Perfect matched, if you mean match to your dream program, then you need the following:
1- high scores, traditionally double if not triple 99
2- at least one US LOR and one strong Home-based LOR from a faculty who knows your real clinical skills and interaction manners
3- US LOR better to be taken from a faculty in a residency program and it will be better if from a university program (although not generally necessary)
4- write a real personal statement reflecting yourself, in your own words and expressions. PDs can easily know when interviewing you if this PS is yours or if somebody else wrote it for you.
5- Don't risk by applying only to dream programs, you need to keep the backdoors opened, no!! APPLY WIDELY and to more than one specialty.
Wouldn't it be a negative for one to apply to more than one specialty? In other words, wouldn't the program directors see such an applicant as confused and unsettled? Looks to me like pursuing two birds and catching none. Please elucidate.5- Don't risk by applying only to dream programs, you need to keep the backdoors opened, no!! APPLY WIDELY and to more than one specialty.
PDs are trying to make a risk-free selections for match, especially that last year many of them were giving prematches for competitive applicants. If your scores are very high and you are a fresh graduate you may still get few interviews without CS and USCE inparticular if you applied on Sept 1st. But I don't advice you to take this risk and delay your CS because if you , God forbid, failed CS during the match, you will have been lost then all the applications and registration fees (including interviews and travels) you paid for match which in low average may reach 10000$. Try to take CS before the match to avoid applying purposely to a costy match.
I was answering a very specific question asked by silakan_isi:
"BEST" & "PERFECTLY MATCHED"
these criteria I mentioned has nothing to do with the regular match or applicants, we are speaking here about those who are planning for a riskless match game. I know many people with low 80s scores and no USCE got matched, although most of them have no visa requirements.
Double 99 is not a requirement and nobody will be doomed, but for a decent number of interviews and PERFECTLY matched you need them.
PDs will never know that you are applying to different specialties, WHY?
1-on the ERAS system you can assign each specialty a different personal statement and even you can assign each program a different PS, ie you can upload from your computer to your MyEras account as many as PSs you want, and the PD will see only one PS.
2-You can send to ECFMG/ERAS as many LORs as you want in many specialties, however the PDs will only see the max 4 LOs you will assign to them through your eras account. ie they don't have access to your other LORs.
3-You will not tell the PDs during the IVs that you are applying to other specialties.
4-You will be taking safety measures, ie Don't apply to different specialties in the same hospital.
If you don't have contacts in the programs it will be difficult, but you may relatively more easier find a prelim surgery position, the scramble list of which is present on my blogspot. These programs usually takes IMGs thru scramble. I hope you will get matched PERFECTLY thru the regular match.ok if i will apply for scramble then is it impossible to get residency or chances are very low? I ve heard that scramble is useless for IMGs ?
ThanksOh ApplicantGuide you are so helpful. I have a strange story.
I want to do electives next year but tell now I did not decide which specialty is suitable for me...I think I have to make 1 month in internal medicine & 1 month in surgery, It would be better than 2 months in a one specialty,wouldn't it?
By the way, I have U.S citizenship so I do not need visa sponsoring programs.
I heard that Program directors will not be interested in me when they find that I did two different electives.
I am scared that they will know that from CV or LORs...
Could you tell me how I will put my electives in ERAS or ECFMG to avoid that?
(Could you tell me how is the normal way to send them to ECFMG or ERAS?)