I know that from reading the title of the thread you'd be thinking ooh what this guy is saying?
But let me tell you a story that happened right in front of me and it will explain what am saying.
My friend is a Christian but comes from my country which has Muslims as the majority. But he's unfortunate that his name is looking like Muslim (I cannot disclose his name for privacy issues).
He's got 99 in step1, 99 in step2, 93 in step3, and CS pass. All from first attempt.
He has only 4 years after graduation.
He has research, publications, and even US externship.
He is a green card holder and he has no need for a Visa.
So he applied for the match last year 2008. He got 3 interviews and he was not matched.
This year he legally changed his name in US courts.
Applied for the match, and so far he got 18 Interviews!!!
Nothing has changed in his CV, he's working as a pharmacy assistant and he added no LORs, no more externship, in fact he got older one year and a wider gap since graduation.
I leave the moral of the story for you to deduce.