hello steptaker, can u tell where did they get matched, in which field one with research and other without, any thing more u could add as where do most applicant get match as per research/USCE.I think for IMGs the best thing is to get US clinical experience specially for fresh grads
However, it can be argued that participating in a research project (in USA) can be as well considered as US clinical experience.
Some case examples:
My IMG friend had research back in his home country published in a peer reviewed journal and got a match without doing USCE.
My other IMG friend did USCE and had no research what so ever in his CV and she was also matched easily.
also one thing what do i need to apply for research experience in US?