International Medical Graduates have it more difficult than American Medical Graduates, when it comes to the match. This is a well known fact. But this should not be discouraging. In fact, an argument can be made that if the process is played correctly, you could even match into competitive specialties.
Many IMG’s don’t even apply because they see themselves as having virtually no chance to match into hyper-competitive specialties, regardless of how good their application looks. They could have a 270 USMLE step score and still only apply to internal medicine, for fear of not matching.
The average overall USMLE step score is in the high 220’s and low 230’s. Believe it or not, you will see that if you have an average step score your probability of matching into very competitive specialities like dermatology is 30-40%. That is much higher than the zero percent chance that you would have initially thought for an IMG. In fact, it’s not bad odds at all! It makes absolutely no sense to forgo the lavish lifestyle and substantial income increase altogether, just because your school tells you not to try.
This is the match. And you only have one shot at this. Apply. And apply to the speciality that you dream of doing. Now, this is not to say that you should not apply for a backup specialty like family medicine or internal medicine, just in case you get far enough down your rank list during the match algorithm. IM and FM are specialities in which you will most definitely match. But give yourself a fighting chance at living the life you deserve! The cost it takes to apply to Dermatology is insignificant when compared to the lifestyle and earning potential you gain if you match.The point is, if you truly want to do a competitive specialty, and you truly think it is your passion, apply. We can help you achieve your dreams because we know the statistics, we know the numbers, and we know the game. And if you know how this process is played, anything is possible.
We are here to help you achieve your dreams. Schedule your free one on one consult in the calendar below. We will discuss what your chances of matching are and how you can increase your odds of a successful match.
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