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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Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #2: Cleve-land Ahoy!

This is the second post of the series where I talk to (and about) people who have successfully matched and reached the culmination of their USMLE Journey. I have previously talked about a friend who had matched in Houston. Today, I will present the words of wisdom shared by another friend who has matched into, you guessed it right, Cleveland Clinic. She has graciously agreed to … Continue reading Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #2: Cleve-land Ahoy!

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Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #1 – Houston, you have a Resident!

This is a series in which I post about the confessions of the USMLE matchers this year. I had encouraged people to fill in their responses to a series of questions posted here, in order that I could transcribe them into short narratives for people interested to know more about the match. If you have matched, or know anyone who has matched, please forward this … Continue reading Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #1 – Houston, you have a Resident!

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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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US Budget FY 2014: Did the US Govt Make USMLE Tougher for IMGs?

Right at the outset, I shall admit that this is a topic that is a little beyond my “safety net” of knowledge and hence, I may be slightly off-target with some of the assertions. I am reaching out a bit with this topic, but I have tried to do adequate reading up on this matter. However, I have always studied the US Medical Education system … Continue reading US Budget FY 2014: Did the US Govt Make USMLE Tougher for IMGs?

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