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Hello friends. I would be grateful if you guys can give me an idea regarding my chances. My stats -

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YOG- 1998
Masters in Ophthalmology - 2002
I have teaching experience and am in private practice in my home country.
Step 1 -212 (1st)
Step 2 CK - 230 (1st)
Step 2 CS - Pass (1st)
Step 3 - Not planning to give as of now.
Visa - Permanent Resident
No US experience.
No contacts.

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Seems like the prognosis is quite poor. Hence, no replies.
Well, thanks anyways.
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Seems like the prognosis is quite poor. Hence, no replies.
Well, thanks anyways.
Family has gotten a lot more competitive. Chances are that since you don't need visa, you will get a few interviews but I can't say anything about the match. My stats were 226/224/pass on CS and all first attempt but I needed a visa and didn't have ecfmg certificate and even I was worried for family. Thankfully I ended up matching at a program that's just perfect for me. I'd say try your luck and see what happens. All bets are off with the match and there's no guarantee anymore even with good scores. So just try and see what happens. Good luck.
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Family has gotten a lot more competitive. Chances are that since you don't need visa, you will get a few interviews but I can't say anything about the match. My stats were 226/224/pass on CS and all first attempt but I needed a visa and didn't have ecfmg certificate and even I was worried for family. Thankfully I ended up matching at a program that's just perfect for me. I'd say try your luck and see what happens. All bets are off with the match and there's no guarantee anymore even with good scores. So just try and see what happens. Good luck.
First of all, congratulations on the match. A job well done.
Thank you for the kind reply. I know it is getting difficult to get in, especially for an ancient graduate like me, but giving up is not an option.
I will apply broadly, with special emphasis on programs that don't sponsor visas. Also, I have some time and am looking for some USCE in FM, so that I have something to put on my CV. Let us see how it goes.
I really appreciate your taking time out to reply. Best of luck in your endeavors. Enjoy the residency.
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Family has gotten a lot more competitive. Chances are that since you don't need visa, you will get a few interviews but I can't say anything about the match. My stats were 226/224/pass on CS and all first attempt but I needed a visa and didn't have ecfmg certificate and even I was worried for family. Thankfully I ended up matching at a program that's just perfect for me. I'd say try your luck and see what happens. All bets are off with the match and there's no guarantee anymore even with good scores. So just try and see what happens. Good luck.

can you please tell me your yog? also if u had any usce?
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can you please tell me your yog? also if u had any usce?
I have one more elective and I will be graduating after. Completed all cores but one elective in the US.
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If I were you, I would aim for at least 3 months externship and 3 LORs to say the least. Otherwise, if you apply like this your chances are slim. But like a previous poster said, anything is possible. This shouldn't deter you from pursuing your dreams, you've got a nice step 2 score and an American citizenship.

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If I were you, I would aim for at least 3 months externship and 3 LORs to say the least. Otherwise, if you apply like this your chances are slim. But like a previous poster said, anything is possible. This shouldn't deter you from pursuing your dreams, you've got a nice step 2 score and an American citizenship.

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Thank you very much for your kind words. I am indeed looking for an externship opening and things are looking positive. LOR's could be tricky. I have a few old classmates whom I have asked for help. Hopefully something will turn up.
I really want to go into primary care. I don't want to apply to other specialties also. Also researching FM residency programs that will suit my profile.
Will keep you guys posted on that.
Till next time. Take care.
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Should I apply to Psychiatry programs too? Everyone I know tells me that it will be prudent to do so. I don't have particular interest in psychiatry but being an old graduate, they say I should not be putting all my eggs in one basket.
I am confused. Any advice would be welcome.
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