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Old 05-26-2014
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I am old graduate(2007) with clinical experience in IM,EM and pg diploma in Cardiology in my home country.planning for step 1 in Nov.2014.Please any opinion about how much score and LOR will help me to get residency in IM/FM/pediatric.since I am old graduate any need visa,somebody told me its impossible. plz help
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First, focus on one specialty, it's ok to apply IM/FM together since they are similar.. You need scores preferably >230 to get noticed and need a mentor to get in.. Try to get an observer in a university-based hospital and try to work in some research project concomitantly to guarantee a nice lor, if you still have some money left, try other observers in different institutions to build more connections.. During the application period, seek for professional help to make your PS and CV look neat and explain why you've decided to come to US in a convincing way.. Apply very broadly, 200 to 300 programs would be reasonable in your case, since you're and old grad, and I don't recommend you to waste your money on TOP notch programs, be realistic and focus on mid and low tier programs that would be more willing to invite you for an interview.. That's the plan, It's pretty hard, but it's doable and every year there's a bunch of lucky old-grads with >5 years that get their spot..
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@drevr: I think your chance of matching depends on many factors, such as what country you are from (ie. comparable or different medical system to the States), how experienced you are as a physician (are you supervising junior residents at an academic institution vs private practice), have publications, presented at national meetings, etc) and if you have any gaps in training. Your graduation year is on the higher side, so just know that some programs will screen you out because of your graduation year. Others will be more open. You just need to do the research when you are applying.

A solid Step 1 score will help you as will good LORs and a compelling personal statement that clearly shows who you are and perhaps weaving in a reason why you want to train in the States now. I tend to think a little differently to cearamor on a couple of points, although I agree that it can be helpful to get good quality US clinical experience and research/publications/presentations at local/national/international meetings can be a plus. Depending on how good a candidate you are, you may want to spread your application to top-tier programs (you may be pleasantly surprised at being offered an interview) as well as lower-quality programs, and I don't think there's a clear rule of thumb about applying for 200-300 programs (although obviously the more programs you apply for - and target well - the better your chance of getting interviews).

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thanks a lot to you both Cearamor and Steps to Residency,Now I've such a valuable advice.. I'll follow it in such a manner.God Bless you.
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