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Hi guys. I graduated in 1997.
I took my step 1 on Jan 30 and got 247. How good is this for an old IMG? I have a specialty at home, work in an academic institution, and have some publications.
I started my preparation with Kaplan videos and notes, then did kaplan q book. In the final 3 months, I just did FA(read it repeatedly) and had a 2 months UW subscription. I took UWSA 1 and 2 a month and two weeks prior to my exam and got 253 and 256 respectively. Actually, I also did Goljan audios and rapid review for pathology. In addition, I also used the flash cards in all subjects.
The actual exam was a bit difficult and had some problems with time but I didn't leave a question.
I would like your suggestions on my chances of getting a residency program.
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Hi guys. I graduated in 1997.
I took my step 1 on Jan 30 and got 247. How good is this for an old IMG? I have a specialty at home, work in an academic institution, and have some publications.
I started my preparation with Kaplan videos and notes, then did kaplan q book. In the final 3 months, I just did FA(read it repeatedly) and had a 2 months UW subscription. I took UWSA 1 and 2 a month and two weeks prior to my exam and got 253 and 256 respectively. Actually, I also did Goljan audios and rapid review for pathology. In addition, I also used the flash cards in all subjects.
The actual exam was a bit difficult and had some problems with time but I didn't leave a question.
I would like your suggestions on my chances of getting a residency program.
you can easily get IM FM and Peds even with your grad year. You have been active. Go rock the other exams and you will be good to go. thanks for sharing your prep.
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Congrats! You did a wonderful job. This score will certainly help you with the match. Try to have the same result in Step 2CK and apply broad & early! Also don't forget to do have some usce and get at least 3 lors from us doctors that know you or worked with you. Those lors are as important was the scores!
And no attempt of CS!

I graduated on 2002 and I have the same kind of background as you.
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That's a great score. Congratulations! Apart from continuing your good work in exams, I think that the important thing for getting into a residency program in your case is to work hard on your application packet when time comes to apply. What specialty are you interested in, and is it the same as your specialty at your home country? I am assuming that you are an IMG.

Because you have been an active physician at an academic institution, I think your credentials will look great. As an "old" grad, the key for you may be to demonstrate that you are a "nice" person that the program and its residents will like to work with, that you have a compelling reason for leaving your career in your home country to re-train in the states, and that you will bring value to the residency program that you match into. If English is not your first language and you have a heavy accent or poor skills, then I would really work on this as well. Of course, you'll have other things to consider too, like US clinical experience, excellent letters of recommendation and a compelling personal statement. I don't necessarily think all LORs need to be from U.S. physicians. A great LOR from a senior physician (eg department head) at your home institution who knows your work and character well will be perhaps more valuable than LORs from hands-off experiences in the U.S.

Good luck!

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@bel97

Congrats! You did a wonderful job. This score will certainly help you with the match. Try to have the same result in Step 2CK and apply broad & early! Also don't forget to do have some usce and get at least 3 lors from us doctors that know you or worked with you. Those lors are as important was the scores!
And no attempt of CS!

I graduated on 2002 and I have the same kind of background as you.
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Thanks a lot! That is really motivating.
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That's a great score. Congratulations! Apart from continuing your good work in exams, I think that the important thing for getting into a residency program in your case is to work hard on your application packet when time comes to apply. What specialty are you interested in, and is it the same as your specialty at your home country? I am assuming that you are an IMG.

Because you have been an active physician at an academic institution, I think your credentials will look great. As an "old" grad, the key for you may be to demonstrate that you are a "nice" person that the program and its residents will like to work with, that you have a compelling reason for leaving your career in your home country to re-train in the states, and that you will bring value to the residency program that you match into. If English is not your first language and you have a heavy accent or poor skills, then I would really work on this as well. Of course, you'll have other things to consider too, like US clinical experience, excellent letters of recommendation and a compelling personal statement. I don't necessarily think all LORs need to be from U.S. physicians. A great LOR from a senior physician (eg department head) at your home institution who knows your work and character well will be perhaps more valuable than LORs from hands-off experiences in the U.S.

