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Idea! Done with Step 1: MPH route for Residency?

I have step 1 score of 248.

YOG: 2012

IMG. No contacts. No research/publication to my name.

I want to get into MPH program so that I can make contacts and get to know about the US health system. I believe It will boost my rather plane CV. with match getting tougher each year, MPH would be like a back up in case I don't match!

Am I wrong in my thinking? is there anyone who took MPH route to residency? please help me making a decision.

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There isn't an MPH route to residency per se.

But yes, you are right. It will boost your profile and get you some connections.

I recommend it.

PS- check the MPH- tag link at the bottom of thread for other members who discussed this issue before.

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Thank you StepTaker

Regarding MPH program, which one will be helpfull keeping in mind I will get back to clinical side of medicine and in residency inetrview process ? Epidemiology/health administration/biostatistics/clinical research/international health etc??
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An MPH program will not lead to residency. During the start of the MATCH season I spoke with several IMGs/FMGs that are enrolled or have completed a MPH program.

Residency programs will continue to rely on their "Selection Criteria" for interviews and residency.

The only issue that an MPH can create for you is a gap in your clinical experience since you may spend 1-2 years taking courses before having the opportunity to complete rotations.

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