USMLE Scores, Fellowship, And Prestige: Are They Linked?
Questions About USMLE Scores, Fellowship, And Prestige:
Hi Dr. Julius,
Thank you so much for making this website and posting all this valuable information to help out medical students/residents in the radiology community. I’ve been following your website for a long time now, and you have no idea how much I’ve learned from your posts.
I’m currently at a university DR program, and I did undergrad and med school at this same university (both undergrad and med school ranked top 20, DR program ranked around 30 by Doximity). I’m between neuro and breast fellowship, haven’t decided which one, but they are both considered pretty good programs at my university. However, I always feel like I could have gone to a better residency program and couldn’t stop wondering what would it be like if I went to a better fellowship. However, my USMLE scores are on the lower side. I do have excellent evaluations from radiology attendings; some of them even wrote “one of the best residents in the class, if not the best.”
My first question is, how vital are USMLE scores in fellowship application? I do have several research projects and have been going to several conferences each year (either with leadership positions or abstract presentations). I’m hoping to submit two research papers early next year (currently PGY3). I’ve also been involved in med student teaching, as well.
The second question is, should I go somewhere else for fellowship, knowing I may not get into a better program than my home program? I admit the number one reason I want to go somewhere else is for my ego. I want to go somewhere even better and well known. For my career path, I think I want to do private practice first then retire to academics later in life. But if I could find a good academic job that pays well, I might go directly into academics (indeed not my program as new attendings are very poorly paid here)- looking forward to your reply.
From the resident who probably overthinks,
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