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Thanks! I am planning to apply in the same specialty. I will try to get some LOR from US physicians as well. But, getting USCE may be difficulty for me. I will try it anyways.
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It's very impressive and encouraging! Good luck to the rest of steps.


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Hi guys. I graduated in 1997.
I took my step 1 on Jan 30 and got 247. How good is this for an old IMG? I have a specialty at home, work in an academic institution, and have some publications.
I started my preparation with Kaplan videos and notes, then did kaplan q book. In the final 3 months, I just did FA(read it repeatedly) and had a 2 months UW subscription. I took UWSA 1 and 2 a month and two weeks prior to my exam and got 253 and 256 respectively. Actually, I also did Goljan audios and rapid review for pathology. In addition, I also used the flash cards in all subjects.
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thats great , keep motivated anf rock the next exam
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which year edition you used for kaplan lecture notes as i am also old img graduation in 2003
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247 is good for many specialties even as IMG. Obviously not plastics but of course IM, FM, peds, psych, path etc you are a solid applicant. Apply broadly and GOOD LUCK friend!!!
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Wowww... Really congratz.. Its excellent score... You know u gave me alot of motivation, i am 2004 graduate and i though i am tooooooo old,, thanks for inspiring me,,, i intend to do step 1 in june, i only have 3 months to go and i am just starting FA, i am aiming to read FA three to four times and do UW qs after 1st read of FA.. Do you guys think this is enough,,?? I have read many good experiences with this plan only.. My major is pathology i hope this will help.. I am aiming for pathology fellowships, i am an IMG,,i am a pathologist in my home country.. what you guys think do i stand a chance ?
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Wowww... Really congratz.. Its excellent score... You know u gave me alot of motivation, i am 2004 graduate and i though i am tooooooo old,, thanks for inspiring me,,, i intend to do step 1 in june, i only have 3 months to go and i am just starting FA, i am aiming to read FA three to four times and do UW qs after 1st read of FA.. Do you guys think this is enough,,?? I have read many good experiences with this plan only.. My major is pathology i hope this will help.. I am aiming for pathology fellowships, i am an IMG,,i am a pathologist in my home country.. what you guys think do i stand a chance ?
Yes! Many pathologist here in US are foreign grad... almost 50% of residency spot each year taken by international students!! Work hard to get a good score on STEP1 and apply to many places in US. Every year spots remain unfilled in pathology so if you will be happy living in some places that are not too popular, you can achieve your dream of coming to US!!!
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Yes! Many pathologist here in US are foreign grad... almost 50% of residency spot each year taken by international students!! Work hard to get a good score on STEP1 and apply to many places in US. Every year spots remain unfilled in pathology so if you will be happy living in some places that are not too popular, you can achieve your dream of coming to US!!!
Thanks alot for giving me hope.. But i am aiming for fellowships in pathology.. I am expecting an immigrant visa.. Can get straight forwards into fellowship?? If i did, can i overcome repeating the residency??
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Wowww... Really congratz.. Its excellent score... You know u gave me alot of motivation, i am 2004 graduate and i though i am tooooooo old,, thanks for inspiring me,,, i intend to do step 1 in june, i only have 3 months to go and i am just starting FA, i am aiming to read FA three to four times and do UW qs after 1st read of FA.. Do you guys think this is enough,,?? I have read many good experiences with this plan only.. My major is pathology i hope this will help.. I am aiming for pathology fellowships, i am an IMG,,i am a pathologist in my home country.. what you guys think do i stand a chance ?
Thanks a lot! I think you are at a great advantage as pathology is the major part of the exam. You just need to know the way they ask it and is good that you are doing the q banks. FA is good as you are in the final 3 months and do the self assessments a month or so prior o your exam. Good luck!
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