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from STEP ONE to the MATCH

Discussion in 'China and Eastern Asia' started by handthatheals, Mar 24, 2004.

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  1. handthatheals

    handthatheals Junior Member
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    Mar 19, 2004
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    hello there.
    i am a 30 years old male, graduated from a humble medical school in manila last 1998.
    i am not the best student in my class.

    i did two years of residency in the philippines, and fate made me to look again in the prospect of tackling the USMLE's and matching for a residency slot in the USA.

    i studied by myself for the USMLE Steps 1 and 2 and the CSA.
    got all the books and materials which i thought are necessary and read them. by heart.

    also, i assimilated all the pieces of advice i got from everyone. littelest they may seem, but all were nuggets of gold to me.

    i sought our 'elders' to write me strong letters of recommendation and asked my school's dean to make me a very good dean's letter.

    my personal statement i composed for a whole week. make that two. for it to be outstanding, yet modest and true. i even asked a friend's friend to help me out.

    wrote down all my academic accolades and clinical experiences for my curriculum vitae. it was a very short list.

    then went to USA for the CSA.
    and interivewed to eight programs from the twelve calls i got.

    i aimed to leave a good impression with the interviewing faculty. needless to say, that is different from impressing the interviewers.
    i was eager but composed.
    conveyed i am confident of what i can offer,
    yet reassured them i have a lot to learn under their tutelage and care.
    i was interesting as i was interested.
    smiled alot. becasue i really do smile alot.

    followed up my application by sending thank-you letters and letters of intention.

    while waiting for the match outsome, i studied and took step 3.

    i matched with a university program for ob/gyn.

    i think this is a very likely story for people who went through the match.
    but what i like to underscore is that
    are the keys to success. For the Match or otherwise.

    And, by the way, I always ask and seek Our Lord God's approval in every step of the way.
    Surely, He will lead the way.
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  3. DrMom

    DrMom Official Mom of SDN
    Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002
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    Attending Physician
    closing. duplicate post.
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