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Old 07-07-2016
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Hey guys, I need ur advice.
I am an old IMG YOG 2012 in Jordan, GC holder, step1/2 l, 228/242, CS result pending. I have big gap in my CV, did noting since my graduation. I wanna to apply IM. I am going to do observership for 1 month in August at Univ of Minnesota, and looking another observership for another month.
What is my change of getting IM residency, do u advice me to apply 2017 match, or wait for the 2018 match and do Step 3 and more observer-ships.
what excuse about the gap you think will make sense if I get an IVs?
How many programs I need to apply to increase my chance of matching?

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Well.... There is no perfect answer to the "when" to apply application. The main thing is to have a good reason to have gaps in your application. I would consider applying this year if you feel you are ready. I think taking STEP 3 would not be a bad idea to help boost your scores (not that your Step 1/2 are bad) but it shows you have mastered the concepts of Step 3 also.

Also consider obtaining letters of recommendations from programs you are very interested in. I think observer ships are a great opportunity to get LoR. Also consider helping out a resident and/or medical student with research opportunities in the areas you are interested in (IM). Such as a case report and/or other research opportunities. Also I would apply very broadly to programs all over the country.

I hope that helps a little,
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Good Luck! I know it is a hard road, but in the end it will all be worth it.
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