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Question Medicine or Peds? Which is easier to get into for electives?

Hello friends. I will be applying to following places for electives next year

Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Northwestern, Uni. Kansas, Casewestern Uni. and few others.

I got a score of 243 in step 1 this year(does the score matter??).

I really want to get IM rotation but i have heard that im is much tougher to get into. Can you tell me which subspecialities in IM are less competitive than the others??:sorry:

Also, is it true that Paediatrics in Harvard is much easier to get into than IM??
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Apply all those places where your senior got previously. Apply atleast 6 months before the start dates. Yes peds always is easy to get into at all places.........all my friends who applied for Peds have around 5-6 acceptance but with IM its variable and some of my friends even dont have any acceptance. Same story goes with Harvard......my friends got acceptance in their first choice in Peds but who applied for IM did not get anything.
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which sub-specialities in medicine are easier to get into
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which sub-specialities in medicine are easier to get into
Its random if many apply to the same specialty then even an easier looking sub branch may become competitive. It depends on your luck too. Best thing always call the coordinator before applying sometimes they can give some important information like which specialty have got filled and which have spots left so you can apply in those.

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Ok, thanks a lot. Will do that
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I have been accepted for electives in Oncology and Infectious Medicine in Houston. My application was complete 4 days after the deadline, but I got a response within 2 weeks. Electives are free, but I have to apply for F1 visa. Also look into Emory, although you need B1 visa to apply and fee is $3000 per elective. UT Southwestern only accepts IMGs in Otolaryngology and Anesthesia; no tuition fee but needs F1 visa. Do a Google search and you will find lots of programs. Everybody here seems to be applying to same 5 or 6 universities.

http://med.uth.tmc.edu/students-curr...talog-2012.htm

http://med.emory.edu/main/education/..._students.html

http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/educat...-students.html
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you have got a gr8 score ...Applying early as possible...thats the only way by which u can get an elective in IM.. keep all ur prerequiste documents ready b4 the date they start accepting applications...make ur SOP and CV impressives..try to get faculty Lors from ur med school....

i m sure u will land with something

all the best!
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