USMLE in times of Trump: How did the IMGs fare this time around?

Given the stance taken by the 45th President of the United States, many graduates from International Medical Schools were apprehensive about the outcome of the USMLE match this year. The apprehensions were reflected by the fact that for the first time since 2013 there was a dip in the number of total applicants as well as active applicants for the match. The advance data declared … Continue reading USMLE in times of Trump: How did the IMGs fare this time around?

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Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #3: Meet the Little Rock-Star!

I had embarked on a project to write about people and their experience of cracking the USMLE puzzle this year, and had asked matchers to fill in a short, and some would say idiosyncratic, survey, to know about the stories behind their success. Often, we get lost in the rationalisations of scores, LORs, CVs, profiles etc. and end up ignoring the person who matched. In … Continue reading Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #3: Meet the Little Rock-Star!

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USMLE Match 2013: Part 1: Positions per Applicant – Revealing the IMG Story

This post has been long due, and I have been rather flattered that I received several “requests” for this post as a follow up to my previous ones; you can find the previous (recent) posts related to USMLE: US Budget FY 2014: Did the US Govt Make USMLE Tougher for IMGs? USMLE 2013 and IMGs: All That Glitters is NOT Gold The USA Dream for IMGs: Coming … Continue reading USMLE Match 2013: Part 1: Positions per Applicant – Revealing the IMG Story

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The USA Dream for IMGs: Coming to an end? Analysing the 2012 Match

My attention was drawn to an article in the JAMA today (1) by one of my friends who is actively pursuing the USMLE route. And after reading this, I guess I have to admit that one now has to make haste in order to prevent waste. Now I have long been wanting to write about this but somehow never came around to do it. Finally, having read this article today, I decided to give it a go. Now this is entirely my perspective on last year’s match and it may be entirely off-base. So do not put too much of thought into this. This year several of my friends are appearing for the match and I wish them the very best of luck. Also, this post is intended to be a wake up call for those who have been sitting on their dates, trying to do that extra bit to eke out an exceptional score. it is time to take the plunge!

ResearchBlogging.orgLet us start with some number crunching first – get the boring stuff out of the way before the real horror movie starts. No, just kidding… The number of students applying for residency in the US programs has increased in leaps and bounds, as the NRMP report shows in this trend-chart dating back to 1952 (2):

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