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    Desperate husband of a Pathology applicant needs help!

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    Hello everyone,

    My wife is an IMG applying for Pathology at the US. The problem is that she is somewhat anxious at the moment at the small feedback she has received from the programs she has applied to. So far she has received to interview invitations and around 6 rejections. The rest remain silent.

    As much as I have soothed her all through the process to keep her focused it is becoming almost an impossible mission. I just switched jobs last week and this has made my days quite an adventure by themselves. So now even I, the unbrakeable optimist is beginning to get anxious about her applications.

    She finished sending ALL of the docs on mid October, when she applied for most of the programs she selected. She has Step 1 85 and a 95 on Step 2. She spent a year at the Methodist Hospital at San Antonio on rotations. Her letters of recomendation are from a couple of USA doctors who she worked with back then and one from her current Pathology director. She is finishing her first year of residency here in Mexico. Her transcripts are good I guess, she got a 94/100 in Medical School. Her personal statement should be quite solid. It was reviewed by Englis teachers for grammar, spelling and coherence as well as by a Pthologist in the US who was in charge of a program before.

    So, even though I know that nothing I tell her will make it better or ease her anxiousness, I do want to know:

    Is this normal?
    Did she apply too late?
    Is she just a candidate that isn't that attractive?

    Please advise, I am becoming quite frustrated myself.


    Cheers!
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    This are my stats:

    I apply on Oct. 30th to 35 IM programs!!
    My stats are:
    From a Central America medical school
    Totally FMG - need visa
    Step 1 92/227
    Step 2 CK 99/253
    have ECFMG certificate already!
    2 LOR from American Doctors and 2 from Doctor of my country...all of them pretty strong.
    Some research in my country. Now 3 years out of medschool.

    I have received 4 rejections and only one interview!! and applying to IM! So, your Thread made me feel less lonely really. Maybe things will get better in the next 2 weeks. Maybe this is normal!! I'll like that someone with similar stats that did this process last year will reply this message....it this really normal????
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    Quote Originally Posted by goofilin View Post
    Hello everyone,

    My wife is an IMG applying for Pathology at the US. The problem is that she is somewhat anxious at the moment at the small feedback she has received from the programs she has applied to. So far she has received to interview invitations and around 6 rejections. The rest remain silent.

    As much as I have soothed her all through the process to keep her focused it is becoming almost an impossible mission. I just switched jobs last week and this has made my days quite an adventure by themselves. So now even I, the unbrakeable optimist is beginning to get anxious about her applications.

    She finished sending ALL of the docs on mid October, when she applied for most of the programs she selected. She has Step 1 85 and a 95 on Step 2. She spent a year at the Methodist Hospital at San Antonio on rotations. Her letters of recomendation are from a couple of USA doctors who she worked with back then and one from her current Pathology director. She is finishing her first year of residency here in Mexico. Her transcripts are good I guess, she got a 94/100 in Medical School. Her personal statement should be quite solid. It was reviewed by Englis teachers for grammar, spelling and coherence as well as by a Pthologist in the US who was in charge of a program before.

    So, even though I know that nothing I tell her will make it better or ease her anxiousness, I do want to know:

    Is this normal?
    Did she apply too late?
    Is she just a candidate that isn't that attractive?

    Please advise, I am becoming quite frustrated myself.


    Cheers!
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    I feel her pain. I am an IMG myself, with worse scores. 78 on step 1, 99 on step 2, passed CS and ECFMG certified all first attempts, applied to 35 path programs by mid october, no US experience and the last time i did path was in med school but i have a real interest in forensic pathology. have had about 4 rejections so far and everyone else has been silent, i was wondering if it was only me that was getting the silent treatment. All i can say is hang in there cos that is what i am doing too. Hopefully when people start cancelling interviews then spots will open up for us IMGs. I am a jamaican graduate by the way. Keep the faith...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goofilin View Post
    Hello everyone,

    My wife is an IMG applying for Pathology at the US. The problem is that she is somewhat anxious at the moment at the small feedback she has received from the programs she has applied to. So far she has received to interview invitations and around 6 rejections. The rest remain silent.

    As much as I have soothed her all through the process to keep her focused it is becoming almost an impossible mission. I just switched jobs last week and this has made my days quite an adventure by themselves. So now even I, the unbrakeable optimist is beginning to get anxious about her applications.

