Sunday, September 27, 2015

The official Match rates of 2015 tell the whole story

The official Match rates for the 2015 Residency match tell us that US Seniors match at a 93.9% rate or that only 1,093 did not match. 

So YAY!!! Right?

Wrong! This may be true by how they report it, but the truth is harder to swallow!

You see Matched is "I have a residency and I'm in a residency" If a senior withdraws or fails to rank in NRMP they are no longer counted as unmatched............Yet they are. Also a US medical school reapplicant is not counted in the reported 93.9%, so lets do some real numbers here:

All US Medical School Grads who applied for PGY1 2015
19,545, Matched 17,594, Total unmatched 1951 or a 90% match rate.

So per the way NRMP reports is the true US grad match rate is 90% for MD Grads, add in the DO grads at 2,949
22,494 for all AMGs then with 2,339 matching  total AMGs matching in 2015 is 19,933 or 89% match rate and 2561 AMGs did not match in 2015.

Real numbers of AMGs in 2015 
That did not match:
22,494 all AMGs, (seniors,re-applicants, DO)
19,933 Matched
2561 did not match
89% match rate for AMGs 2015 

OK what about others in the match that withdrew or did not rank? They are still US medical school grads without a PGY1 right? Yes they are.

If you include them these are the numbers:

All US Medical School Applicants: 28,319
Matched 17,594
Match rate 70%....................

Now did some of these people match outside the NRMP? Maybe, why did they not rank or withdraw? I don't know.  Why did they take the time and spend the money to enter the residency match? They are US medical school seniors and or graduates, they must be qualified. So is 64% too low? Yes I think so, my guess is 75% would be more the number but this is just a guess. 

Heads would ROLL if the numbers were low and reported, can't be so............ or can it? 

Total US IMGs were 6,917  Matched 2660 38%
Total Non US IMGs were 10,060 Matched 3641 36%

Over all the open spots were 27,293 
All applicants was 41,334  

These are real numbers of who applies in September and the result from the overwhelming applicant pool

Bottom Line......... We need more residency spots in the USA NOW! 

USMLE Can I take it again?

USMLE........ the biggest factors in matching for residency are programs screening out:  

  1. Step one score
  2. Attempts to pass the test
  3. Year of Graduation
  4. Needing a Visa

So can I take it again? 

Currently this is what the USMLE site says:

The current minimum passing scores are as follows:
Step 1: 192
Step 2 CK: 209
Step 3: 190
(Step 2 CS is Pass or Fail)

Can I retake a Step that I passed to raise my score? No. If you pass a Step, you are not allowed to retake it, except to comply with the time limit of a medical licensing authority for the completion of all Steps or a requirement imposed by another authority recognized by the USMLE program.
Can I retake a Step that I previously passed? If you pass a Step or Step Component, you are not allowed to retake it, except to comply with certain state board requirements which have been previously approved by USMLE governance. For example, you may retake a passed Step to comply with the time limit of a medical licensing authority for the completion of all Steps or a requirement imposed by another authority recognized by the USMLE program for this purpose. The medical licensing authority must provide information showing that you are an applicant for licensure in that jurisdiction; have fulfilled all requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction; are eligible for licensure except for the out-of-date examination; and have completed the full USMLE sequence, including Step 3. Information regarding retakes allowed to comply with ECFMG requirements is provided at the time of exam application using ECFMG's Interactive Web Applications (IWA).
If you are repeating a previously passed Step or Step Component because of a time limit, you may apply to retake the examination only after the applicable time limit has expired. An exception to this policy can be granted if, at the time of application and testing:
  • you are currently enrolled in an LCME- or AOA accredited medical school program leading to the MD or DO degree;
  • you have previously passed Step 1 and/or Step 2 but have not passed Step 3;
  • you are expected to graduate from the medical school program six or more years after the date you first passed Step 1 and/or Step 2; and
  • you are otherwise eligible to retake the examination.

SO it matters that you do the best you can the first time.

For FMG/IMG you should not apply for residencies in the match until you:
Pass Step 1, 2 and CS by August in the that Match season.
Have CLinical experience in the US
Have US Letters of Recommendation

Good LUCK! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

YEP gave ERAS my money again this year...............

Yep  I paid ERAS some $$$ for applying this year again.

I went to Kansas City and talked to a number of residencies at the AAFP conference.

These were the residencies I applied to in hopes I made a connection.

I won't lie I told my story and asked if I would be considered.

I pray that this year I get some interviews.

I passed all the steps now and paying back my student loans, I really need to get in this year.

I want to go through a Family Medicine Residency and continue to work with the underserved.

God Bless.....................................