So, this is going to be my last
try for the residency matching. I have been a non
-practicing, licensed physician since 2007 and I can't wait any longer. I'm not getting any younger, most of my batch mates had finished their residency and I'm still in a limbo whether I'll get my training in my own country or in the US.
I hope ERAS 2010 will be kinder to me compared to 2009.
So here is the run down of what I did:
1] Completed USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS in 2008.
~ spent 6 months for Step 1 (I cheated, because I started reviewing on the last quarter of 2007)
~ spent 3 months for Step 2 CK
~ spent 2 months for Step 2 CS
Since it is common to have
mistakes during the review, I'll list them all down here:
a] I didn't use Kaplan
. Because of this, my grades are lower than what most programs would accept.
b] I should have spent more time reviewing for Step 1, as this is more important to the programs than Step 2 CS or CK.
c] I should have done my electives in the US instead of my home country.
Continuing the run down of what I did:
2] Completed USMLE Step 3 in 2009.
~ spent 5 months reviewing using only First Aid, Lange Q&A, and Kaplan QBook
3] Researched for residency programs for four months
4] Applied to exactly 70 IMG-friendly programs (it's only IMG-friendly because no Americans would apply to these programs)
~ Family Medicne
~ Internal Medicine
5] Did the most "unfavorable" of all the USCE - you know what that is and got an LOR.
I did whatever a foreign medical graduate with a very limited resources can. I am now crossing my fingers and hoping that some programs will realize in my PS that although I may not be the smartest and brightest among the applicants, I am very professional and diligent in what I do best - being a doctor.
And come March 2010 and I still did not get into any programs, I will start my residency in my home country and leave behind all my US residency training hopes and dreams. Wherever I go, a liver will still be a liver, and a doctor will always be a doctor.
Wish me luck, and I wish all the fellow IMGs good luck
on ERAS 2010.
At least I can say that I've done everything that I can.
Take care and Peace out!