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    bb12490 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    IMG here! A qs regarding LORs!

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    Hello,

    I will take my Step-2 CK in mid september and get my score in October so will apply late in Match 2019, I wanted to ask if it's okay to request my LOR authors to upload the LOR after my CK exam or should I do that now? Is it possible to upload LORs after 15th Spetember? I was thinking of buying the ERAS token and filling out application after my Step 2-CK? Anyone else applying late? Plz Help! TIA

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    Atlantichater is offline Junior Member 512 points
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    As an IMG myself, AUA grad in 2011, who successfully matched in 2012 in Internal Medicine, and one of the PGY-3 residents who sat through and reviewed residency applications with Attending physician oversight, you are already behind the ball and at a significant disadvantage in terms of matching successfully, if you don't apply on September 15th, day 1.

    On day 1, when the NRMP opens for business, hundreds, if not thousands of applications pile in all at once.

    And don't forget, hundreds of applicants already have their ECFMG certificate and possibly in possession of passing USMLE Step 3 scores, which also helps with applicants standing out from the rest of the crowd. Passing Step 3 have programs less worried about the clinical knowledge base of their future residents and it satisfies the requirements of passing it before they reach their PGY-2 year or PGY-3 year.

    If you have an amazing Step 1 score, ask your letter writers now to formulate a great LOR so that way it can be ready on Sept 15th for upload. That's almost 3 weeks from now. More than enough time for them to have something ready.

    The residency interview selection process is a first come, first served standard operating procedure at most places. If they come across amazing applicants within the first few months (Sept - Oct), all of the the interview spots (Sept to January/February) may be taken and filled by this applicant pool.

    Once the residency program has filled their interview spot quota, they select alternates from a wait list, if anyone cancels prior to their scheduled interview date.

    I applied late my first time around in October and got shut out completely. I wasted thousands of dollars in applications.

    Once I reapplied on day 1 the following year, with my ECFMG certificate and a passing USMLE Step 3 score under my belt, I got several interviews within weeks.

    Unfortunately, with the application climate reaching super competitive stratospheric levels, you need to take advantage of this strategy when applying on Sept 15th.


    If you're really late in the process, the only way you can have a chance of being selected for an interview is personally knowing the chief residents and/or teaching Attendings involved in the candidate application process during your clinical clerkships, including Sub-internships.

    I'm glad I'm not involved in that rat race anymore.

    As a practicing IM Attending for 3 years, its been a long road, with huge personal sacrifices along the way, to reach this point in my career and life.

    I'm sure it's the same for you.

    Good luck
    Last edited by Atlantichater; 08-26-2018 at 10:29 PM.

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    lightningstrike is offline Junior Member 520 points
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    Agree with the above. Very very poor decision to apply in October or later.

    You should either apply September 15 or don't at all. A late CK score means you should wait another year to apply, unless your step 1 score is phenomenal.

    I matched this year as an IMG, and had more than 70% of my interview offers by Mid-october. LORs need to be in before October 1st as the MSPE is reviewed on October 1st and that is when invites start to really be handed out.

    Shoot me and message if you have any questions.
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