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Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by chumbojumbo, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. chumbojumbo

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    Whats up people. I want to do Emergency Medicine.
    Step 1: 186 (damn)
    Step 2: 217
    Home EM rotation: High Pass
    Rest of clinical grades: Pass and High pass mostly, some Honors
    The kicker: Im an IMG
    My question: I do not care WHERE I match, I have applied to 50 programs up and down the east coast....BUT, should I apply to MORE programs to ensure matching SOMEWHERE?

    Thanks guys...love this forum by the way...peace.
     
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  3. poloace

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    apply broad- apply everywhere. if you get into a 3 year spot- it'll go by so fast... not worth sitting out a year because you didn't want to be in some random state. good luck.
     
  4. MushieCookie

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    I too an am IMG...and am awaiting my step II CK scores.
    I will definitely apply to more programs than that, even if I rock CK.
    Step I was decent...not great by any means.

    I guess the more programs, the more chances for interviews. Why take the chance??
     
  5. DrQuinn

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    I was a DO applicant, and applied to 40 programs (I think 42 actually). Got about twenty interview offers. I think 50 is a good number. Make sure you get some strong LORs, as they'll make the difference, and rotate at the plcaes you want. A widely cast net is never a bad thing.

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  6. mhusainy

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    Dr. Quinn,
    Did you have to do an internship before applying to USF as a DO. I am an MS IV at WVSOM and am wondering if I should even apply to any programs in the "5" states. My boards are below average but have strong experience, strong LOR's(one from a program director) and great EM grades on clinicals. Do you still think I should apply to 50 programs or do you think 30 might suffice? Also, I am from Florida, what is the thought about interviews coming from USF with what I described above?

    Thanks for any feedback from anyone

    WVSOM MS IV #56
     
  7. bartleby

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    You can always start turning down interviews if you get >20 invites, but if you've only had 5 interviews in February, I can guarantee that you're going to regret not applying to more programs from the get-go.
     
  8. chumbojumbo

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    Lets say i apply to >50 programs, but i only get 5 invites. Are the chances of matching slim to none?
     
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    Slimmer but not none.
     
  10. EctopicFetus

    EctopicFetus Keeping it funky enough
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    None is when you have one interview and the PD hates you..

    As mentioned above apply away man.. Look toward the midwest as well there are a ton of programs in Chicago and Michigan. I lived in Chicago for 5 years.. It is a sweet place.

    As mentioned before it is better to spend a few extra bucks and match than to not apply to enough places and not match.
     
  11. chumbojumbo

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    Ok, I now have up to 80 programs selected in ERAS. I still have another question though...whether I get 1 interview or I get 10, there is still no guarantee in matching, correct?
     
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    correct...
     

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