Originally Posted by Lena
The problem with this is that it bunches FMG(need visa) with IMG(no visa aka US residents and citizens). This really skews the numbers...
It also includes US citizens from Caribbean medical schools who did two years of clinical rotations at US hospitals and get all their LORs from US physicians, as well as US citizens who did all 4 years of training US osteopathic schools. Many of these students match with much lower scores so I would say that skews it in the other direction and averages it out. Also, it is an average so of course there are people who can match with 195, but there are also people who match with 250. The data is what it is, so you can use it anyway you see fit; I generally prefer official data over anecdotal evidence.
From what I've heard from a PD, being a US citizen or permanent resident gets your application looked at, but doesn't determine how competitive you are, meaning some programs aren't very FMG friendly because they don't want to deal with visa issues, so right their your PR
card gets you looked at and gives you preference over an FMG. However, if you're talking about a program that does accept FMGs routinely, having a PR
card won't give you leg up on the FMG whose scores are much higher than yours.
OP, bottom line you should try to get the best score you possibly can. Worry about averages etc when you're done and ready to apply. Good luck!