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We are here to help you match! We will be here to answer any questions you may have about the upcoming season. Know more about our team on our website. https://www.usmlesarthi.com/sarthiresidencyteam.html

To help you get started here are a few videos you can use to plan the season

Easy specialties for IMG physicians to match into for USMLE Residency.


Most IMG friendly states for USMLE residency




Residency application timeline and program search


we did it last year but other than minor change in dates, process remains same


What programs look for in IMG applicants as they review the applications

Must watch.



Blog post on 10 must follow strategies for IMGs


Lets get started! feel free to contact us

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when will the matching start every year...im planning to give step 2 cs and ck by march 2019...is that fine..

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The 'matching' is a series of events. But to be in the best position to match ideally you should submit your application on Sept 15- so if you are looking for a date- that is one date you need to remember. If you finish the steps and are ECFMG certified by Sept 15- you will be fine to apply Sept 2019 for the 2020 match

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ple let me know
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when will the matching start every year...im planning to give step 2 cs and ck by march 2019...is that fine..

ple let me know
Regarding USMLE step exams and when you should take them by: If you are applying for the upcoming match (2019), it is best to be ECFMG certified when you apply in September 2018. In order to participate in the match, you need to have Step 1, Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK passed at least a week before rank order list deadline on February 20th, 2019. If you would like to participate in the Supplementary Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), you will need all exams passed at least a week before the Monday of Match Week, which will be March 11th, 2019.

Since you will be finishing both steps in March 2019, this year's match cuts it too close for you and you may need to apply in the next year's match (2020). This means applying in September 2019, to start residency in July 2020.

Another thing to consider is that most residency programs prefer that international applicants have all three exams finished before they offer an interview to the applicant. This is so that they can be reassured regarding your potential to pass USMLE Step 3 and your residency boards. It is always better to apply with all or at least two step scores in hand. You can update programs with the last exam score, but the earlier you have the exams done the higher chances of getting interviews. See the timeline below, in order to understand how the process works.


For the upcoming match cycle (2019): Here is a useful link regarding the match timeline - for international medical graduates (IMG's) specifically:

https://www.ecfmg.org/eras/timeline.html

Another link for application timeline is below (However, ignore the June 7th, 2018 date for 2019 tokens. For IMG's it is a different date).

https://students-residents.aamc.org/...-md-residency/

As you can see in the above links, IMG's can start using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at the end of this month (June 2018). This is what you will be using to apply to all residency programs. You can start submitting your application to programs from September 5th, 2018 onwards. Programs can only start downloading your application from September 15th, 2018 however, and all applications submitting before or on this date will be timestamped as September 15th. September 15th is also when you can register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). This is the computer algorithm which helps match thousands of residency and fellowship applicants into NRMP-participating programs. Its early registration deadline is November 30th, 2018, and late registration deadline is February 20th, 2018. This is also the NRMP withdrawal deadline. (Please understand that there are certain residency programs and certain specialties which do not participate in NRMP. If a program offers prematch, it DOES NOT participate in NRMP and you MUST withdraw from NRMP if you accept a prematch offer. There are also certain specialties which use the San Francisco Match instead of NRMP to fill their programs. If you accept such a position, you also will have to withdraw from NRMP registration. In both of these situations, if you do not withdraw from NRMP you will be flagged for NRMP violation. This has severe consequences which include being banned from NRMP in future. More on that in a later post if you would like to know more.)

1. In order to use ERAS and work on your application and CV, you must first purchase a 2019 ERAS token, which will be available for purchase by IMG's starting on June 21st, 2018 in ECFMG OASIS ( https://secure2.ecfmg.org/emain.asp?app=oasis ) or the MyECFMG mobile app. If you have taken any of the USMLE step exams, you will have an account already. Log in to OASIS or the app using your USMLE ID and password. Click on "ERAS Token Request" and follow the instructions given. You will have to pay a fee for this.

2. Once you have requested a token, you will register your token at https://apps.aamc.org/myeras-web/

3. You can now log into ERAS and start working on your application. You can also upload documents. Some official documents will have to be uploaded through ECFMG ERAS Support Services. These will be processed by ERAS and appear on your ERAS dashboard within one to ten business days. As September 5th approaches, however, the processing time can be prolonged due to last minute rush from hundreds or thousands of applicants. Be proactive and upload whatever you can, as soon as possible to avoid delays in application. Be sure to start working on your personal statement (PS) as early as possible too!!

Our team consists of experienced panel members who can help you with your PS and ERAS application/CV. Remember that a well-made application and PS with proper grammar, sentence structure and spelling demonstrate attention to detail! And even with good writing skills, it is an art to create an effective PS and CV that sells your unique journey and background profile well.

