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    anyone applying for anesthesia or radiology? how are the interviews coming? any adivice for 2010 applicants?

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    marcus "the gun" pupil is offline Member 510 points
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    I am applying this year for rads. Interviews are going well ( in double digits, thank God). Advice? the higher your board scores the better. I had a post earlier that talked about this.
    There is a lot of gossip in these forums. So I like to keep it fair and balanced

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    how were your scores (if you dont mind). i have a 245+. is it enough for rads? i hear both anesthesia and rads are getting very competitive

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    What is a 245+? Like a 246? LOL either way thats a great score, you should fare pretty well for a carib in rads and/or anesthesia, kill the CK and you're on your way. Best of luck to everyone! Keep us updated on yall's success stories
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    marcus "the gun" pupil is offline Member 510 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenofspades11 View Post
    how were your scores (if you dont mind). i have a 245+. is it enough for rads? i hear both anesthesia and rads are getting very competitive
    I had a post a while ago with my exam experience and my score. 245+ is great for rads. Try to do the same or better on step 2 and you are well on your way. Make sure you tighten all the nuts and bolts in your application all the way down to your hobbies. I had some research and a couple of pubs, but I think that only helped net 2 extra ivs (but I might be wrong). They are most concerned with board scores, not even so much your GPA (but if your GPA is great then even better). Also I had 4 great letters; 2 from rads, 1 from IM and one research. Two were chairman letters from people who knew me well. This year was ultra competitive with rads applications up 15-20% (I talked to several PDs at my interviews and my rejection emails said so). Several US schools have twice as many people applying and people are applying to more programs. My app is pretty strong and I was thankful to have netted a rack of ivs (thank GOd), but I think it might not be as competitive as it is now when you are ready to apply (I think it is cyclical). Make sure you get letters from people who know you well. But with all that said, a 99, 99 will get you into a lot of doors. In fact some programs that were historically taking AMG's with subpar profiles were having high fail rates in their boards and decided to start taking superstar IMG's, hence, i think, the reason for my school's recent great performance in the rads match.
    There is a lot of gossip in these forums. So I like to keep it fair and balanced

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    If you're stuck between two specialities like anesthesiology and radiology, it's better to consider all the pros and cons. The anaesthesia residencies are shorter, easier to match and get the desired location, more hands-on procedures and physiology courses. The drawbacks here are worse hours and less autonomy. Radiology, on the other hand, has a good mix of procedures and reading scans, and you can spend a lot of time talking to other doctors. Yet, this residency is longer, it's harder to get in and you will probably spend much time in front of the computer.

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    The advice is good, but the last post came nearly 11 years ago - 6 months after I matched into radiology, and I've been an attending for 5 years. Here's hoping they'd already reached a decision.
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