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orthopaedic residency IMG 2 weeks 2 days ago #38430

My friend has MLE score < 230 (both exams ) and old graduate. Recently working in middle east. He is interested in orthopaedic residency in united states. not good research experience. Does he have any chance in current residency match season?
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orthopaedic residency IMG 1 week 6 days ago #38434

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Honestly, He does not have much of a chance with those low scores, no research, and IMG status. Even if he improves his applications with tons of research, the cards are still stacked against him. If he truly wants to practice ortho in the US, he may have a better chance of doing so by completing his residency in his origin country and then doing 3 ortho fellowships in the US to become board eligible.

Getting into Ortho is hard enough for US medical grads. With the bias against foreign medical education, it is very difficult to land an ortho spot even if you are the top 5% of your class (scores and research). Additionally, every year there are new medical grads (domestic and foreign) that will be competing with him for a residency position. If he truly wants to complete an ortho residency in the states, i recommend that he does a 2-3 yr high volume research fellowship. He will have to make himself an asset to prospective programs. Even with that, the odd are still low.
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orthopaedic residency IMG 1 week 4 days ago #38435

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cmaster wrote:
If he truly wants to practice ortho in the US, he may have a better chance of doing so by completing his residency in his origin country and then doing 3 ortho fellowships in the US to become board eligible.
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* 3 years of fellowship = license to work, but no board certification?
* Does the home coutry residency increase the chances to get a residency position (at least advanced)?
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