Check out our services: https://www.usmlesarthi.com/sarthire...hservices.html

4. Note: If your school does not participate in the EMSWP portal (You will know if your school participates in the portal), then you will be uploading all official documents regarding your education credentials. ERAS advises that you upload the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) no later than September 22nd if you want your MSPE to be transmitted on October 1st (All MSPE's are transmitted on October 1st to programs you've applied). Please ensure that you upload this on time.

5. You can start certifying your ERAS application and apply to programs from September 5th, 2018. Programs will only be able to download applications from September 15th onwards, however, and your applications will all be date-stamped as September 15th if you submit between the 5th and 15th. This is something recent that ERAS has done, in order to reduce the server crash which occurs when applicants all rushed to apply on Sept 15th in previous years. You must certify your ERAS application before applying to programs. Once you certify ERAS, you cannot modify anything other than Personal Information section. You can still upload documents and letters of recommendation. Any professional updates after certifying ERAS will have to be conveyed by contacting programs directly.

6. Once you have certified ERAS and applied to programs: Relax! Waiting for programs to contact you and offer invites can be stressful and anxiety-inducing, and it is best to stay busy during this time period. Start preparing for interviews. (See link above for our services!! Interview performance is one of the most important factors that a program director considers when ranking applicants.) You should also register for NRMP ( http://www.nrmp.org/applicant-registration/ ) and update your ERAS Personal Information section with your NRMP ID number. Keep in mind that the ERAS ID number and NRMP ID number are two different entities. NRMP ID is only needed for ranking and SOAP. ERAS ID is what you use when communicating with programs. If you have any updates to your CV, new letters of recommendation or any new exam results you can email program coordinators with the update. Unfortunately you cannot change the text of your CV once you certify ERAS.

7. Once interviews are underway: Keep note of the date when you can start ranking programs. This will be January 15th, 2019. Keep in mind that you can only rank a program if you've interviewed there. A program will not rank an applicant they have not personally met or interviewed.

8. The rank order list (ROL) deadline is February 20th, 2019. This is also the NRMP withdrawal deadline.

9. Once you've submitted your ROL, its time to relax and let the NRMP computer algorithm do its work!

10. Match Week: March 11-15, 2019. The Monday of Match Week: Applicants will receive an email regarding whether they matched. If an applicant has not matched, and if the applicant is eligible for SOAP, the applicant will have access to the unfilled program list and can apply for the unfilled slots. Three rounds of SOAP occur, and it ends on Thursday, March 14th, 2019. On Friday, March 15th, 2019: Matched applicants will find out which program they have matched to!

We hope this helps!! Please keep asking questions and we'll be happy to answer. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and good luck for the upcoming Match!!!

USMLESarthi

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Default Hello everyone!!

Just a reminder: You can start purchasing ERAS tokens in less than a week for the 2019 residency match!!

Some of you are active on our Facebook group and asked questions in the comment section of Dr. Raja Chandra's post. We're happy to inform you that he answered all of your questions in a webinar! The video of the webinar is now available on YouTube, divided into 2 parts.

Links:

Part 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W5Eb_PaXFI

Part 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9f2NT2I-Vw

Dr. Raja Chandra is a physician on our panel who is a foreign medical graduate and a soon-to-be 3rd-year resident in internal medicine at NYMC Westchester Medical Center in New York. He has been an incredible source of guidance for international medical graduates and even created a 70-page document on the match journey for future applicants after he matched. We hope you find the videos from this webinar helpful!!

Also, several senior applicants and current residents/physicians have provided tips and advice regarding opportunities for observerships/externships/research in the US. We created a comprehensive list of these opportunities, based on their inputs. Please see this YouTube video for steps on how to create a free account on letshelpimgs.com and download our compiled list!!

We hope this helps!! Please keep asking questions and we'll be happy to answer. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and good luck for the upcoming Match!!!

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Its time to be excited - ERAS 2019 tokens are now available!

The next batch of residency prep classes for USMLE Sarthi starts this Sunday, June 24!!! We provide comprehensive coaching and guidance on PS, CV, interview preparation and all related aspects of the match. Hurry and register before spots get filled! Platinum members can start right away with their physician mentors.

Our first set of classes focuses on the PS, CV and ERAS application basics. This class also demonstrates how to sell your unique profile and stand out from other applicants!

All classes are divided into two parts. The first part consists of highly interactive, live online group classes. During the second part, our team works one-on-one with every student to provide feedback and customize your application and PS. We have American journalists on our panel as well, and they will work on your application and PS to ensure that the best practices of the English writing are followed (proper grammar, sentence structure, etc).

For curriculum, follow this link: https://www.usmlesarthi.com/classes.html

You can also check out an overview of the classes here: https://www.usmlesarthi.com/sarthire...chservices.ht

If you need more information, just call or text 602-668-0653. Also, please visit our website for more information and faculty profiles!!
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Hi,
I need help drafting an MSPE as an Indian IMG. There used to be a draft online from an Indian student. But the website shut down. The other samples I've found are for US Med schools which isn't a lot of help for an Indian student.

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