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Default Which speciality should I apply to get matched in 2015?

Hello everyone,
I have few questions for you. I am international medical graduate, graduated in 2006. I have done post graduate diploma in diabetology. My usmle scores are step 1- 205, usmle step 2CK - 213 and CS- pass and step 3- 191 all in first attempt. I had applied for pediatrics, family medicine and Internal medicine. I did not get through match this year. so my questions are
1) Do you think I have a chance to get in to residency? If yes, in which speciality?
2) What can I do to improve my chances in the match?
3) Are there any fellowships that I can apply without going through residency process?
4) Is there anything I can do besides residency?
Thank you all for your help.
Cheers to everyone.
Deepti
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1) I guess you do, no one can give you a definite answer. You have to figure out what went wrong with your application this season and change what is changeable. Step scores aren't that great if i'm honest but everything can be overcome with strong USCE and LORs.
2) See above.
3) You CAN apply to fellowships without doing residency. You can't work in the U.S after doing that though. You can only work as a licensed physician in the U.S if you've done your residency here.
4) That's a broad question.. what do you mean?

*And i'm curious as to what a PG diploma in "diabetology" involves.

Good luck!
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first, you have to customize your LORs accordingly: can't apply IM lors to pedi and vice versa. they want to see what you did in each of the fields you are applying. its pointless to apply to FM is you dont have any FM usce or lor.
so, do all those clinical rotations, get relevant lors and apply.
about the scores: yours are fine! besides, scores are absolutely not only thing they are looking for.
usce, usce, usce! thats my opinion as img that matched!
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1) I guess you do, no one can give you a definite answer. You have to figure out what went wrong with your application this season and change what is changeable. Step scores aren't that great if i'm honest but everything can be overcome with strong USCE and LORs.
2) See above.
3) You CAN apply to fellowships without doing residency. You can't work in the U.S after doing that though. You can only work as a licensed physician in the U.S if you've done your residency here.
4) That's a broad question.. what do you mean?

*And i'm curious as to what a PG diploma in "diabetology" involves.

Good luck!
Thanks Zeyad. for my 4th question, I meant to say what are the options I have like in research or pharma industries or something on that note if I have to stay in US without being just "housewife".
And the diploma in Diabetology is a course in Maharashtra, India, which is a 2 year course ,where patients of diabetes mellitus and related disorders are being taken care of. You can say a person with D. Diab. looks at all age groups with diabetes, be it medical, surgical, pediatrics, ObGyn or geriatric age group. Mini internal medicine course with stress on diabetes and all autoimmune disorders related with diabetes management.
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first, you have to customize your LORs accordingly: can't apply IM lors to pedi and vice versa. they want to see what you did in each of the fields you are applying. its pointless to apply to FM is you dont have any FM usce or lor.
so, do all those clinical rotations, get relevant lors and apply.
about the scores: yours are fine! besides, scores are absolutely not only thing they are looking for.
usce, usce, usce! thats my opinion as img that matched!
Thanks Petra11. Congratulations for being matched.Would observership help than hands on clinical experience? Because of my visa status I can not do anything except observership.. How about paid observership? Are they helpful?
Thanks again.
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