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* Should I give up?
  xyzabcanon - 03/14/19 13:05
  Dear doctors,

I want to know if I should give up now? I have been applying since last 7 years in FM and psych, My credentials are:

YOG: 2009, US citizen IMG
step 1: 20x (1st attempt)
step 2: 20x (1st attempt)
CS: passed on 1st attempt
step 3: 19x (2nd attempt)
Got USCE and good LOR's from US physicians by volunteering, externships, research in clinics and medical centers. Have 5+ publications and posters.
2017- did MS degree from Yale and got LOR from chairman for eras. Only got 1 interview.
Every year I apply, I only get 1-2 interviews only but fail to match. This year I got 0 interviews.
Currently working in research setting.

Is it time to give up?

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*  ”Are we ‘Cooking hamburgers, here…’ ?”
  practicingmd2019 - 03/23/19 15:41
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I do not know about you…but an IMG’s passage of the USMLE with a first attempt high score, for almost anyone with reasonable (1 year) US clinical experience, creates a 70-85% chance of matching in a primary care residency in the USA. Failure, will seriously reduce those numbers…We are not ‘looking for hot dogs or hamburgers here…, ‘ in order to get their (Amazon?) ratings. The people that write very unusual and unverified information on these fora, appear to not have any “idea what they are talking about...“ (‘blind leading the blind???...’).
They also fail to realize that given the above-described importance of the USMLE, and clinical experience with good letters of recommendation, that these credentials are very likely (add Spanish speaking, and research, and grad degrees etc) to lead to jobs that will start at $130K, and escalate very quickly-with 4-5 years of practice experience- to $180-$240+k per annum in total compensation packages.
In light of the above overall circumstance, I strongly advise you to view an IMG- friend’s (Now a PGY-V) ‘real story-‘ 187,387+ views-(FULL-BLOWN WORK-UP)- blog with the keywords’ search terms provided below (along with a topical index). GL and GB YOU..


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