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    Well hello all, we are back... Hopefully this time around will be better. We have received some decent feedback from last year and hope that this year will be the year. My wife is a doctor here in Germany in internal medicine. She is currently working in the Emergency room and scheduled to go to the ICU in January, she has attended a variety of training courses, so hoping that this year of working a an internal medicine doctor and the courses she has taken will make her application process more competitive as a IMG. My wife is a US Resident, has passed the USMLE Step 1 (one time fail), USMLE Step CK and CS both first time passes. She has a couple LORs from the US, but most from here in Germany. She did interview at one hospital in Denver last year. Which, she was never originally offered an interview, however she called to all the hospitals that she applied to and requested to be placed on their wait list. She was placed on this hospitals list and two days later was contacted for an interview. They interviewed 100 people, for 9 slots in Internal Medicine. They ranked her 12, so close.. She has been encouraged by them to re-apply this year. We also are getting some assistance from a Prof from where she did her clerkship in the US, to review her PS and CV, to ensure they are strong.. So, we are not giving up. I recently retired from the US Army, so hoping we can pull on some of those "heart-strings" to get invited for an interview at least. So, any advise for this years match would be most welcome. We applied to 211 programs last year, and many were community based programs. Anyone know of any fast way to sift through and find the IMG friendly hospitals?

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    Oh also forgot to mention obviously she is ECFMG certified and she has completed her PhD, at her interview, she provided a copy of her published PhD.

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    Sounds like you are already doing the right things. Good luck!

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    I am totally pulling for you guys this time around, cdnlager! Wish her "Recht viel Erfolg" from me, will you?

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    So, we are revamping her Personal Statement. Trying to get some guidance of what should and should not be in there, and how long is too long. I would assume they are wanting some information about her as far hobbies, what she likes to do outside of medicine. We wrote her PS as her story, where she came from, what she has done to get where she is, her accomplishments, goals, our situation (retired military, still over here in Germany). I suggest to her to put in hobbies and interests outside of the medical world and maybe even suggest a small summary of a case that fascinated her and maybe made it "click" yes, this is the direction that she wants to go. The PS is about 3 1/2 pages long currently. Also, she explains some of the differences between the German education system and the US. She also explains the circumstances surrounding her USMLE score, here is what we wrote..
    I would like to address my USMLE scores. I am not trying to make excuses, however I would like for you to understand the situation in which my husband and I were in. Within the year and half of me writing the Step 1 USMLE (twice), Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, I was working two part-time jobs with almost full time hours; I had weekly exams for my regular studies as well as preparing for the German State Examinations, my husband and I were planning our wedding and dealing with the possibility of him being transferred back to the United States. I did fail the step 1 USMLE on my first attempt in March 2010, as I was not fully aware of the USMLE testing procedures which are different then the German examinations. I did take the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS passing all from June 2011 thru November 2011. Furthermore because we did not know if we were going to have to move back to the United States, I had to write the USLME’s as soon as possible. I do not believe my scores accurately reflect my knowledge and skills both clinical and theoretical, it has almost been 2 years since I took the last exam and my knowledge and skills have enriched daily due to constant experience and studying.

    Any feedback would be grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnlager24 View Post
    So, we are revamping her Personal Statement. Trying to get some guidance of what should and should not be in there, and how long is too long. I would assume they are wanting some information about her as far hobbies, what she likes to do outside of medicine. We wrote her PS as her story, where she came from, what she has done to get where she is, her accomplishments, goals, our situation (retired military, still over here in Germany). I suggest to her to put in hobbies and interests outside of the medical world and maybe even suggest a small summary of a case that fascinated her and maybe made it "click" yes, this is the direction that she wants to go. The PS is about 3 1/2 pages long currently. Also, she explains some of the differences between the German education system and the US. She also explains the circumstances surrounding her USMLE score, here is what we wrote..
    I would like to address my USMLE scores. I am not trying to make excuses, however I would like for you to understand the situation in which my husband and I were in. Within the year and half of me writing the Step 1 USMLE (twice), Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, I was working two part-time jobs with almost full time hours; I had weekly exams for my regular studies as well as preparing for the German State Examinations, my husband and I were planning our wedding and dealing with the possibility of him being transferred back to the United States. I did fail the step 1 USMLE on my first attempt in March 2010, as I was not fully aware of the USMLE testing procedures which are different then the German examinations. I did take the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS passing all from June 2011 thru November 2011. Furthermore because we did not know if we were going to have to move back to the United States, I had to write the USLME’s as soon as possible. I do not believe my scores accurately reflect my knowledge and skills both clinical and theoretical, it has almost been 2 years since I took the last exam and my knowledge and skills have enriched daily due to constant experience and studying.

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    1st...PS WAAAAY to long...1 page at the most...people get board and frankly are not going to read more than a page per applicant...remember IM programs are sorting through 2-4000 applications to find the 2-600 people that are going to extend on offer of an interview.

    and her "explanation" is just a list of excuses... she is blaming external forces for why she failed...life forces and hardships are there...if she thought they were too much, she should have put off taking the exam...conclusion is she showed poor judgement...didn't know the procedures and the differences between the US and German exams? poor preparation on her part.... she needs to re write it and explain why SHE did poorly...that she misjudged the situation or that SHE took too much on etc and then what she learned form the experience and what she did to make sure she would do it again.
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    Rokshana,

    Thank you for your feedback and suggestions, will certainly revamp with that guidance in mind.

    Again, anyone else have any suggestions, please feel free to share. The PS is something we have not had to do here in Germany, and of course it is not taught during medical school.

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    So, trying to reduce this is a challenge. My wife has accomplished so much.. Prior to Medical school she received her master's degree in Linguistics, during medical school did rotations in Austria and the US, received her PhD in immunology, has been a resident in a German hospital for the past year and half in internal medicine and currently working in the emergency room.
    I imagine don't need to discuss too much of what she has been doing as a resident, as her LORs will cover that.

    But making this one page, is challenging. Any suggestions..

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    Also remember 1 page for PS is with a different formatting.
    A Prog director on Studentdoc forum said in microsoft Word, its "New courier" font, "Size 10", and
    that make sure under Page layout, indent says left 0", right 0", Spacing Before "0 pt", and After "10 pt"
    With that, 1 page ends up being about 1000-1030 words

    Also rather than restating what will already be on her CV, state how acquiring that can add to her, like the masters in linguistics helping her communicate better with patients as a physician. The intl experience in Australia and Germany has opened her up to a multi-dimensional world needed esp as the US transitions to Ocare....something like that.
    Last edited by Dare2dream; 08-12-2013 at 04:54 PM.

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    Dare2Dream,

    Thanks for the advise, this is what he have discussed. It appears a lot of her statement is restating what her CV would say. I am not familiar with the way it formatted.. my wife is more than I. So, we are not just uploading the word document as an attachment, this is something that is "copied and pasted" into ERAS and is formatted under that format as you stated above?

    Thanks again, it is difficult from our perspective because she has not been exposed to a lot of people that are or have applied, so things like this we are kind of in the dark. We have done our research and some say they like to hear a "story" and others say they want to hear experiences.

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