How does the LOR help IMGs get residency in the US via USMLE?

My answer to How does the LOR help IMGs get residency in the US via USMLE?

Answer by Sia Kumar:

The system in USA is slightly different than in India.

As in India , you clear an entrance exam- get a score and rank, based on these get a PG seat according to your preference and availability of seat.

In USA, however its like applying for a training job position. So you need to built a good CV /Resume that tells the hospital that you are the perfect candidate for them.

This CV building includes good USMLE scores along with good LOR ,good medical school scores/honors, any article publications or posters, research associations, work experience. LORs are preferred of order USA LOR > Home country LOR, but one of the two has to be there.

For each hospital residency application of a specialty you need to provide 3 LORs along with your residency application.

LOR is said to be good if:

  1. USA LOR> any other country LOR.
  2. LOR writter’s rank in the medical system is high and his extend of association with your clinical skills is close monitoring & long.
  3. LOR by doctor for work in the applied specialty branch > doctor for work in other branches. This means if you apply for IM and give Psychiatry LOR even though its a USA LOR , it reflects poorly most of times on your decisive ability.

How does the LOR help IMGs get residency in the US via USMLE?

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