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HOW WILL BUTTERFLY COMPETITIVE INDEX ASSESSMENT HELP RESIDENCY PROGRAMS & APPLICANTS

THE AUDIENCE: Medical students and graduates of both U.S. and international medical schools who are seeking primary care medical residency placements in the United States.
THE PROBLEM: Medical Student and Graduate's inability to assess their competitiveness when applying to U.S. medical residency programs.
RELEVANT DISCUSSION: High USMLE scores and recent graduation dates are merely the beginning. Residency applicants typically find themselves inadequately prepared to assess their competitiveness. According to the American Academy of Medical Colleges, Residency Directors may utilize at least 29 various factors when evaluating and considering a residency applicant for an interview. Residency applicants can minimize uncertainties by utilizing the same tools admission committees use to evaluate residency applicants.
TYPICAL QUESTIONS ASKED BY RESIDENCY APPLICANTS: Why don't high USMLE scores guarantee residency interviews? Should I bother with U.S. letters of recommendation if I have already have foreign letters of recommendation? What are the criteria used by residency admission committees when choosing to grant or deny interviews to International Medical Graduates? Are U.S. hands-on clinical experience important? It took me 4 attempts to pass Step 1; does that matter?
PROPOSED RESOLUTION: Utilization of an objective, unbiased and free tool that provides simultaneous feedback about the subject audience's competitiveness as well as their statistical ability to secure residency interviews. This patent pending tool, developed by AmeriClerkships Medical Society, uses similar evaluation methodologies as used by typical residency admission committee members to evaluate residency applications. Butterfly is made available to the public at no cost.
NAME OF TOOL/SOLUTION: Butterfly Residency Interview Competitive Index Assessment
FUNCTION OF BUTTERFLY COMPETITIVE INDEX ASSESSMENT TOOL: To provide residency applicants and residency progras their Residency Interview Competitive Index (CI), allowing each applicant flexibility with career path changes, such as specialty change, different residency location, or another career within the healthcare industry. Additionally, residency programs may now use Butterfly to get a snapshot of the competitiveness of the potential residents who they plan to interview; combined with personality profiling, Butterfly may serve as an invaluable screening tool.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE: Answer all 14 questions, which are typical questions asked by residency admission committee members. The end result will be a score out of a total of 99 points, better known as your Residency Interview Competitive Index (CI). Throughout using Butterfly, try different answers to see its effects on your CI, whether positive or negative. Once you've familiarized yourself with each factor, improve your chances by making notes of how to positively adjust each individual factor in order to maximize your CI.
INTERPRETATION OF C.I. SCORE: The results displayed on the top right will enable you to evaluate your accomplishments similar to how typical primary care residency admission committee members may evaluate your candidacy. Additionally, International Medical Graduates may dually use their C.I. Score (x10) as their Interview Probability Percentage (IP%): the percentage of obtaining ONE interview per TEN same-specialty primary care residency program that an IMG applies to (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics), if applied in the month of September. For example: an International Medical Graduate with a C.I. of 0.50 (Interview Probability of 50%) must apply to 200 same specialty primary care residency programs in order to expect 5 residency interviews.

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It is stated that 73% program directors found LoR from abroad useless. How about LoRs from senior clinicians/professors from decent hospital like university hospital in the UK? Would it have any impact on program director's decision?
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Dont think so Dude ! unless they are US graduates no use at all.......
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Hi, Iam hell bent upon doing radiology residency and have also done 3months of radiology elective in US. What hospitals are IMG friendly for radiology and what are my chances of getting radiology with publications and electives...
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This is a cool index. However, since they are getting rid of the 2 digit scale all together, It would be wise to calculate in the 3 digit score instead of the 2 digit score. This of course only really matters in the range of high 99s, but still it would be the only change I would make to your index.
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Thanks for useful post!

It is stated that 73% program directors found LoR from abroad useless. How about LoRs from senior clinicians/professors from decent hospital like university hospital in the UK? Would it have any impact on program director's decision?
Hello 1TA2B,

I am sorry for my extremely delayed response. Having U.S. LORs from U.S. Licensed Practicing Physicians is extremely important because this is the best way for U.S. residency programs to assess your potential to be a successful resident in the U.S. Submitting a recommendation letter by a letter writer who may or may not have had any experience or knowledge in regards to U.S. residency would do little to help your application. Alternatively, submitting letters from abroad would be much better than submitting none at all.
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Hi, Iam hell bent upon doing radiology residency and have also done 3months of radiology elective in US. What hospitals are IMG friendly for radiology and what are my chances of getting radiology with publications and electives...
Hi Savitha1988,

I am sorry for my delayed response. It is not wise to limit yourself by applying to supposed "IMG friendly" hospitals only. You should focus on building an overall competitive application and apply to the appropriate amount of programs so that you may possibly receive 5 or more interviews. The Butterfly Medical Residency Competitive Index tool should give you further insight into how many programs you should apply to, based on your competitive index.

The radiology electives that you completed in the U.S. should significantly help your application. It may be in your best interest to apply to some transitional or preliminary programs as well, but please keep in mind that you should have U.S. experience within these specialties if you plan to apply to these other programs.

