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please help- MS-3 in need of rads advice!

Discussion in 'Radiology' started by cd1998, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. cd1998

    cd1998 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    I am at the end of my third year and just decided that I really think I want to go into radiology. For the past few years, I have been gearing myself towards ophtho and so now I know a whole lot about what it takes to match into ophtho, but nothing really about how to match into radiology. I am DESPERATE for some feedback as far as my competitiveness as an applicant (and what types of programs I am competitive for), and what else I can do to supplement my application. Here are my stats:

    -Step 1: 234
    -2nd quartile at average med school in the Southeast
    -B's in all core clerkships (have not taken the formal 4 week radiology clerkship at my school yet)
    -Research: (1)1 published basic science paper in international otolaryngology journal (3rd author), (2)1 clinical research paper accepted to American Academy of Ophthalmology for presentation (and possible publication after conference) in major ophtho journal (1st author)
    -2 excellent LOR's from Medicine attendings from 3rd year clerkship
    -from the Southeast
    -no outstanding connections in the field at this point

    Any advice/feedback at all would be invaluable: where are my best chances, and am I a competitive applicant at all?

    Thank you!
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  3. colbgw02

    colbgw02 Delightfully Tacky 10+ Year Member

    Obviously, nothing is guaranteed, but based on what you've provided, then you will likely match, assuming that you interview decently. If I were you, to be on the safe side, then I would apply to ~40 programs, and I wouldn't be particular about location either.
  4. da3dl3us

    da3dl3us Space Cowboy 7+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2003
    Windy City
    Dude, you'll be fine. Why do people with over 230 worry? It's guys like me with a 225 that have to worry. :scared:
  5. arthrodisiac

    arthrodisiac 2+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    i dont understand why everyone is going nuts. on the nrmp thing it said 169/179 people with 221-230 matched. whats all the worry for?
  6. TexPre-Med

    TexPre-Med Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    I hear those 10 unlucky people were eaten by wolves after being beaten by Barry Bonds on a steroid rage. :scared:
  7. lokobo

    lokobo New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    that was in 2005, and rads has probably gotten a bit more competitive since then, and also it sucks to be one of those 10
  8. arthrodisiac

    arthrodisiac 2+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Most of the ppl who didnt match in that usmle bracket are probably one of the following catagories:

    1) failed step 1 the first time
    2) crap grades
    3) crap letters
    4) didn't put enough programs on ROL

    those ppl who are "unlucky" only seem to be a large population because they all post here or auntminnie, and we all read it.

    as far as more competitive....i've heard its either the same or less competitive than it used to be. But what I hear and what you hear is solely based on who we talk to, so if everyone i talk to says its not competitive, and everyone who you talk to says it is competitive, where does that leave us?
  9. lokobo

    lokobo New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    yeah i agree, my program director told me that this past years applicants had higher stats than the ones from previous years.. but thats just in one program, and shouldn't be generalized

    and also, its just natural to worry
  10. werewethere

    werewethere 5+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Take it for what you will, but there were only 17 unmatched spots this year, compared to mid 30s the previous year, and mid 40s the year before. Those 17 spots were also distributed among a smaller subset of programs (i.e. 8 of those spots were from 2 programs) and there were no top tier programs that had any "accidentally" unfilled spots (i.e. Columbia had one spot in the scramble last year). Lastly, programs that tended to have spots left open in previous years did not have spots open this year (i.e. Peoria, West Virginia). Radiology may not be as difficult to get into as the early 2000s, when only 4 or 5 unmatched spots were left, but it still is hard to get into.

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