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Help Need help on upcoming sep 2011 matching...

Hi im sorry for posting and asking too much info, but setting up my schedule for the year is driving me nuts...
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IMG 2009 graduate, taking step 1/2ck cs before july 30, 2011

as i have read in the past few days we need clinical experience and US letter of recommendations, to get a good match...

was wondering i read somewhere in this forum that it is ok to apply in ERAS without any LOR, marked as incomplete while planning to take USCE in august-sept-oct...

i dont know if this is possible or a risky move to take....

but with the limited time presented to me i was wondering if anyone is in the same boat as me....

im planning to match for pathology... im really stumped searching for every possible angle i can take to boost my profile

im even considering on applying an externship this coming may with the risk of lowering my study time on step 2 just to get a good LOR....

i really need help or comments on what to... thank you in advance

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Hi Villageman,
I am also an IMG, graduated in 2009, finished only my first year of Pediatric residency in my country (2010). I think we have the same situation here. You are even luckier than me because you can finish taking all the required exam before August 2011. In my case, if everything runs smoothly, I will sit for step 1 on early May, CS on early June and CK on September. I have no USCE, no LOR right now and planning to do externship/observership or even volunteering (if it's the only thing I can do) while preparing for CS and CK. I will try my best to do everything so I can get into next year match.

I have no relatives in US, so I am thinking of using private company to place me in hands on clinical externship. What about your plan ? How are you going to secure one ?
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hi, actually we are on the same page, im planning to take my step 1 early may, my step 2 in july 30, (so i can get my scores before sept) and also planning to take my CS in between

seeing as i have 5 months or less before matching starts, im planning to take a USCE during my review in CS, i know its suicide but i think i can manage it... since i have no choice... and working 2 years from now is really hard for me to consider...

actually im quite confused....

i dont even know where to start on finding USCE for LOR.... im currently situated in New York... looking for hospitals in here that offer externships or observeships
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hi, actually we are on the same page, im planning to take my step 1 early may, my step 2 in july 30, (so i can get my scores before sept) and also planning to take my CS in between

seeing as i have 5 months or less before matching starts, im planning to take a USCE during my review in CS, i know its suicide but i think i can manage it... since i have no choice... and working 2 years from now is really hard for me to consider...

actually im quite confused....

i dont even know where to start on finding USCE for LOR.... im currently situated in New York... looking for hospitals in here that offer externships or observeships
I am based in California now and it's even harder here to find observership and no chance of hand on clinical experience in this states. Probably I will move to other cities once I finish with my step 1 prep, maybe New York or Chicago, well I'm not sure.

For now just focus on our upcoming exam. Step 1 is big. I know you must have been thinking a lot about your plan for match, I feel that way too. Sometimes I just wanna give up and wait until 2013...but it's a waste of time and I'll be considered as old IMG by then. I just dont wanna give up before I try....
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me too, ill try to do everything that i can to get a match this year.... i even feel like vomiting today just looking for externships.... its 5am here so i am waiting for things to open up so i could start calling....

Good luck to us... if i find something here ill give you a buzz in this forum...

what residency are you planning on taking?
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me too, ill try to do everything that i can to get a match this year.... i even feel like vomiting today just looking for externships.... its 5am here so i am waiting for things to open up so i could start calling....

Good luck to us... if i find something here ill give you a buzz in this forum...

what residency are you planning on taking?
OK thanks a lot

I am planning for Pediatrics for sure

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