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what are my chances of getting a residency spot in US. I have huge gap of >9 yrs. First was selected to Loma Linda pursue with MPH Msc/ Med school 5 th yr US visa was rejected from Russia to do a Ped's cardio rotation at Uni.Davis Sacramento. Very unlucky . What can I do? Can some one guide me. Thank you
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I think that you have an uphill battle, but if you really want to go for a residency spot then don't let anyone stop you. I can help guide you a bit better if you can let me know what country you are from, what visa you have, what you did during your gap and what your medical work experience is. Do you have any connections in the U.S.? What specialty do you want to apply for? I know that's a lot of questions for you (and if you don't want to share with the world you can PM me, if you like).

When it comes down to it, residencies screen candidates based on things like scores, number of attempts and years after graduation, but there are many programs out there and some are more forgiving when it comes to number of attempts, etc.

It's probably a useful exercise for you to think about what your application packet will look like, with regards to strengths and weaknesses. Can you present yourself as a good candidate despite some negatives that you have no control over?

Also, if you do go for it, it may be wise for you to really think about a plan B as well.
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what are my chances of getting a residency spot in US. I have huge gap of >9 yrs. First was selected to Loma Linda pursue with MPH Msc/ Med school 5 th yr US visa was rejected from Russia to do a Ped's cardio rotation at Uni.Davis Sacramento. Very unlucky . What can I do? Can some one guide me. Thank you
I will be honest, your chances are close to zero, you should consider other options. don't give your money to companies/scams (PS writers, externship, LOR, life-medical coaching) that promise you the impossible

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I think usmlethree is being realistic here about your chances. If you really want to have a try know that it will be a struggle for you to get interviews and match. And I agree that you should be very careful about paying for costly services that promise you the impossible.

To know what you're up against, I can suggest a few resources:
-NRMP 2013 match data for IMGs -> this report shows you the number of IMGs who matched, broken down by number of USMLE attempts, etc.
-How program directors select candidates for interviews - an article I wrote based on NRMP data.
-Also you may be interested to read about an article on alternative careers in healthcare.

All the best.
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