Caribbean grad's shot at semi-competitive residencies

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  1. Cuts

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    Let's say one went to a Caribbean med school... let's say it wasn't St. George's or Ross... let's further say that he/she scored in the top 1-percentile on Step 1 and Step 2, and also had strong letters of rec and evals. To top things off, let's say he/she were to write a killer personal statement, and charmed the pants off of any potential interviewers with his/her attitude, interpersonal skills, and overall charisma. Would he/she THEN be in the running for... say, Rads or Anesthesia at a decent program? Or, was enrolling in a Caribbean school way back when a death sentence for "eternity" (i.e. welcome to IM at Ghetto County Hospital!)? Your opinions/experiences would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. rad

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    since when was rads semi-competitive? :confused:
     
  4. dr.evil

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    yeah, good luck on rads. This year it looks to be a pretty brutal match. I think you still have a shot a rads though. I think it will be brutal this year for many because many who are applying are in the bottom half of their class (not all, just more percentage-wise than those in truly competitive specialties).

    Anesthesia is still very achievable. I think the secret is to not be too picky about where you live and what you're looking for.
     
  5. Voxel

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    I'd say you have a chance at lowest tier (AKA Ghetto) radiology programs and have a decent shot at matching into anesthesiology.

    I've seen numbers on various sites that at most 4%-5% of radiology spots went to FMGS. This is 35-40 spots out of 875-900 spots. I have seen no FMGs at mid to upper level programs on the radiology interview trail. Only at low-tier programs did I meet FMGs. Although I hear UMDNJ-Newark/NJMS takes 1-2 stellar FMG radiology residents outside the match, but this is highly unusual and a reflection of that program director's philosophy. You had better be the best FMG in the radiology applicant pool to match there.

    I suspect that anesthesiology in general will become increasingly harder to match over the next few years. So it's hard to predict outside of next year for anesthesiology.

    For radiology, as long as the job market remains hot, the competitiveness should be high. Also take into consideration when you will be applying, it's hard to predict more than 5 years out. All of this does not reflect on the quality of FMG applicants, but just the nature of match, preference for US grads. You will have a definite edge as over other FMGs if you are a US citizen or green card and do not need J1 or H1 sponsorship. Almost no radiology program sponsor residents anymore and those who do are phasing this out and taking mostly US citizens/greencard holders.
     
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    You can see the unmatched positions for 2001 <a href="http://www.scutwork.com/Unfilled/index.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. Most of the unmatched radiology spots are for PGY-2. Anesthesiology had a lot more unmatched residencies.
     
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    Can anyone explain unmatched rads positions at Univ of PA and Barnes Hospital..these are among the most prestigious places in the US ..why would they not match their slots?
     
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    barnes did not match 1/2 research resident positions which are reserved for candidates with significant research interests/experience

    penn ranked too few people
     
  9. Voxel

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    I doubt this will happen this year. I'm sure they've learned their lesson. Also, I'm sure those two spots got filled with very well qualified unmatched US seniors or current surgical/medicine/ER/etc residents. They probably could wait out the year and not take anyone as well.
     
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    Your theoretical person would get a top anesthesiology program and would most likely end up somewhere in rads. Top 1% on both steps is pretty hard to do.
     
  11. Cuts

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    Thanks for the replies everyone... they're encouraging... kind of ("snowball's chance in hell" sound familar? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ). Voxel, did you use the same handle on the medschool.com boards? B/c it seems oddly familiar to me...
     

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