Lastly, according to Freida, the average percentage of residents in radiology that were international medical graduates is 10.3%.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
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This is a cool index. However, since they are getting rid of the 2 digit scale all together, It would be wise to calculate in the 3 digit score instead of the 2 digit score. This of course only really matters in the range of high 99s, but still it would be the only change I would make to your index.
Hello aagupta2,

Thank you for your input! We are currently working on incorporating the 3 digit scores into our Butterfly Residency Competitive Index.

Please contact me if you have any further insight!
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Isn't this a overestimation, according to this score has roughly only 55 to percent weight (the maximum one can get if a person gets a double 99 is just 50 or 55 points) rest depends on clinical experience
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isnt this a overestimation ,according to this score has roughly only 55 to percent weightage (,the maximum one can get if a person gets a double 99 is just 50 or 55 points) rest depends on clinical experience
Hi Diablo,

I am not clear in regards to whether you are asking if there is not enough weight put on USMLE scores, or if there is not enough weight put on clinical experience? Please clarify.

I am looking forward to your response.

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Hi Diablo,

I am not clear in regards to whether you are asking if there is not enough weight put on USMLE scores, or if there is not enough weight put on clinical experience? Please clarify.

I am looking forward to your response.

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what i want to know is the estimate accurate, Ijust felt weightage given to the score is too low, or is this the new trend ?
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what i want to know is the estimate accurate,i just felt weightage given to the score is too low, or is this the new trend ?
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The Butterfly Residency Competitive Index is not a perfect science, since individual residency programs may differ in how much value (i.e percentage) they put on each individual component of the residency application, but the main idea here is to understand the importance of the overall application, not just its individual components. Many programs use USMLE scores as a filtering criteria prior to reviewing the remainder of each candidate's application, while others may utilize a scoring system that is similar to the Butterfly Residency Competitive Index to identify interview probability.

Therefore, you should not dismiss nor neglect clinical experiences, recommendation letters, along with how the overall application is presented as key contributing factors to an individual's competitiveness for U.S. residency. According to Residency Selection Criteria that was published in the Journal of Academic Medicine, 2 out of the top 3 selecting factors pertained to clinical experiences.

Alternatively, Butterfly is simply a reference tool to help you determine your overall competitiveness for U.S. residencies as well as the opportunity to understand how to improve and statistically increase your chances of receiving U.S. residency interviews.

I hope that I was able to answer all of your questions, and thank you for asking such fantastic questions.

Feel free to contact me at anytime if you need further assistance.

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Hi Diablo

The Butterfly Residency Competitive Index is not a perfect science, since individual residency programs may differ in how much value (i.e percentage) they put on each individual component of the residency application, but the main idea here is to understand the importance of the overall application, not just its individual components. Many programs use USMLE scores as a filtering criteria prior to reviewing the remainder of each candidate's application, while others may utilize a scoring system that is similar to the Butterfly Residency Competitive Index to identify interview probability.

Therefore, you should not dismiss nor neglect clinical experiences, recommendation letters, along with how the overall application is presented as key contributing factors to an individual's competitiveness for U.S. residency. According to Residency Selection Criteria that was published in the Journal of Academic Medicine, 2 out of the top 3 selecting factors pertained to clinical experiences.

Alternatively, Butterfly is simply a reference tool to help you determine your overall competitiveness for U.S. residencies as well as the opportunity to understand how to improve and statistically increase your chances of receiving U.S. residency interviews.

I hope that I was able to answer all of your questions, and thank you for asking such fantastic questions.

Feel free to contact me at anytime if you need further assistance.

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when itssaid that the residency programs have automatic filters where they filter out the applicants by the mle scores ..then on any step if u score less than 80 that means ur application would be droppedautomatically by the computer right??...in that case maybe i should drop this whole idea of working in the states as i just gave my first step n scored only 77%
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when itssaid that the residency programs have automatic filters where they filter out the applicants by the mle scores ..then on any step if u score less than 80 that means ur application would be droppedautomatically by the computer right??...in that case maybe i should drop this whole idea of working in the states as i just gave my first step n scored only 77%
Hello samstar,

It is not wise for you to give up so soon since there are so many other areas on the application where you may prove yourself to be a desirable candidate. Plus, if it is absolutely true that ALL programs filter out scores below 80, then ALL current residents in the U.S. should have scores above 80. The same goes for graduation dates of 5 years or more. But this is not the case. Do not fixate on 1 component in your application. We have candidates in our program who have graduated more than 12 years ago who have 5 interviews or more so far, along with candidates who have matched with low scores! This further acknowledges the fact that residency programs make exceptions to certain criteria if the applicant is perceived as competitive overall. So don't lose hope or give up quite yet. You still have Step 2 CK and CS to go, as well as the opportunity to obtain great U.S. letters of recommendations to complement your application.

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since ATLS and other courses were asked about, how helpful they r in reality to improve ur chances?? i mean do they really count?
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Hi there,

Thanks for this useful tool, I hope it is somewhat accurate in calculating our competence amongst our peers but there's a question I have,

Although I have LORs from US clinicians, I only got about 2 Clinical evals done. Is there a specific format or the Clinical evaluations that you mentioned in your program?
I'd be obliged if you could send me a format(if there is one) and maybe I can get started on it?
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I cant find the butterfly either, I am part of Americlerkships, I havent looked in the website and is not there anymore. Please help!!!
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don't worry guys, Butterfly is not updated so you wouldn't make great use of it. for step 1 it is still asking for the 2-digit score which according to the new scoring system gives a biased result.
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