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    I realize this is far into the distant future, but let's say I wanted to specialize further after completing residency. I'm wondering if going to SGU puts me at a disadvantage?

    Really, what I'm trying to figure out is how do i keep from shooting myself in the foot? So, do I need to score well on the USMLEs so that I can get a good residency, and if i get into a good residency will that make it more likely that I can further specialize? Or is there a plateau in terms of how good of a residency spot I'll end up getting regardless of how well I do on the USMLEs?

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    this has been answered before do a search. but it's all about the USMLE's and about how good you're clinically. If you have the skills, and the board scores to back up those skills you can be whatever doc you want. Going to SGU vs. Going to anyother Carib or foriegn medical school will not hurt you. Now if you had to pick SGU vs. a US school then going to SGU might hurt you, since some residency programs will not take a person who went to a medical school outside the US.
    But do a search don't be lazy, there have been many good posts about this topic.
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    the further away you get from a phase of you life in terms of pedigree, the less it matters, but not completely. highschool matters for college. not really for med school. so med school (not college/hs) counts a lot for residency. less so for fellowship. but still a consideration. there is no formula. do well and you stand a good chance.
    Quote Originally Posted by P-mac View Post
    I realize this is far into the distant future, but let's say I wanted to specialize further after completing residency. I'm wondering if going to SGU puts me at a disadvantage?

    Really, what I'm trying to figure out is how do i keep from shooting myself in the foot? So, do I need to score well on the USMLEs so that I can get a good residency, and if i get into a good residency will that make it more likely that I can further specialize? Or is there a plateau in terms of how good of a residency spot I'll end up getting regardless of how well I do on the USMLEs?
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    do welll on step 1 and during clinical=good shot in getting a good residency

    do well during residency=good shot is getting a good fellowship
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    i'm a pulm/critical care/ sleep fellowship. all fellowships are competitive these days, going to sgu will not hurt you and in some cases may help you. there are a lot of sgu alumni, that after graduating have nice memories (i was dying in my first year).
    the key is to find a residency that has a fellowship that you are interested in b/c it is easier to obtain a position in your home institution (although I'm going a fellowship at a different hospital), the second thing isto work hard and prove that an agu grad is the best grad, third do some research (ie publish an abstract at least). hope this help, but don' worry things will work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulmdoc View Post
    i'm a pulm/critical care/ sleep fellowship. all fellowships are competitive these days, going to sgu will not hurt you and in some cases may help you. there are a lot of sgu alumni, that after graduating have nice memories (i was dying in my first year).
    the key is to find a residency that has a fellowship that you are interested in b/c it is easier to obtain a position in your home institution (although I'm going a fellowship at a different hospital), the second thing isto work hard and prove that an agu grad is the best grad, third do some research (ie publish an abstract at least). hope this help, but don' worry things will work out.
    That was very helpful, thank you.

    Just to give us an idea of how competitive fellowships are, can you tell us how many applied for yours? Care to share your scores?

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    fellowship

    in the fellowship i am in now, there were 2 positions open. i estimate that about 30 were interviewd for each position. I can't guess how many actually applied, but you may get some stats from the freida web site.
    my usmle scores didn't play a role. what they seem to look at is the name of your residency program and research. after making the cut for interviews what mkes a difference is a phone call of support from you letter of reccomendation writer (esp your program director), how you interview as a person (they have to work really closely with you, not like residency), and research interests they have.
    one tip i used is i pubmed each faculty name prior to the interview so i knew their research or lack of research interest prior to each interview. this helped a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulmdoc View Post
    ... one tip i used is i pubmed each faculty name prior to the interview so i knew their research or lack of research interest prior to each interview. this helped a lot.
    This is a good tip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulmdoc View Post
    in the fellowship i am in now, there were 2 positions open. i estimate that about 30 were interviewd for each position. I can't guess how many actually applied, but you may get some stats from the freida web site.
    my usmle scores didn't play a role. what they seem to look at is the name of your residency program and research. after making the cut for interviews what mkes a difference is a phone call of support from you letter of reccomendation writer (esp your program director), how you interview as a person (they have to work really closely with you, not like residency), and research interests they have.
    one tip i used is i pubmed each faculty name prior to the interview so i knew their research or lack of research interest prior to each interview. this helped a lot.
    Again, very helpful. Thank you.

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