To Dr. Levine and others: Prelim surg vs. more research

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8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #31190 by gr33
Dear Dr. Levine and other attendings moderating this forum,

I am an IMG applying this year to the match.
Credentials:
Step1: 270
Step2: 271
ECFMG certified
Going on to my second year of research in a very prestigious research institution and working with well known and supportive mentors. Several research projects ongoing, including 2 manuscripts submitted.

I wanted to know what you would advise as an alternative plan in case I don't match: go for a preliminary surgical internship and re-apply next year or go for an additional year of research?

Thank you.

Best regards,
GR.

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8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #23151 by Cannulated
Where (which country) did you receive your MD?

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8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #23153 by
I would apply to every orthopaedic program in the country and go "all in". After 2 years of research and with impressive USLME scores I don't think another year of research will change anyone's mind about your application. So I'd apply to every orthopaedic program and some gen surg programs (in places that have large orthopaedic residency programs in case someone drops out).

Good luck!

wnl

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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #23186 by gr33
Dr. Levine,

Thank you for your prompt and helpful advice.
I will follow this plan.
I also had an additional question that I was hoping you could answer:
I know that you have previously commented on submitting a letter from a chief resident, but I have a letter that was written by one of the fellows whom I rotated with during an away rotation as a medical student. I am confident he wrote me a strong letter and he sent it now as an attending in a big academic institution, but of course he met me as a fellow... My thoughts are that I had better submit this strong letter which comments on my clinical/surgical skills during a US clinical experience written by someone who worked closely with me, than a probably weaker letter written by an attending who maybe did not know me that well but has more experience and a bigger name. Could you please share your thoughts on that point?
Thank you.

To Cannulated: Does it matter where I received my MD?

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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #23187 by
send letters from strongest advocates - that's always in your best interest -

good luck

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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #23191 by gr33
Dr. Levine,

Once again, thank you for your precious and very prompt advice.
I was just afraid that program directors and selection committee members might perceive a letter from a fellow as a sign of weakness.

Best regards,
GR.

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