Part of the reason you're not running into them is that some programs are more IMG-oriented than others. Wayne State for instance has a history of taking 2 IMGs to 1 AMG per year. And I know of only one other person on this forum who interviewed there.trent05 said:How did IMG's fair this interview season. I was suprised to only see a few on the trail. If 2/3 of those applying to path are IMG, then where art thou?
Well, that is half the storytrent05 said:Okay Deschutes you are Canadian but I consider that only half IMG.
Now watch you match at #1. And you will party party party party party. Your friends will go to sleep. But you'll still be rawkin!deschutes said:My Step 1 score was below 220/90, but not by much. I didn't have Step 2 scores at the time of application and still don't. I did have 4 good LORs, though I still think the one I was counting on could have been stronger. One poster at a national meet, and one at the recent USCAP - though that was too late to put in my application.
I got a call from my top ranked program saying "We hope to see you here in July", whatever that meant.
So we'll see on March 14 how much they like me.
Bottomline: You never know till you try.
Barring programs that filter out IMG's in the Match, I think it's hard to overestimate the value of a strong US LoR.flindophile said:I will be going through this process next year. I am a USIMG studying in Australia (U of Sydney) and a US citizen. What kind of board scores are required to get interviews at reasonable university programs?
Also, how important is it to have pathology experience in the US? I can do a rotation in Australia; however, it will be very difficult for me to arrange a rotation in the US (but I can do so if it is essential).
Any other advice?
I'm in a Canadian school which operates on the Pass/Fail system, so I can empathize. I knew working on my grades would not show - and besides, I am not capable of that sort of sustained effort at the books. I took Step 1 halfway through 2nd year - I would like to have aced it, but was more concerned with passing.flindophile said:Further, all grading is P/F so, unlike the US, there is no butt kissing and jockeying for position during the clinical years.
Yes, citizenship creates one less hurdle to overcome, so would certainly be a plus. However, the "IMG friendly" programs (such as NYU) are generally willing to help out, if you're who they want.deschutes said:You have one thing working for you, and that is the fact that you are a US citizen. USIMGs do not require J-1 visas - and one can easily imagine that the lack of immigration paperwork is appealing to certain PDs.
Exactly. Any perceived potential problems for the program will eventually make themselves felt by the resident.PathOne said:The real problem with visa-issues is for the resident, not the program.