Originally Posted by turundu
Difficult not impossible. I personally know two Mexican MDs who ended up matching in academic ENT programs last year (Hopkins and OHSU). Both of them:
- Were top 1-2% of MS class.
- Rotated in the US (clerkships) during 4-6 months.
- Scored >238 in Step 1 & 2.
- Had > 4 peer-reviewed pubs (original articles and a couple of letters)
- Researched for 2 years at prestigious institutions.
- Presented at a National meeting
- Had some research/academic awards
- Had AWESOME letters from mentors/PIs commenting on their clinical and research abilities.
- Were involved with leadership/voluntary activities.
There's always time to start working on it, if your aim is high you should pursue it.
Thanks for your reply. It's clear that for worthwhile and conclusive research it's better to take a year or so off and really get into it. During school, breaks are never long enough to do something out of this world. I did co-author an article and it's abstract with my PI during the 2 month break i had but it was COPD research (that's all i was able to get). I hope to try and get into clinical surgery research once MS-3 starts. As of now, breaks are very short.
In your opinion, before cores start, is it useful to do month long observerships? What impactful can be done in a 6 week break in MS-2 ?