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OMSIII thinking about cards

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by kinca005, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Sweetpotatoguy

    Sweetpotatoguy Potatoes 5+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    My stats:
    USMLE step 1: 232
    COMLEX step 1: 621

    Haven't taken step 2

    Halfway through my third year. I'm not highly ranked in my class (maybe top 25%).

    LECOM bradenton. HPSP in air force.

    I like cards. My uncle is international cardiologist and I liked the field. Haven't done cards here in the US though.

    No research published. Getting started on some GI research with a surgeon attending of mine.

    What do I do???
    Any advice?
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  3. MLT2MT2DO

    MLT2MT2DO 7+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Try asking in the military forums. very few here will be familiar enough with the military match to offer any sound advice.
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  4. Sweetpotatoguy

    Sweetpotatoguy Potatoes 5+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    I'm also open to DO and MD residencies.
  5. NurWollen

    NurWollen Strong with the Force 10+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    United States
    Doesn't it take a minor miracle for HPSP students to get a deferment to do a civilian residency?
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  6. ChiTownBHawks

    ChiTownBHawks 2+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2013
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  7. Roberie

    Roberie 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2008
    It sounds like you're already committed to air force HPSP. Obviously your first step is matching into an IM program. This should be a nonissue. I know air force grants deferments, but I can't comment on that. In terms of fellowship training, you're obviously on the right track having set yourself up with good board scores. I don't think there's a whole lot you can do at this point to increase your chances of cards fellowship. Sure, you could argue that getting exposure earlier is better, but I think fellowship programs are more concerned with your performance as a resident. So, focus on matching into IM and excelling on your cards rotations while in residency, while also networking.

    Not to mention, the military may have other ideas about when/if you can do a fellowship. You would likely complete some sort of utilization tour prior to being allowed to apply for fellowship. These issues are far down the road and not really paramount for you at this point.
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  8. Sweetpotatoguy

    Sweetpotatoguy Potatoes 5+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    Sweet thanks for the help!

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