Total crap. unworthy of comment.
Several points are true but they are exaggerated a little bit.I just came across a post on a different site and was wondering if any part of it is true?? .....
If you look a that file you will find that IMGs across ALL sorts of score ranges get accepted into the programs. Dont take my word for it, there were many people with >250 on S1 who did NOT match into Family medicine as well. While an IMGs with a score less than 210 matched into plastic surgery.I do admit that some of the points of the original poster are a bit overstated, but he does bring up some really good points. For me the take home message is that getting a 99 is not what it used to be. With the steady increase of averages of usmle scores, and the unexplained reasons why a 99 now can correlate with a 3 digit score as low as 229, makes getting a 99 on the 2 digit scale less elite. Especially since the Scores are negatively skewed (mean<median<mode), which means that the average student (the median) scores higher than the stated average.
Competition is rising every year, and as an IMG we would be less likely to be chosen, unless we really stand out. While I don't think any real people get a 270, it makes sense that we should make this the new target, since the target of getting a 99 is not going to be the magic ticket to make all of our dreams come true.
Thanks for the warning dali89, since I am sure most of thing that if we get back to back 99s we will have our choice of any program we want, which is not true. I hope you the best luck in matching in the following year, and think it is prudent for you to apply to programs that do give you interviews, even if they arent on your initial list of desired university programs.
In reference to the outcomes for 2009 we need to keep in mind that the people who matched in 2009 must have taken step 1 in 2007. Scores go up every year, so we need to plan to be competitive with the rising standards of the future. According to Kaplan only 42% of IMGs matched in 2010 for a first year residency. Of course IMGs on average score much lower than AMGs but still our scores will be the main thing that will give us a fighting chance. Also as far as step 2 goes, the mean is right around 230/99, so scoring higher there will be imperative.
Best of luck to everyone, and Thanks dali for the insight. If it is a rough job market out there, I would rather know about it while i can still do something about it.
I am really sorry but you are using the wrong graph here - clearly this is the "Doctors in training " students graph of THIER students , please have a look and see the MEAN for this curve... a freaking 235.... Can you please provide a picture of the real distribution so we may have a discussion? Im attaching one from usmlestep.comSorry for nitpicking, ........which is so commonly misused in place of the two digit score of 99.