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    IMG who wants to match into an Orthopedic residency, PLEASE HELP

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    I am an International medical student and I wanna do Orthopedic Trauma Surgery. To get there I would need to do an ortho residency and then a fellowship in orthopedic trauma. So being an IMG I know how SLIM my chances are of getting into an ortho residency straight after graduating from a third-tier med school with practically no US clinical experience. Do you think the smart way to go would be to try and match into something like Emergency Medicine (which would be relatively easier to get into) and do that for 2 years then go through the match again and try to score an ortho residency? I know some might consider this a "waste of time" but I'm graduating at 22 by the way, so I am in no rush and I don't want to give up on my dream of ultimately becoming an orthopedic trauma surgeon. What do you guys think?
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    What do you mean by 3rd tier medical school? Are you an IMG or FMG?

    I don't see how ER would help you get into ortho. You're better off going to a high power ortho place (like Mayo) as a research fellow. Several years of that should get you some connections and substantial publications.

    Assuming of course everything else is in place. (graduate with honors or whatever you have at your school), Steps I,II, III >250 minimum etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by axiomofchoice View Post
    What do you mean by 3rd tier medical school? Are you an IMG or FMG?

    I don't see how ER would help you get into ortho. You're better off going to a high power ortho place (like Mayo) as a research fellow. Several years of that should get you some connections and substantial publications.

    Assuming of course everything else is in place. (graduate with honors or whatever you have at your school), Steps I,II, III >250 minimum etc
    Sorry forgot to say non-US IMG i.e. FMG. Thanks for the answer

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    Traumatology is a straight-up residency -- without orthopedics as an initial requirement -- in some parts of Europe (I have friends who are in that training in Switzerland right now), but I am assuming you want to work in the US?

    I agree with the above, EM is 1) not all that easy to get anymore and 2) not going to grease many skids into orthopedics. Ortho research (as axiomofchoice mentioned above) could help, iff the other pieces are all in play. I would add that for ortho you need to interview exceptionally well and probably fit in with the North American ortho "type." It is an uphill battle for a non-citizen, no doubt about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Traumatology is a straight-up residency -- without orthopedics as an initial requirement -- in some parts of Europe (I have friends who are in that training in Switzerland right now), but I am assuming you want to work in the US?

    I agree with the above, EM is 1) not all that easy to get anymore and 2) not going to grease many skids into orthopedics. Ortho research (as axiomofchoice mentioned above) could help, iff the other pieces are all in play. I would add that for ortho you need to interview exceptionally well and probably fit in with the North American ortho "type." It is an uphill battle for a non-citizen, no doubt about it.
    Yeah, I get you. Thanks for the answer

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