I’m applying for 2018 match, and I have some advice for You because I didn’t know much of this information about the match before this time. This article is mainly for the IMGs like me.
🎯 Please make your aim to score 240 and above in both step 1 and step 2, also you should try to pass in the first attempt.
💉 Don’t wait until you finish your exams to have experience in the US, use the visa you get for the cs if they give you enough time at the airport, and apply for observerships at the same time, you should first try hospitals and hospitals that have residency programs are the best places to get experience, there are posts about the hospitals that you can apply to but if you want the best way, talk to few of your friends and make a team to divide the work, then go to Freida online and search for residency programs by each state, then the info from the website about observership. If it’s possible, get the email of the coordinator and send them an email asking about observership, they might give you a spot after a year; so plan ahead because LORs matter, it’s always better from a faculty doctor; also it is known that hospitals send interviews to people who observe with them, if you can’t then do it in a private hospital or clinic.
📑 Gaps, there should not be a gap in your application, always do something medical even if it’s one day a week
📅 Year of graduation matters, try to be within 5 years, if you are not you still have a chance but less than others.
💳 Status: green card holders and of course citizens are much preferred than a visa, even with lower scores.
🤝 MAKE CONNECTIONS: search for anyone from your home country or medical school, they might be able to assist you, don’t be shy, and ask for help. You can have 260+ but they might not open your application because they have already filled their interview slots.
I didn’t do any USCE in a hospital because I didn’t do the approach that I mentioned and All of my LORs are from private physicians.
All of the above points you should aim for, if you cannot you still have a good chance, BUT WE DON’T WANT A CHANCE, WE WANT TO MATCH.
Dr. Ahmed Ag