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Hi guys..I have a problem and I would need some help?
I have 240+ in both steps , graduated this year and am applying for pediatrics this year. I also have pediatric elective from boston childrens hospital and a LOR from there.
The only problem is that even though I love pediatrics , I love radiology more. Earlier I didnt know that rads is getting easier for IMGs every passing year so I thought I will go for pediatrics. But now I am in a fix?
I am thinking of doing a pediatric prelim year and then apply for radiology next year. But the problem now is that how do I know where to apply in prelim and where to apply in catagorical. I have read that its not a good idea to apply in prelim and catagorical in the same program as PDs think of ypou as a confused candidate.
I dont want to go all prelims cz I think its a bit risky and dont know if getting a prelim is easir than catagorical or not.
What should I do? Is my doing a prelim year and switching to radiology program is feasible or not?
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Not really sure specifically for P vs. C in pads...but in surgery categorical is much harder to get.

I think if you want to get radiology, you should try and get that. Don't settle for something else! You have great scores, these are not average scores, but much higher for AMG and an IMG applicants.

I would recommend that you apply to all radiology programs you can, and then apply to prelim in Paeds...This way if you don't get radiology this year, you hopefully get prelim year in pads, this way you can get more connections during this year and apply for radiology again (now being a much stronger applicant, since you have been working in the US system as a doctor and have proven your self) And if you change your mind about radiology after your prelim in paeds, you can apply to categorical paeds position and your chances again would be very high, since you just finished a whole year in prelim pads.

A friend of mine did this a few years ago, while he was trying to get into neurosurgery - it took him a couple of years of non-cat spots in surgery but he eventually matched into neurosurgery by using the connections he developed in his prelim years.

Hope this helps, don't give up on your dream, you have worked hard enough to get a great score, don't waste it.
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sry for interrupting others post

How easy/difficult is it for an IMG to get radiology with 250+ in both the steps,when compared to IM?
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Hey! Most uni programs require one year of transitional year before radiology. Transitional year is super competitive because only 88 programs in the whole country! Hope this helps . Good luck
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How easy/difficult is it for an IMG to get radiology with 250+ in both the steps,when compared to IM?
With a 250+, you are extremely competitive for the Radiology, and you would have an extremely high chance of matching, assuming you don't have other red flags in your application. And I can safely say...if you want to go to IM, you are basically guaranteed a match in an excellent university program!
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I just have one thing to say .....
No score is high enough and no score is low enough
It's about how well rounded ur application is...yes good score are immense help but last year there were 7 candidates with 260 + on step 1 who didn't match in IM......
So if u want radiology u should try for that ....... Ur score are ok for radiology......apply to TY n u will have the best shot for radiology next year....
Keep paeds as a backup ......
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