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?
I have been known to lament the loss of the prestige of the basic medical degree (MBBS) in India. While you may or may not agree with it, the truth remains that nobody who is doing (or has recently done) an MBBS course wants to stay out at that level. Everyone wants to go and be a specialist or super-specialist. In the melee of confusion … Continue reading The Family Physician: A Dying Romantic Idea
I have pretty much been declared the official (Indian) USMLE rumor-monger by one of the most famous USMLE coaching institutes that held introductory classes to tell the masses what USMLE was all about. Thank you sir, you made my day. Now, again, another disclaimer. The last time I wrote about the USMLE match (this one: The USA Dream for IMGs: Coming to an end? Analyzing … Continue reading USMLE 2013 and IMGs: All That Glitters is NOT Gold
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!
Let 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):
A number of my friends applied for the USMLE this year and it seems that with every passing year more and more people from my neck of the woods are trying to jump shores. The whys and wherefores of such a radical decision are matters for another post, but the thing is, all over the world, medical aspirants are waiting with bated breath for the … Continue reading Game, Set… MATCH!
From January 1, 2012, there will be a new set of rules outlining the time between attempts for USMLE. The ECFMG Reporter outlines the present rules which shall be applicable for examinees taking the tests before that date: – For the computer-based examinations (Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3), you may take the examination no more than four times within a 12-month period. … Continue reading USMLE: New Rules for Time Between Attempts
One of the great mysteries of the USMLE was the dichotomous scoring system. Usually, an examinee would be given 2 scores, one a 2 digit score, with the minimum cut off fixed at 75, and a maximum of 99. And the other, a 3 digit score, which was more representative of the overall performance of the student. While the rationale for this system was always … Continue reading USMLE to Scrap 2 Digit Score