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    EpsteinBV is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Shelf exams important for residency ?

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    I know that the shelf exam score its self is not seen by the residency programs
    But I'm wondering if it's important for residency programs to see that I graduated from a school that has shelf exams for the rotations
    anyone knows something about this ?

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    Its highly doubtful they care. You'll be in the IMG/FMG pile which is probably arranged in order of decreasing USMLE score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by axiomofchoice View Post
    Its highly doubtful they care. You'll be in the IMG/FMG pile which is probably arranged in order of decreasing USMLE score.
    Axiom is correct. What the programs decide on is transparent: the NRMP (who runs the residency match) has polled program directors.

    http://www.nrmp.org/data/programresu...cialty2012.pdf - go to page 6.

    From my experience:

    Usually the first "filter" used by programs sifting through applicants in the IMG pool is either Citizenship (will this person need a visa) or USMLE Step I score. Some programs have a cutoff below which they will not look at applicants, other programs will only want people who passed on the first attempt, and some programs don't care as long as you passed Step I and II.
    Your Step II score (though not "required" for application, IS pretty much needed to get a look as an IMG) would probably be the next thing they would look at - this is more to see consistency; if you scored in the same area, even if a little lower, it is good - if you really aced it, it would certainly help, but is often not seen as a game changer in your application strength.

    Once you are "in" (have been offered an interview) things like medical school performance (more global - overall GPA, basic sciences V clinical work, repeats, etc. *not specifically how you did on X,Y,Z exam/course*), letters of recommendation, research/publications, post-graduate degrees*, electives in the field of interest, etc. will come in to play. Those are all things that you will have to use to YOUR advantage during your interview to leave a lasting and good impression on the selection committee - however, when it comes to choosing WHO gets an interview, I think the greatest factors are your basic paper application - school of graduation, citizenship, Step I, Step II.
    "Every silver lining's got a touch of grey"

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