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Old 01-12-2014
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Question Hands-on USCE as a "filter" for applicants.

So my question is very simple. Is the USCE requirements of various residency programs absolutely rigid? (as rigid as the requirements for scores?)

I'm particularly interested in the programs who require "hands-on" experience.

Eg: A program requires 3 months of "hands-on" USCE (doesn't accept observership as USCE). Will a hypothetical candidate who is a fresh grad with 260+ scores in both steps, ECFMG certified, passed Step 3 and with three months of observership in a University hospital be automatically filtered out from consideration? Or the selection process is actually flexible and he might receive a call from that program?

I'm just trying to understand how this works. Any thoughts?
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Default This is just to filter out IMGs

Programs usually put that statement just to give an explanation why they are not taking IMGs. Look at the current residents section of their website and see if you can find any IMG among them, if you can't find then that program does not and will not take any IMG and the hands-on is just a shield to prevent IMGs from applying.

The only exception to this, if you have strong connection with a particular program and if you were able to make the PD look at your profile of 260+ then there might be a chance they'll send you for interview.

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