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Old 05-15-2011
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Question My chances for Internal Medicine?


I graduated in April 2008, Started up late with USMLEs and am applying for 2012 match this September. I started USMLE in mid 2010 before which I prepared for residency exams of my home country but unfortunately couldn't make it into Internal Medicine. So I don't have much experience from my home country except working as an medical officer on and off on 'per hour salary'. However, after I came to US for step 2 CS, I did a month of externship and a month of observership. I'm yet to do 3 months of observership and thus will make 5 months of USCE when I apply. My USMLE scores are step 1 - 89, step 2 CK - 92 and step 2 CS pass on first attempt.

How are my chances for Internal Medicine with such scores, 5 months of USCE and almost 3 and a half year since graduation?
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U definately have chances...i mean if by IM you mean you don't mind community programs...but not sure about university programs...someone mentioned 250+ is needed for uni programs in IM!!!!! is this true? It seems like a crazy score for internal medicine and would like to hear the staff member's input on this....
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your scores are average, it means you have good chances but you need to apply widely and to multiple specialties. My advice is apply to at least 150 programs in medicine, and 200 total of FM, psych, neuro...
try to get US LORs, apply early in sept(1st week)..

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