DOs in Radiology

Discussion in 'Radiology' started by michaely, Apr 15, 2002.

  1. michaely

    michaely New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
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    What should you do to increase your chances of being matched into a radiology residency? Do personal contacts help a lot, or are all places filled via the match?

  2. Jim Picotte

    Jim Picotte Senior Member
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    Nov 6, 2001
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    I can only speak for the allopathic radiology programs, and only for about 17 of them in the Midwest but none offered a prematch contract to any DO or FMG. There is an abundance of applicants for radiology so as far as I know they go through the match for all the positions (although some places hold a slot for a person who already has a PhD or is a physician for research).

    The DO radiology programs probably do offer positions outside the DO match.

    Personal contacts are always helpful. Although it pains me to say it, I think the best thing you can do to assure yourself a match in radiology is to score very high on Step I and Step II. There are so many applicants for each spot, most programs screen their applicants for interviews via the Step scores.

    There's a lot of future radiologists in this forum so I'm sure you'll find some help. Also try to find a 4th year at your school the matched into radiology and pick his/her brain. Good luck.
  3. pags

    pags Senior Member
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    Aug 28, 2000
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by michaely:
    <strong>What should you do to increase your chances of being matched into a radiology residency?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Pags' quick version:

    1) High Step I and II USMLE's (&gt;230)
    2) Top 1/4 of class
    3) Excel with clinical grades
    3) Not good, but Great letters of recs, 1 to 2 from relatively important radiologists.
    4) "Get along" type of attitude during interviews.
    5) Do rads elective at places where you wish to be a resident.
    6) Research in radiology, a very big plus, but not essential.

    If you have all this, even a DO should get a spot.

    Personal contacts always help, but not essential for matching.

    Most spots are currently filled via the match. However, some spots are filled outside. This is very program dependent.

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