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I am a medical student from India, in the process of completing my 1 year of compulsory internship after which I will graduate and
receive my diploma(MBBS). I am planning to postpone my graduation by a couple of months so I can do an elective in the USA in between.
Of late I have seen some good reviews and recommendations about this service and I am considering applying.But before doing so,
I would just like to ask a few questions regarding the electives.

1) In the present extremely competitive residency matching scenario, how important are electives for an IMG? And if so, what duration
would be reasonably best(4-6 / 6-8 weeks?).
2) From what I have found out, when applying for the residency match, one can put in a maximum of 3 LoR's. Can I obtain sufficient LoR's?

My present plan is to give my step 1 by this December, keep a space of two months(JAN/FEB) for electives and then around 4-5 months for step2
and finish the remainder of my internship here and graduate, and then apply for residency at around september 2014. I am just mentioning all this just so that you have
a clearer idea about my situation and suggest the best I can do and provide me with some information which might help me change the plan if necessary. Electives are
extremely hard to get for IMG's these days and we have to apply 6 months in advance and still not know if it will work out. Also, now universities
are very rigid about asking for a LoR during or after the period of elective. Initially I had plans to apply for Yale or Harvard but now I have second thoughts,
and I am considering other options, particularly Chicago clerkchips.

The expenses is secondary to me, doing the best I can so I can get a good Int.Medicine residency program is my priority.Kindly suggest
your best plans and provide me with some valuable information i.e how early should I apply/ Toefl score required or not, etc.
Thanks in advance.
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