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Default 2014 Residency matched applicant's credentials

Hello everyone,

I am a medical student preparing for step 1. And I wanted to know the credentials of the applicants who got matched this year. It would be really a great help if you could share your credentials, so that future applicants like myself, could plan their journey well. Please, share your-

1. step scores
2. USCE-clinical electives, observership, research and their duration too.
3. Year of graduation
4. lORs
5. No. of places u applied and interviews u got
6. Program u got matched
7. Any other credential

This will really help.
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Any word on any of this info?
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Hello everyone,

I am a medical student preparing for step 1. And I wanted to know the credentials of the applicants who got matched this year. It would be really a great help if you could share your credentials, so that future applicants like myself, could plan their journey well. Please, share your-

1. step scores
2. USCE-clinical electives, observership, research and their duration too.
3. Year of graduation
4. lORs
5. No. of places u applied and interviews u got
6. Program u got matched
7. Any other credential

This will really help.
Thanks.
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i don't think those who matched come to this website anymore
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Hello everyone,

I am a medical student preparing for step 1. And I wanted to know the credentials of the applicants who got matched this year. It would be really a great help if you could share your credentials, so that future applicants like myself, could plan their journey well. Please, share your-

1. step scores
2. USCE-clinical electives, observership, research and their duration too.
3. Year of graduation
4. lORs
5. No. of places u applied and interviews u got
6. Program u got matched
7. Any other credential

This will really help.
Thanks.
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you can easily figure that out from the NRMP Report.
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1. Step 1 (240), Step 2CK (240).
(I applied without Step 2CS and didn't have ECFMG certification - ultimately, I got both before February).
2. No USCE. About 6 months of Observership. A lot of research (18 peer-reviewed publications, countless presentations, and talks).
3. YOG: 2013.
4. 3 x US LoRs and 1 x foreign LoR.
5. Applied to 62 programs (all IM).
Ended up with 23 interviews. Cancelled 13, went to 10.
6. Rutgers University.
7. PhD, 2 postdoctoral fellowships, tenure-track research faculty member for 2 years.
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how come no USCE , yet you had 3 US LORs?

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1. Step 1 (240), Step 2CK (240).
(I applied without Step 2CS and didn't have ECFMG certification - ultimately, I got both before February).
2. No USCE. About 6 months of Observership. A lot of research (18 peer-reviewed publications, countless presentations, and talks).
3. YOG: 2013.
4. 3 x US LoRs and 1 x foreign LoR.
5. Applied to 62 programs (all IM).
Ended up with 23 interviews. Cancelled 13, went to 10.
6. Rutgers University.
7. PhD, 2 postdoctoral fellowships, tenure-track research faculty member for 2 years.
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how come no USCE , yet you had 3 US LORs?
The process of writing LoRs is a subjective, and ultimately pointless exercise in most instances.
I did a lot of 'observership' but no direct USCE.

I was lucky enough to have known several attendings on a personal level, and those I did work with (in a research capacity as well as through my observership) were happy to write / sign LoRs for me.

For the normal AMG/US IMG who knows Attending physicians and / or did USCE or observership, and didn't make an idiot of themselves (which is difficult to do), there are no problems getting LoRs.
If you're trying to get into a Tier 1 university school, LoRs from heavy-hitting heads of departments, etc. may carry some weight, but otherwise, not really.

Many referees ask the applicant to write a LoR for themselves and then the referee edits as necessary, signs, and submits on behalf of the applicant. I was told to write my own reference for 3 out of my 4 LoRs. In all cases, my LoRs were edited, signed, and uploaded to ERAS by the referee. That was their decision and for that reason, my LoRs were submitted directly by the referees with me waiving the right to see them (and I was very clear about this when I initially approached them about it).

General points about LoRs:

1. Referees are inherently lazy about LoR writing. It's not their fault - they have more important things to do. LoR writing is NOT a fun activity for referees.

2. If you know referees personally, LoR writing isn't an issue. Don't be surprised if they ask you to write your own LoR and submit it to them. They can edit as they see fit and submit it. You are still waiving your right to see the LoR, and it is their call if they want you to see what they submitted.

3. Don't ask just anyone to write an LoR for you. While I understand that you may not know many attendings in the US (or elsewhere) and may not know them on a personal level, it is critical that you inform them of the importance of their LoR for your application and in submitting it on time.

4. It is not unreasonable to infer that you are asking a referee to write an LoR because you believe that they will write a positive LoR. There is nothing worse than a program director reading an LoR that states you name, rank, dates of attendance, and work that you have done. That is known as a 'negative' reference. Unless your LoR has some sort of fluffy crap along the lines of "Little Johnny was a fantastic team player, he displayed an incredible knowledge of core internal medicine topics, and the sun shone directly out of his ass", then the LoR is NOT positive and will not help your application.

When I asked my referees for LoRs, I specifically told them that I was requesting an LoR from them because I believed that they would write a positive LoR. I specifically told them that if they felt they didn't know me sufficiently or were incapable of writing an overwhelmingly positive LoR, that I completely understood and would get somebody else to write one.

Bottom line: LoRs (by virtue of their subjective nature) are full of complete nonsense. The aim of a good LoR is to artificially elevate you to demi-god status. If you read your own LoR and are not completely embarrassed, then it has not been written properly.
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1. Step 1 (240), Step 2CK (240).
(I applied without Step 2CS and didn't have ECFMG certification - ultimately, I got both before February).
2. No USCE. About 6 months of Observership. A lot of research (18 peer-reviewed publications, countless presentations, and talks).
3. YOG: 2013.
4. 3 x US LoRs and 1 x foreign LoR.
5. Applied to 62 programs (all IM).
Ended up with 23 interviews. Cancelled 13, went to 10.
6. Rutgers University.
7. PhD, 2 postdoctoral fellowships, tenure-track research faculty member for 2 years.
Thanks, usmleire. appreciate it alot. Awesome CV u had there!! I have few more questions though. U were a recent grad, howcome you managed to do PhD? I am currently, working on a research and would like to get it published too. Could u please tell me about how u get to do SO many published research? where would u suggest i should try?
and lastly, when did u give ur steps? as grad or student?
Thanks again!
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i don't think those who matched come to this website anymore
hey someone did hope, more does though.
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I did my PhD and postdocs, etc. before goimg to med school. I was a late bloomer!

It was just the normal type of accomplishment you see with a research scientist - made all easier because I wasnt in med school. The nice thing about doing a lot of research is that I still get on papers to this day because of a set of experiments I did 6 years ago!

I did my step 1 and ck as a final yr med student and step 2 cs as an intern.
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