With the NRMP Main Residency Match 2015 quickly approaching, it is important to realistically evaluate your chances in being offered a residency position. Residency positions in the United States are highly sought after and it is becoming more and more difficult to secure a position, especially for Foreign Medical Graduates and International Medical Graduates (FMGs and IMGs). In last year’s Main Residency Match over 6,000 FMGs and IMGs did not match. However, don’t be discouraged! It is important to have a back-up plan so you can start gaining substantial experience and enhancing your CV in the meantime.
Let Residents Medical Be Your Back-Up Plan!
For over 20 years Residents Medical has helped medical school graduates across the globe enhance their candidacy for residency programs. Even if you don’t have any interviews yet it’s not too late to secure a 2015 residency position. Although it is also important to start enhancing your CV to get ahead for the 2016 Main Match. Here’s how Residents Medical can help:
In March Residents Medical will help you apply to open residency positions via the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). If you do not match through the Main Match you will automatically be entered into SOAP. This one-week process connects unmatched applicants to unfilled residency positions, offering another chance to secure that sought after residency position.
Throughout the year last-minute residency spots open up. Residents Medical will help you find these off-match positions as we often hear about these exclusive opportunities before they are posted to websites and forums. Residents Medical will also help you prepare for these interviews with intensive training from a program director on staff.
Revamping your CV, Personal Statement, and ERAS application:
Your application and supplemental documents such as your CV, personal statement, and letters of recommendation (LORs), are your first impression with program directors. It is important that these documents highlight your strong attributes, painting a picture of a resident they seek for their programs.
Helping you obtain US Clinical Experience (USCE):
As an FMG or IMG your CV needs to show that you have a significant amount of USCE in order to illustrate that you are familiar with ACGME core competencies as well as the methods and protocols followed by U.S. hospitals. In addition, externships, obersverships, simulation training programs, research fellowships or other forms of USCE will help to prepare for your USMLE Step 3 exam. For more information on the importance of USCE read our blog “Why Is US Clinical Experience Important.”
Combat low USMLE Step Scores:
If you have low USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores, Residents Medical will assign you to one of our expert tutors to ensure you see an increase on your Step 3 score. Although it is not required to take your Step 3 before applying to residency programs, an improved Step 3 score can enhance your candidacy for residency. With one-on-one training from one of our tutors you will see a significant improvement in your score; program directors will then feel more confident accepting you into their program.
Don’t let the past get in the way of pursuing your dream residency program and career of becoming a practicing physician in the United States. There are still plenty of opportunities and Residents Medical is here to help. Send your CV to [email protected] so we can begin guiding you through the process to achieve your goals.