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๐„๐•๐„๐‘๐˜๐“๐‡๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐‡๐€๐“ ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐๐„๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐Ž ๐Š๐๐Ž๐– ๐€๐๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐”๐’๐Œ๐‹๐„

Updated: May 20, 2020

Please seat back, grab a coffeeโ˜•, relax & enjoy. ๐Ÿ™Œ

The post includes 80 Must-Know topics!!



Titules:

  1. INTERVIEW & MATCH QUESTIONS

  2. ROTATIONS IN THE USA

  3. COMPETITIVE SPECIALTIES

  4. USMLE EXAMS & APPLICATIONS

  5. APPLYING FOR RESIDENCY

  6. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

  7. RESEARCH


โ–ช๏ธŽINTERVIEW & MATCH QUESTIONSโ–ช๏ธŽ

1. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐š โ€œ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž-๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซโ€? Some programs (a few) would offer you a contract to be signed before match day. โˆ™๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ฆ: You donโ€™t have to wait for the match and risk the chances of not matching. โˆ™๐‚๐Ž๐๐’: Maybe you match in a better program/ one that you like better if you go for the match.

โˆ™My first interview actually offered me a pre-match. I didnโ€™t take it, but it really boosted my confidence that I was doing something good, since it was the first one and they already gave me a job offer.


2. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐๐ฎ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ? (YOG) Some programs only accept fresh graduates. Eg, 1-2 years out of medical school, another programs 2-4 years/ <5 years. But overall, I would say like around 60% donโ€™t look at that. (Correct me if Iโ€™m wrong).

โˆ™I graduated in 2015 and applied in Sept 2019 for the 2020 match without hometown residency, so I couldnโ€™t apply to any program that wanted <4 years out of school.

โˆ™๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ: If you have hometown residency some programs consider your YOG by the time that you finish your residency, so thatโ€™s good news for all the IMG specialists out there! You check check those special requirements in the programs website. Google: name of hospital you like + IM, FM, Obgyn residency (or whatever speciality you want) and you ll find the requirements that they ask for.

3. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐†๐€๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž? Gap year usually is considered if you are >6 months without doing anything. At least you should volunteer 4 years a week at a place to not have a gap. It happens that we will have some โ€œgap timeโ€, as long as you can explain it, most of the times you will be fine; and some other times they wonโ€™t even ask you about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก? โˆ™Indeed, most of the times helps, especially for surgical specialties.

5. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ & ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ? โˆ™Indeed they look at everything, STEP 1, STEP 2 CK, CS attempts.

6. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐๐ƒ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ? โˆ™Your LORs, US clinical experience/ observer, volunteer, research, hometown residency. Your school, medical grades, honors, etc are also seen by some programs, but this matters mainly for AMG (American medical graduates)

7. ๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก? Itโ€™s better, boosts your chances to match and also helps you in getting a H1 type visa. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: STEP 3 always helps!

8. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ก๐Ÿ๐› ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ? Look for the programs that offer HI1b visa, take STEP 3.

9. ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก: ๐€๐๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ & ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ? โˆ™๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€: They are obvious, you will be with your couple. โˆ™๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€: If a program ranked you but they didnโ€™t rank your couple, then you are automatically disqualified for that program! ๐Ÿ˜• 10. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ? Improve your CV, get research done since thatโ€™s what most of University Programs like, and try to get a rotation in the place that you like, make contacts, connections are very important. (I matched with no contacts, but indeed they do to help to match!)

