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    Is it hard to "match" in California?

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    In term of our students' home state, California is the #1 most represented. How come there aren't as many residency spot obtain by our alumni there? I looked at the most recent match list, and there are a little over 10 grads that got a residency there. NY and NJ account for the majority of the matches. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotdog View Post
    In term of our students' home state, California is the #1 most represented. How come there aren't as many residency spot obtain by our alumni there? I looked at the most recent match list, and there are a little over 10 grads that got a residency there. NY and NJ account for the majority of the matches. Any ideas?
    well, simply, its because its hard. Cali is not IMG freindly. Many programs want the PTAL (aka the Cali letter) when you are interviewing- and you can't get that until you have received your diploma, so...you essentially have to graduate before Dec so you can have the PTAL before you interview...

    that's not to say that programs won't interview you, but the numbers are few...

    NY and NJ are both highly represented, 1- because the sheer number of residencies IN NY ans NJ, esp NY!! and since many of the students rotate through NY and NJ hospitals, they know the students- and that can make a big difference- if they know you and you are a team player and hard worker, that can carry you even if your scores are that great.
    2. while cali represents the most number from one state, when you combine the number of students from NJ and NY, its still a considerable number and many want to stay in the area for residency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokshana View Post
    well, simply, its because its hard. Cali is not IMG freindly. Many programs want the PTAL (aka the Cali letter) when you are interviewing- and you can't get that until you have received your diploma, so...you essentially have to graduate before Dec so you can have the PTAL before you interview...
    That's bad news for me.

    Anyone have any info on how a CA resident can get back to his/her state and get certified after doing his/her residency in another state (let's say NY)? What are the chances / how hard is it?

    I've heard that AUC (American Univ. of Carib) students are treated better than us in CA, is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotdog View Post
    That's bad news for me.

    Anyone have any info on how a CA resident can get back to his/her state and get certified after doing his/her residency in another state (let's say NY)? What are the chances / how hard is it?

    I've heard that AUC (American Univ. of Carib) students are treated better than us in CA, is that true?

    going back to practice is probably not as hard as getting a residency, but you need to get L6s for all your rotations and get the PTAL later (and 505 bucks poorer)

    i think AUC may have it relatively easier, just because they have more students at Kern and other cali hospitals, but still probably not overwhelmingly better.
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    Thanks for all the inputs and info rokshana

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