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Old 05-26-2011
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Help My chances of Internal Residency Matching

I am an IMG who finish medical school in 2005 but graduated in 2007. I really need an honest opinion about my chances regarding internal medicine residency:

Step 1: 79/195-passed on 3rd attempt(2010)
Step 2 CK: 99/230 on 1st attempt(2011)
Step 2 CS: Pass on 1st attempt(2011)
ECFMG certification received in May 2011

I have some research activity back home done for my thesis exam but no publications.

At this moment I am doing Observership at a University hospital(started in April and got it until end of June.....almost 3 months) and I will get my LORís from 3 attending physicians (2 of them I think will be good and one i canít say anything-I decided not to see what they write in the LORís)

Besides this, I have nothing else(since 2005 I had nothing to do with medical field and I worked to save enough money for my USMLE exams)

I would really like to get an internal medicine residency but I an aware that my chances are not that good. It is out of the questions to get a university program and very small chances to get into a university affiliated community hospital......if I have any chances, that will be on a community hospital. For back-up I will apply to family medicine(most likely I will get around 120-140 programs, half with IM and half with FM). I would really need some advice from anybody or if there is somebody who had/has a similar situation and succeed into a IM position; or maybe somebody knows a program which is not that strict about the scores and can offer H1B visa(it really does not matter the state or region....I am looking for a program where I could get in).

Any kind of input will be appreciate it.....thank you guys and good luck to everybody!
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Ur step 2 ck score is great...I really hope PDs see it and appreciate that u are a hard-working person. Also congrats on being ECFMG Certified
Good luck to u and I hope u get residency
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you have good chances, however not in university programs as these people usually filter based on step1. you need to do a wide application as you mentioned and if you can make it bigger to include up to 200 programs total (IM and FM). US LORs must help you getting more interviews.
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