the specialty you're applying to (although I'm not sure how crucial this is for EM). In your case I'd still definitely recommend you apply, as it sounds like you've got an otherwise strong application.

I would get Steps 2 and 3 out of the way prior to applying too, to round off your application. Best of luck.
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Originally Posted by JesiJames View Post
Over the years, I have given advice to hundreds of potential applicants to emergency medicine programs. Understandably, they have varied tremendously in background, training, prior experience in emergency medicine, and suitability for the specialty. What follows is a synopsis of the advice I have developed over this time period for such applicants. Pick and choose some will be too basic for you, some may be too involved or detailed, and some may simply not apply.

Article: http://med.wmich.edu/education/inter...ine-applicants

If you are looking for residency personal statement help, then you are in the right place.
Thank you for the link, thats very useful. One question i have is whether a SLOR completed by a UK EM physician (the clinical lead attending at a major UK university program, as my prev. educational supervisor) would be considered as somewhat equivalent to a "proper" SLOR from a US physician?
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