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Hey everyone,

I just want to have a bit of peace of mind in regards to matching, uttering a sigh that I stand a fair chance and a promising match outcome. Any advice will be highly appreciated. Here are my stats:

Step 1/2 -: both 250, CS -: pass with High performance in all {All on first attempts}
Step 3 -: Giving it next month, and hopefully a 230+
YOG -: 2012
USCE -: 2 LoR's :-> 8 months in outpatient primary care; 4 months in Cardiology clinic (both outpatient)
I have additional LoR's from my University, around 5-6
Research -: 1 month lab in Europe, Lots of papers/publications in University Journals
Visa status -: B1/B2
Aiming for -: 2015, Internal Medicine in a University Program

The only thing that is troubling me are LoR. I only have 2 from US, and those also not from hospitals/teaching Universities. The time is quite less now to search, and I am nose-deep in getting rid of Step 3. And I don't have any contacts of what so ever to get a good/powerful letter.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated. And what should I do/improve.

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You have really good credentials on paper, so you should have a good choice of IM programs (what visa will you be applying for when sending applications for programs? I'm not as familiar with B1/B2. The visa you are seeking/have will also be a factor in programs opening their doors for you.

With regards to LORs, my answer depends on where you trained and how much work you have done at an academic institution. If you actually went to med school in the UK and worked there with some well-recognized physicians, you may actually get away with having a LOR from your home country. In fact, this could be more advantageous than a US LOR if the writers are able to capture how great a candidate you are.

I'm sure that I am completely in the minority, but all of my 3 LORs were from my home country in Australia. I got >10 interviews and matched at my first choice program. I think this worked for me because of certain elements in my situation, including studying and working in a comparable medical system to the US and getting good LORs from senior physicians at an academic teaching hospital. I don't know your situation well enough to recommend using a LOR from your home country, but I just wanted to give you food for thought about that.
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You have really good credentials on paper, so you should have a good choice of IM programs (what visa will you be applying for when sending applications for programs? I'm not as familiar with B1/B2. The visa you are seeking/have will also be a factor in programs opening their doors for you.

With regards to LORs, my answer depends on where you trained and how much work you have done at an academic institution. If you actually went to med school in the UK and worked there with some well-recognized physicians, you may actually get away with having a LOR from your home country. In fact, this could be more advantageous than a US LOR if the writers are able to capture how great a candidate you are.

I'm sure that I am completely in the minority, but all of my 3 LORs were from my home country in Australia. I got >10 interviews and matched at my first choice program. I think this worked for me because of certain elements in my situation, including studying and working in a comparable medical system to the US and getting good LORs from senior physicians at an academic teaching hospital. I don't know your situation well enough to recommend using a LOR from your home country, but I just wanted to give you food for thought about that.
Thanks for all the input. That was encouraging and I am a bit relieved.

I graduated from European Med School, Romania. So I really don't know how that holds up. As for visa, its a visitor's visa. I don't have green card/citizenship.

So you think its okay to upload 2 letters from my University professors? Also, can they use the LoR portal and upload it, or only American doctors can upload it through that system (i.e must have an AAMC ID?)
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My answer to your LOR question depends on what you think the quality of these 2 letters will be like. If you haven't already, you should have a read of the ECFMG guideline on LORs. It goes through who to ask, what documents to provide and how to ask. The keys are
1. that your LORs authors have a good command of English. Spelling and grammatical mistakes will reflect badly on you.
2. that they are able to outline your strengths using the framework of the 6 ACGME core competencies (access that through the ECFMG guideline link below). This framework is very important as your strength as a candidate can be evaluated by these core competencies.

You can also read the ECFMG guideline on the technicalities of LOR uploading here. Click on the "submission at a glance" tab. According to this, "Applicants may only submit LoRs using OASIS if they have not waived their right to view them. If you want to waive your right to view an LoR, letter writers must submit LoRs on your behalf using AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoR Portal)."

The ERAS portal that's relevant for your LOR authors is here. It goes through step by step what they have to do.
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