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US-IMG applying for Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

Discussion in 'Hematology / Oncology' started by AureliusMD, May 12, 2014.

  1. AureliusMD

    AureliusMD 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2014
    I am applying for Hematology/Oncology fellowship in July for 2014-2015 application cycle. I am extremely nervous that I'm not going to match solely because I went to Ross University (Caribbean med school). I am currently an Internal Medicine resident (PGY2) at a New York City university program and our residents match into HemeOnc fellowships well (MD-Anderson, UNC, University of Michigan, etc). I have good step scores, have done a couple research projects and poster presentations, but I can't shake the feeling that being a U.S.-IMG will bite me in the butt in the end. Last year's fellowship match had 502 matches, only 45 of which were US-IMGs (most did not match).
    My Stats:
    Step 1 255
    Step 2 259
    Step 3 244
    2 research projects in Oncology (co-author, not 1st)
    2 Case Reports, 2 Poster Presentations, 1 Grand Rounds Presentation
    2 Quality-Improvement Projects
    Blood Transfusion Committee

    Anyone have any recommendations to help, or any soothing words to calm my nerves?
    Do I have a shot? Does anyone know of US-IMG friendly programs?

    Also, I tentatively have 94 programs on my list for which to apply. Too many, even for an IMG?
    Last edited: May 12, 2014
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  3. Niviancer

    Niviancer Proton Cannon 5+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2011
    You'll match somewhere.. I wouldn't shave off too many unless it's top tier.
  4. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat Administrator Physician PhD 10+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    A fibrotic stroma
    You're in as good a position as you can be given your Carib status. You're unlikely to match someplace like MDACC or Michigan but honestly, all you have to lose by applying is money, and you definitely won't match anyplace you don't apply to. It's not unreasonable to apply to something like 30-50 and then if you don't get much love (watch the inevitable interview invite thread that will appear here later) apply to more.
  5. AureliusMD

    AureliusMD 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2014
    I wish I had your me..
  6. AureliusMD

    AureliusMD 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2014
    So I should cut down to 50 or stay at 94?
  7. AureliusMD

    AureliusMD 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2014
    I looked online at the "Current Fellows" for as many programs as I could (sadly most do not list their fellows and many of the ones that do only show names or faces and not their medical school) to see who had a U.S.-IMG on their roster and didn't find a single one. Plenty of non-U.S. FMGs though. Considering 45 U.S.-IMGs matched last year I would think I could find one online...
  8. Niviancer

    Niviancer Proton Cannon 5+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2011
    Off the top of my head, programs that have USFMGs


    I wouldn't cut anything mid tier or lower
  9. DrVanNostran

    DrVanNostran 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2006

    What did you think of UC Davis? I have family up there, really considering it.

    OP, I personally wouldn't cut any programs. You are a solid applicant, but obviously the IMG status will be hurdle. Just spend the money this around and cut interviews if you have. IF anything, I would add all the "low or mid" tier programs. Good luck!
  10. Niviancer

    Niviancer Proton Cannon 5+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2011
    UCDavis seems decent. 12months research, supportive faculty. Lots of independence (for better or worse). They don't have separate hem and onc for continuity clinics though so you cover both.
  11. Lazy doctor

    Lazy doctor

    Jan 27, 2014
    Hello everyone. I am an IMG and have a green card. While going through ERAS Worksheet i came across this statement

    If you are a foreign national, outside the US, or currently in the US in valid visa status, please respond:
    Will you need "visa sponsorship" through ECFMG (J-1) or the teaching hospital (H1B) in order to participate in US residency training?
    Yes No*
    *If no, Expected Visa/Employment Authorization (Select all that may apply):

    I guess I should just skip this section altogether since green card is not a visa status, correct?
  12. dr12

    dr12 2+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014
  13. visari

    visari 2+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2013
    why would need visa sponsorship if you have a green card ?!
    come on guys stop acting like med students
  14. bashwell

    bashwell Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2013
    Sorry this might be a dumb question, but I sometimes see "transfusion committee" in people's profiles (like here). What is this, and how helpful is it for a heme/onc application?
  15. RustBeltOnc

    RustBeltOnc 2+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2014
    The Rust Belt

    You are in good shape. If your program has placed people well in the past, you have nothing to worry about. Hem Onc is competitive, but it isn't cards, gi, or ai. There are lots of slots / programs, and let's be honest, it's "self selecting."

    And just to get this out of the way: Single board or double board? Double board.
  16. AureliusMD

    AureliusMD 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2014
    I'm not worried because I matched...yay!

    Transfusion committee is just a committee involved with all aspects of blood transfusions, blood products, etc. I don't think it helped me in my application but I wanted to have as much as possible to improve my odds.
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