Research Fellow Question:
Dear Dr. Julius,
I have recently discovered your website, and I am amazed by your level of empathy and willingness to help. Your effort here is something quite unparalleled. I highly value taking and giving feedback, and after reading tons of your articles, I wanted to express how much I appreciate your work here on this website. Especially the last article gave me extra courage to contact you.
I am an FMG as well, and I am currently working as a full-time research fellow in the United States, and at the same time, I am studying for the steps. If I can take all three (Step I USMLE, CK and CS), I will apply for Match 2019, but I am not sure if I can make it till September. So what would be the latest date to upload my ERAS data to be on the safe side? I am afraid to make a hasty move that can ruin the whole application.
Secondly, how should I spend my time here to increase my chances of matching apart from my research? I truly believe this blog is a treasure so I will probably read all the articles (Yes, believe me!, that is what I usually do when I find something excellent to read) and give you more comprehensive feedback.
Also after reading all, I may find the courage to write an article myself and send it to you for a review but I must disclose that I am not well versed in writing at such a great level. I am looking forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
Thanks for the compliments. I have created to my blog to help out folks like you who are beginning. It’s tough out there!
Anyway, regarding your questions. First, I would make sure to get your applications in as early as possible. Often, programs will not interview those that have sent their applications in later. So, particularly as an international student, this would be critical. As soon as you get your scores back, I would recommend that you get that application in right away. Of course, don’t forget to edit it and check it over!
When you are doing your fellowship, I would make sure to get to know the program director and critical faculty in the radiology department. They often have significant connections that can help you to secure a position, whether in your fellowship institution or other programs as well.
Also, make sure to perform well in your fellowship. No slacking off (not that I believe you would). Put in that extra effort when you are there. Give great presentations and sound knowledgeable. Read a lot. Ask good questions.
Summary For The Research Fellow
These simple tasks will help you to create a good impression. And, any time you have an idea for an article, I would be happy to consider it for the website. I could always use a few more guest posts!
Good luck with the application process!
Barry Julius, MD