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    Hello!

    I am writing this to get some word of wisdom on how to proceed further with my residency application preparation. Below are my details

    1. IMG (non caribbean grad) with year of graduation - 2011
    2. USMLE scores - 204 (Step 1), 220 (Step 2), CS Passed first attempt, Step 3 complete
    3. Observership for 3 months (pediatrics) in a university hospital and 2 months (pediatrics and IM) in a private clinic
    4. US permanent resident.

    I would like to match in pediatrics. I applied for around 150 PEDS and 50 FM in 2016 match. I got two interviews in PEDS and could not match into either of them. No interviews from FM.

    What should I do to improve my chances for next year?

    Is it worth tying pediatrics by doing some more clinical rotations/observerships in hospitals? Or should I start concentrating on FM assuming pediatrics will never be reachable for me?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coke7 View Post
    Hello!

    I am writing this to get some word of wisdom on how to proceed further with my residency application preparation. Below are my details

    1. IMG (non caribbean grad) with year of graduation - 2011
    2. USMLE scores - 204 (Step 1), 220 (Step 2), CS Passed first attempt, Step 3 complete
    3. Observership for 3 months (pediatrics) in a university hospital and 2 months (pediatrics and IM) in a private clinic
    4. US permanent resident.

    I would like to match in pediatrics. I applied for around 150 PEDS and 50 FM in 2016 match. I got two interviews in PEDS and could not match into either of them. No interviews from FM.

    What should I do to improve my chances for next year?

    Is it worth tying pediatrics by doing some more clinical rotations/observerships in hospitals? Or should I start concentrating on FM assuming pediatrics will never be reachable for me?

    Thanks in advance!
    Not helping with my response here, but from what I understand, there is a cutoff at the 5 yr. mark from your graduation year. Next year you will have 6 yrs since you graduated...
    Is this correct?
    Ross student and I Matched !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleo2015 View Post
    Not helping with my response here, but from what I understand, there is a cutoff at the 5 yr. mark from your graduation year. Next year you will have 6 yrs since you graduated...
    Is this correct?
    Yes, it will be 6 yrs when I apply for next year match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coke7 View Post
    Yes, it will be 6 yrs when I apply for next year match.
    PM me when u get a chance
    Ross student and I Matched !!!!

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    FM and pediatrics is reachable for you. You just have to change your strategy and approach. You have completed all your boards, albeit a low score on Step 1. For this round of application for match try to get some research and published clinical vignette under your belt.

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