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IMG Residency Match Forum International Medical Graduates (IMGs) discussing the residency matching process.

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Old 07-18-2014
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Hey Guys,
I am an international medical student, US citizen. I recently cleared step 1 (200) on my 3rd attempt. Studying diligently for USMLE step 2(taking in March of 2015) and also doing my clinical rotations scheduled by my medical school. I am desperately looking for research programs that I can potentially apply to to enhance my application. I don't have any family members or family friends in the US medical system (both my parents are engineers).

My question to you guys are
1. What all things would one do to make them look attractive to residency programs(looking to apply to programs for the 2016 match.. so will apply next year)? How do I get legit LORs and not just the generic one.

2. Is there a way to navigate FREIDA to short list programs suitable for me? ( I dont care for location of the program I am willing to move pretty much any where for a residency spot.. also I plan on applying to a very wide range of programs as many as I can for residency spots)

3. Is it a far fetched thought to hope for an ob/gyn residency,internal,family med spots?

4. What is the best way to obtain a research position? (I am finding it hard getting in touch with people are in research and willing to give me a chance)

5. PLEASE HELP. I feel anxious for my chances but I wanna give it my very best shot.

I understand that I have somewhat dug myself into a hole.. but there has to be way thru this right? So please provide your insight(be kind).
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