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Should I apply again?

September 14, 2011

Most of you are anxiously awaiting interview requests.  Most programs have not even started to look at applications.

Some of you will interview.  Many will not.  It is the nature of the game unfortunately.

For those of you who don’t make it on this go around, many are tempted to apply again and again.  This is something that I do not advise.  Your initial application is your best chance.  If you don’t match on your first try you are not likely to match on your second.  The caveat to this observation is that if you apply late, apply without ECFMG certification, apply without USCE or apply only to competitive university programs you are likely not to match due to one of these factors.  If you make these mistakes and don’t match then reapply only if you can correct all of these problems.  Once a program has seen you it makes little sense to apply again to that program next year.

If your scores are marginal give it one cycle.  If you do not match with marginal scores I don’t advise doing research or more clinical observation time.  Stay where you are, establish yourself.

There are a lot of disappointed IMG physicians in the US who are not doing clinical work.  I hope that you do not become one.

The views expressed in this post are those of Kenneth Christopher, MD and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. Christopher’s employer Partners HealthCare.

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