    She finished sending ALL of the docs on mid October, when she applied for most of the programs she selected. She has Step 1 85 and a 95 on Step 2. She spent a year at the Methodist Hospital at San Antonio on rotations. Her letters of recomendation are from a couple of USA doctors who she worked with back then and one from her current Pathology director. She is finishing her first year of residency here in Mexico. Her transcripts are good I guess, she got a 94/100 in Medical School. Her personal statement should be quite solid. It was reviewed by Englis teachers for grammar, spelling and coherence as well as by a Pthologist in the US who was in charge of a program before.

    So, even though I know that nothing I tell her will make it better or ease her anxiousness, I do want to know:

    Is this normal?
    Did she apply too late?
    Is she just a candidate that isn't that attractive?

    Please advise, I am becoming quite frustrated myself.


    Cheers!
    *****
    How many programs did she apply to? Were they community or university based? How many fellowships do they offer? These questions might give you an idea of how competitive the programs are she applied to.

    My husband also submitted his Path applications mid-October. Thus far he's only heard from 1/2 of the programs. So, I'd say it's pretty common to not hear from programs for a while. Some programs are probably still looking through applications since the MSPE deadline, while others have already given out application spots and are waiting for cancellations in order to invite more people for interviews.

    I can empathize with you regarding the difficulty of being a supportive spouse through this stressful process. In the end it will all be worth this and just think it's only 3 more months until the rank order list is due.

    Hang in there!

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    I am wondering if you guys applied a bit late? My husband was in the match last year, and he submitted all his applications like within the 1st week of Sept. I had an impression that IMG should apply real early. He got some interviews in september last year. He applied to lots of program, and majority were silent, not sending invitation nor rejections. He matched last year. He applied to different specialties though. But his stat was 99 on both steps.

    Also, it is more difficult if you need visa.

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    Well, my husband transferred from a Caribbean school to a U.S. school so I don't think it was quite as crucial to try and get applications in by Sept. 1st; besides my husband was trying to weed through his interests by comparing several electives before he applied.

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    Hello everyone and thanks for the replies.

    Well she applied like to 60+ programs and a combination from the best (Seattle) to General Hospitals. Her main focus was middle level programs.

    I forgot to mention that she failed her first try in the step 1, so I guess this is hitting her.

    She has just received another interview invite today from a program she really liked and ranked as top 3, so that at least eases on the pressure off. Let's see what happens.


    THANKS!
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    Just curious. I'm applying this year as couples match. But my G/f is still attempting to take the Step 2ck. Any one know how the couples match works? and am i hurting my chances if she doesn't get her scores in on time? Also can i change my couple match status? I have yet to apply for NMRP. i believe the deadline is dec. 1 before the additional late fee's. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks in advance.

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    Couples match

    Quote Originally Posted by kparikh82276 View Post
    Just curious. I'm applying this year as couples match. But my G/f is still attempting to take the Step 2ck. Any one know how the couples match works? and am i hurting my chances if she doesn't get her scores in on time? Also can i change my couple match status? I have yet to apply for NMRP. i believe the deadline is dec. 1 before the additional late fee's. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks in advance.
    Go ahead and get on NMRP for both of you. I am doing couples match as well. A word of warning, when you sign up for NMRP you have to go BACK and link yourself up with your partner. It does not happen automatically and just discovered this in the past couple of days myself. Make sure that you are both listed on both profiles.

    Second, if your girlfriend does not get her passing scores back by the ROL deadline which is Feb 20th.... don't wait this long - I would set a Feb 1st deadline for myself and herself. Then YOU must uncouple from her at once. Otherwise I do believe you are both subject to being withdrawn from the match. I know she will take you with her out of the match. You can always uncouple after December 1st, but coupling after December 1st might pose a problem.

    The couples match is a all or none situation. However, you can rank order list a person to go unmatched. To be safe uncouple yourself because if her scores are not reported by at least Feb 10th or so then she is gone from the match and you need to uncouple yourself.

    You might want to contact the programs you have applied to as well because some are looking for couples and will be ranking a dead file.

    Hope this helps... I know it is confusing. What speciality or specialities are you both applying to.

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    I didnt catch the match for this year but a couple of friends are doing this process now, and What I can say is that It is a really stresful processl!!!!

    As Eritrocito said scores is not the only thing that they look at, as him I have a friend with impressive scores and has rejections and I couldt understand it why?!!!
    So, So far that I know is that as and IMG you have to be more competitive than the average US med students. Besides good scores (above 90 in both) they see the year of graduation, if you have US clinical experience, your inmigration status and what visa do you need and I think other things as the personal statement . As crazy as it sounds the PS is the only way that they have an vague impression of who you are and how will you do as a worker and as a team member of their program....
    Well at this moment I ll have to wait until next year and see the things in a hole different experience...
    Best wishes to all
    And dont loose the faith.......
    Elektra

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