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What if we have extensions in medical education ..does it affect our matching chances ..plz explain in detail all the cons if for some reason completion of graduations has taken 3 more extra years .. Do program directors out-rightly reject such applications?
 

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It depends on the reason

It depends on the reason why you had the extended period.

If it was due to academic failure (repeating courses, suspensions, ..etc) then yes that would impact your profile significantly.

If it was due to non-academic reasons (family circumstances, financial hardships, ..etc) then it wouldn't impact your chance much.

But let me tell you one important point here, your USMLE scores will significantly dilute any effects your medical school transcript and degrees have on your overall assessment.

So if you have great USMLE scores they wouldn't bother much about your extended stays at med school.
 

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thank you

Big thank you...
I was preparing at that time for the civil services in India (one of the toughest exams in the world)...and I was among the Toppers in terms of final written examination score.
And also I have official Transcripts to substantiate my reasons.
Is this reason valid enough...ie lateral re entry .
And as you have said I am aiming for 99 ....
have step 1 in June and step 2 CS in July Los Angeles
pls be free to guide me at every step
ty
 

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Great plan

Yes, that's a perfectly valid reason and it won't affect your matching potential. Just make sure to explain it in your CV and ERAS so that PDs they know why you have that delay.

Your plan is looking great and I wish you all the success.

Do post your questions in our forums whenever you feel the need ;)
 

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an extension in medical education due to family problems

I had extension in medical education due to family problems. I was and I am hard working person but at the end of the fourth year in medical school I just stopped learning due to family problems. I could not anymore stay focus. I did not stop attending the school because for enrollment in fifth year I did not have to pass any exam so I decided to stay in the school. I was just there in order not to loss position as a budget student. Then at the end of the last year in medical school my father had motorcycle accident who is now in wheelchair. I had to see a psychiatrist because of family problems and I was on medications for two and half years. Treatment was this long because about the time I was preparing to quit medications father's accident happened. I was not hospitals at any point of treatment. The medications gave me trouble with memory.

I stopped taking them recently and soon after that I started to pass exams regularly with high grades. Would diagnosis of the psychiatrist who treated me would be valid proof?

My goal is getting into neurology residency and I am shooting for 99/260+.
 

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I stopped taking them recently and soon after that I started to pass exams regularly with high grades. Would diagnosis of the psychiatrist who treated me would be valid proof?

My goal is getting into neurology residency and I am shooting for 99/260+.
I am really sorry to hear your story and I wish you all the luck and success.
I think it's better not to tell them of your psychiatric diagnosis. Just tell them that you had family circumstances, but you have to check with your medical school and see if they can approve such a justification because the medical school ultimately has to say what was the reason.
Anyway, even if they mention it was due to psychiatric illness then I think it's a big deal as long as the illness was clearly a brief one and is not a long standing chronic illness.

You will prove yourself by getting high grades, graduating, getting high USMLE Scores, and good US LoRs, all this stuff will help you tremendously wipe away your extension history.
 
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