11. ๐ƒ๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? โˆ™๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: It is offered in many programs, mainly for surgical specialties, and thatโ€™s a way a lot of IMGs get into the system. It means that they offer you a only PGY1 year in the program; and then you will have to continue your PGY-2 in another place or maybe there if you are lucky and a spot opens up. A lot of doctors than donโ€™t find a PGY2 position after their prelim year, would apply again to a residency program, but this time categorical. Since now they have 1 year of USCE experience, it will boost their chances of getting a categorical spot. โˆ™๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: Itโ€™s the โ€œnormal wayโ€, you enter, and after 3-5 years (depends on the specialty) you are done, and become a specialist. No need to re-apply to another program. Fortunatelly this is what I got for my OB/GYN residency position

12. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐š โ€œ๐’๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐คโ€? Some programs during your interview will offer you a โ€œSecond lookโ€ if you liked you, sometime they offer it to all the participants. It means that you go back some other they to just work with the residents, get to know more about them and the program. โˆ™This will give you a better view of the program, and also show your interest to the program. If you are offered a second look, ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜! ๐Ÿ˜‰

13. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ? โˆ™Indeed, the goal is to score 10 points more in STEP 2 CK compared to STEP 1. I scored exactly 10 points extra, so I was very happy about that. ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป: CK has an extra block, so more chances to score higher.

14. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ? Eg, A general surgeon and now want to apply for IM. โˆ™๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป, a lot of people do it, as long as you can explain it and build a CV and get LORs on that other specialization, ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ช๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—•๐—˜ ๐—™๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

15. ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ๐Œ๐†? โˆ™Yes, build a strong CV, get very good scores & make connections. Note: Iโ€™ll explain how to build a strong CV and how to connect better with people in another post.



โ–ช๏ธŽ๐‘๐Ž๐“๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’ ๐ˆ๐ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐”๐’๐€โ–ช๏ธŽ

1. ๐ƒ๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐‚๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ/ ๐Ž๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ/ ๐„๐ฑ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ? โˆ™๐‚๐‹๐„๐‘๐Š๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐: It a rotation as a medical student. The best you can do if you are an student! I wish I knew this when I was in medical school. The sooner you start building your CV, the better โˆ™๐—ข๐—•๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—œ๐—ฃ: USA rotation after you graduate from medical school, without hand-on contact โˆ™๐—˜๐—ซ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—›๐—œ๐—ฃ: Hands-on experience after you graduate from medical school. Very hard to get, and the programs that offer it are usually private clinics that are not very great,and also they cost a lot of money.

2. ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  For sure, your goal here is to impress your attendings and aim to get GREAT PERSONALIZED LORS!

3. ๐”๐’๐‚๐„ ๐๐„๐…๐Ž๐‘๐„ ๐จ๐ซ ๐€๐…๐“๐„๐‘ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ? Always before is better since they are easier to get, cheaper, and tons of more programs offer rotations to international students.

4. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐’๐€? On my page I already made a huge post including 50+ hospitals that offer a rotation in the USA.

5. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐“๐Ž๐„๐…๐‹ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? A lot of programs do ask for it, check in their websites/ contact them.

6. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? Some programs do ask for it, check in their websites/ contact them.

7. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐•๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ? Indeed, also you can grow up a lot from a volunteer opportunity, meet people, network. This is in fact the way that I got my research experience, you can read here: How I got a research position starting as a volunteer.

8. ๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž/๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ? It really depends, if you will get 2-3 amazing, personalized LORs from that program and can also get involve in research, then take that longer-elective option. By going to multiple hospitals, you also boost your chances of making more/wider connections.



โ–ช๏ธŽ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐„๐“๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐•๐„ ๐’๐๐„๐‚๐ˆ๐€๐‹๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’โ–ช๏ธŽ

1. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐–๐ก๐ฒ? Mainly ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† & ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—บ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜†. They are considered competitive because there are less spots, higher salaries, and lot of AMGs apply there. ๐ˆ๐Œ๐† ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ, ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ & ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜†. ( Anesthesiology& Psychiatric would fall be in the middle)


2. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ๐Œ๐† ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ? Building a GREAT CV, very good scores, research, connections will always help! Hometown residency also most of the times.

3. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ? You can check the mean for those score in the NRMP website:

http://www.nrmp.org/main-residency-match-data/


4. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐š ๐ ๐ข๐ซ๐ฅ? A lot of girls match in OB/GYN, dermatology, and now general surgery is becoming more and more friendly for women.

๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€: At Lincoln Hospital, the hospital where I matched for OB/GYN the interns are 3 girls + me. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: 75% females. At Cedars Sinai, the hospital where I did my research, this year the doctors that matched in general surgery are all women. ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: 100% females.



๐”๐’๐Œ๐‹๐„ ๐„๐—๐€๐Œ๐’

1. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ? IMG: Create an account in www.ecfmg.org and follow instructions. AMG: Register in www.apps.nbme.org/nlesweb/#/login


2. ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ? Yes, most of the times itโ€™s after your basic science classes that you can take it. (It would be after your 2nd or 3rd medical school year, depending on where your study)


3. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐ ? ASAP!!

4. ๐–๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ? I would recommend with the one that you more comfortable with, the one that you like the most, itโ€™s a way to engage you in this long exam preparation journey.

5. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ? โˆ™STEP 1, CK, & STEP 3: In the ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐ฌ all over the world. โˆ™STEP 3: ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐ฌ only in the USA.

โˆ™STEP 2 CS: In ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ located only in the USA (5 total: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia.


6. ๐–๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐’ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐† ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ฒ? They are all the same, the way they grade us is standardized. There is also a myth about the LA center being the hardest one. A lot of friends, including myself took it there, everywhere there is so nice! Itโ€™s time to debunk that myth!!


7. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ & ๐ฉ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ญ? You have to choose a 3-month period when you pay for your exam, donโ€™t need to pick a specific date, but I will have to be between those 3 months. If you are not ready, you can then postpone to the consecutive 3 months period. โˆ™Example: You can now choose Sept-Nov., and then postpone to Dec-Feb pays a fee (around $75), after that your money will be lost.

8. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ? First pay in the ECFMG website, then book STEP 1 or CK in the Prometric site www.prometric.com, there is also where you check avaibily.

โˆ™STEP 2 CS is done through ECFMG: www.secure2.ecfmg.org



9. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฌ? โˆ™About ๐Ÿฎ-๐Ÿฏ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€. For my I started Sept 2017, & applied for residency Sept 2019.

I made a huge post on my page about my recommendations on how to study for Step 1 and how much time it takes to prepare it. You can read it clicking: here



10. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐“๐„๐ ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐’? โˆ™Average ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐Ÿฏ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐˜€. For me it was 3 weeks and a half, only being able to practice with people during the weekend, since I was working a lot during the week. I will make a post & videos about STEP 2 CS preparation how to examine a patient quick and efficient, and how to write your medical history neat and precise.


11. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ? โˆ™3 to 4 weeks for: STEP 1, CK, & STEP 3 โˆ™3 weeks to 3 months for: STEP 2 CS You can check the CS reporting score here: https://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#reporting#reporting

For me I took it right after the cut off, so I had to wait 3 months! And my friend that took it one week before, waited only 3 weeks!


12. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ? You can re take it, but attempts to hurt your CV, so ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜†. As I mentioned Iโ€™ ll make a post on how to improve it with attempts



๐€๐๐๐‹๐˜๐ˆ๐๐† ๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐‘๐„๐’๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„๐๐‚๐˜

1. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐๐š๐ฒ? You can start submiting it Sept 5, but the official day that it will released to hospitals is Sept 15.


2. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ? Sometimes as soon as 3-4 days after you apply on Sept! You might get interviews till late January! โˆ™ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ: I applied Sept 19, got my first interview 3 days later โ€“ Sept 22! ๐Ÿ™Œ, and my last interview I got it mid December and it was during the second week of January.

โˆ™ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜: I didnโ€™t know that we would get our interview offers so quick, so during the last week of Sept and first week of October I planned a trip to Japan for the Rugby Cup, to cheer for my country Argentina. You have 12-14 hrs difference with America, so I was getting interview emails from programs sometimes at like 2-3 in the morning, and some of them you have to reply within 5-10 minutes, otherwise the spots will be fun and you will be on a wait list โ€“ yes it was a nightmare!! Haha ๐Ÿ˜‚


3. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐’๐Œ๐‹๐„ ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ? No, once you get it, it will be uploaded automatically. If you get it later than you apply it could be an excuse to email the programs to let them know, and you might get them to open your application In fact you donโ€™t even need STEP 2 CS to apply, I have a friend that matched in Internal Medicine - Mt. Sinai NY and he got his STEP 2 CS results in October.



4. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ? โˆ™ 3-4 Lors (at least one in the specialty that you are applying to) โˆ™ Personal Statement โœ… โˆ™ STEP scores โœ… โˆ™ Detailed CV experience โœ… โˆ™ Select the programs โˆ™ Money ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿคฃ

โˆ™ MSPE


Note: MSPE is not 100% necessary

to apply, I talk about MSPE in another post.

5. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ? Not really, thatโ€™s mostly considered for AMGs. In fact, only one interviewer, in only one of my 11 interviews asked me about my medical grades. (You get 3-6 interviewers per programs that interviews you) It might be look up to if you are honor/ gold medal student ๐Ÿ… (Not my case)

6. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ž๐? Not really, this mainly applies for AMGs.


7. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ?

Step 1 & CK around $900-1000 each. Step 2 CS $1500. I will make another post about how much it costs to apply for residency, and how much you spend during interview season with flights, hotels, etc. Also, with tips on how to spend the less possible!! Step 3 is paid by some Hospitals (but as I mentioned, I would recommend to take it even before the match)

8. ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? You can buy your token (worth around $120) in the first week of June, and you submit your application Sept 15. (This year due to the pandemic application day is changed to Oct 21) Token is just the name they give to be able to use their application service.


If you are applying this year, I made a post on What to do till October 21.

9. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐„๐‘๐€๐’? Itโ€™s the program/website where we apply for residency. Stands for Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)


10. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐„๐‘๐€๐’ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ? Around the first week of June is when Begins Applicants can register and start working on uploading their documents.

This will be the website: https://apps.aamc.org/myeras-web/

11. ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ? No, I think cover letter is a myth, correct me if im wrong. But we donโ€™t need one for ERAS



Click here: to Check this post to learn how to look for hospitals , IMG % in that program, if they sponsor visa, etc



๐‹๐„๐“๐“๐„๐‘๐’ ๐Ž๐… ๐‘๐„๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐Œ๐„๐๐ƒ๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ โœ‰๏ธ

1. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š ๐‹๐Ž๐‘? โˆ™You do it through the ERAS website, you put the doctorโ€™s email and an email will be send to them, they click there and upload it directly โœ… Easy breezy!

2. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐‹๐Ž๐‘๐ฌ? ASAP! Doctors are very busy persons, so its better to request it ASAP so its ready by the time that you apply.

3. ๐ƒ๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฐ๐š๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐‹๐Ž๐‘? โˆ™ ๐—ช๐—”๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—— letters have more value, it means that you didnโ€™t see it, you trust the doctor that wrote it that he will write something nice about you โˆ™ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—ช๐—”๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—— means that you will see what he wrote, and losses its value, if you did a great job, why would they write something bad about you? If you impressed them, they will just want to help you, they know how important LORs are. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

4. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ ๐š ๐‹๐Ž๐‘? You select the LOR-Program that you want to assign it to, very easy.

5. ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ญ? Already explained: around the first week of June is when Begins Applicants can register and start working on uploading the documents. So, you have until September to work on it.

6. ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐‹๐Ž๐‘๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž?

โˆ™Fresh LORs are always the best, if you have a LORs from past years, reach back to the doctor and ask them to please change the date to this year. โˆ™If for some reason you donโ€™t have any more contact and its impossible to reach out to that doctor: 1. Get a LOR from another doctor 2. You can still submit it that old LOR, but it losses its value by a lot.


Note: If you have a hardcopy of the LOR and you can't reach the doctor for some reason I heard some people made an account and submitted it. I don't know if that's ok to do or not. Please check first, don't get in trouble, this is very serious stuff!