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Old 02-07-2014
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Wink Backup Plan B if you fail the Match!

Almost 50% or less IMGs failed to secure residency in US....I think we should have backup plan as we all wasted too much time...
So here we will discuss all backup plans with pros and cons...

I heard that gulf countries will exempt you from national test after step 2ck..
So after USMLE which exam OR its COMPONENT is exempted???
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it's a very valid question, but it's a baaaaaaaaaaaaad timing for this as everyone is about to sh*t his pants waiting for March 17th (at least me )
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I sincerely hope I match. But I also stop and think...Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and the vast majority of people we consider as "successful" , have probably never even heard of the MATCH . We are accomplished people, there are great things in store for us with or without the MATCH. I promise.
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Ok I didnt match last year... so it has been a very tough year... you need to look at what went wrong:

1) Did you apply for more than one specialty? Might consider narrowing down a bit more.
2) Personal statement... you need to rewrite it. Ask people to review it for you over and over again.
3) You need to improve your app and show that you are busy. VERY important to find a volunteer/paid position in medicine.
4) Research. It would help if you are planning to go in IM/Peds but doesnt help much with FM unless its public health related.
5) Step 3 is an option and will help with IM/PEds/PSych but not much with FM.
6) IF you have gone thru the match 3times, definately look for alternative career or gulf

This year is the perfect example of how scores are NOT everything to land a residency. It is all about having a full application. Goodluck all with the match this year.
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