USMLE Sarthi provides great support throughout the application and interview process. They are very responsive. The mock Interviews help alleviate the anxiety prior to actual interviews. One on one interview preparation with Pawan was very helpful in refining the interview responses. The 24 hour ongoing discussion in the common sarthi group is also very helpful and applicants can ask any question related to the interview, application, ranking etc. I highly recommend their service.
Prematched! Caribbean graduate- Thanks to Sarthi team
I came in contact with Dr. Khera through USMLE Sarthi Facebook when I was searching for how to write an effective personal statement. Even though I was a FMG (Carribean), I was clueless regarding to structuring and writing an effective PS and packaging my application. I quickly enrolled with them and had access to lots of videos and live classes on how to write an excellent Personal statement and ERAS CV. My PS and CV were well reviewed by the journalists pointing out all the silly mistakes I had made.
The IV prep and mock interviews started early in September which helped me tremendously to be ready with my first interview, Dr. Khera and his team helped polished my interview skills that I got a prematch offer with my first interview in early October.
Dr. Khera was always available to answer any and all questions that I had. I also learned a lot from the USMLE Sarthi group on telegram. Thanks to Dr. Htun, Dr. Vilanilam, Dr. Englickel and the rest of the panelists for their immeasurable advice.
Overall, USMLE Sarthi was extremely helpful. They exceeded my expectation compare to the affordable price that I paid. I wouldn’t have gotten a load of interviews without their help.
I am happy to have already secured a residency in internal medicine early in the season and be done with the match process.
Thank You!!! Sarthi team for your altruistic services. I highly recommend Sarthi to anyone applying for US Residency.
Usmle Sarthi- Truly a Sarthi for the residency match!
I am a medical graduate from India with YOG of 6 years and average scores. After going unmatched in 2018, the first and best thing I did was joining USMLE Sarthi. Within the first few talks with Pawan, I could come to a conclusion of what my CV was lacking and how my plans should be. Most of us lack insight on what we are lacking, and we give more focus on what we feel is right and from opinions of a lot of people around us. This is where Sarthi is unique, they don’t just give opinions, they help us to formulate a plan after going through our CV in a detailed way. They point to us what exactly we lack and strategies to overcome those deficiencies. Dr. Shaji, had been an amazing mentor to me. He guided me on how to build a great CV based on my experiences and how to strengthen my clinical experiences within the limitations I had. He also motivated me to come up with case reports which I could present in different conferences. They also helped me in getting a detailed review of PS and CV. Because it is reviewed by both a physician and journalist, the chance of making a mistake almost reduces to nil. Mock interviews with Dr. Shaji, Dr. Pannala and Dr. Mansuri had been insightful. They helped me in coming up with strategies to tackle my weakness and at the same time, enhance my strengths during the interviews. These mock interviews gave me a chance to make mistakes and learn from them. I felt really comfortable and prepared before my interviews. Also, the whatsapp group is a resource where we get expert opinions on anything and everything regarding the residency match. All the panel members especially Dr. Zin Mar Htun, are helpful and responds to your questions in a prompt way.
My heart-felt thanks to Pawan, Dr. Shaji, Dr. Pannala, Dr. Mansuri and all the panel members for their help and support during this wonderful journey to residency.
I am an old IMG with a gap of more than 10 years after graduation. I applied for the first time, applied a month late, got 15 interviews (internal medicine) and matched to my first choice. USMLESarthi helped me throughout the process and had a big role in helping me achieve my goal. USMLESarthi, through their videos and live sessions, gives you a set of tools. How successful one is during the match process depends upon how effectively one uses these tools. I have mentioned some points which made a difference.
# They set up a strategy session, help you identify and then improve upon your weaknesses, help you polish your personal statement, LORs and ERAS application.
# I derived the most benefit as far as my preparation for interviews is concerned. The thing about interviews is that one doesn’t realize what one is doing wrong until someone points it out. Once one realizes then everything seems very simple. Eyes don’t see what the mind doesn’t know. Simple things like what NOT to say, or how to say something in a way that highlights your strengths. The mock interviews help to lessen some of the anxiety. I had mine with Chintav Shah who helped out a lot. He was easily accessible to answer any questions that I had.
# Another big plus is that one gets to interact with candidates who have recently matched. They are not the competition and you can trust their advice. There is an opportunity to learn from what they did successfully. Learn from mistakes that others have made instead of making them yourselves.
Match is a difficult and stressful process and USMLESarthi made it easier and less stressful. One advice I can give to all the applicants is to know your profile and set realistic goals. Identify your strengths and highlight them in your personal statement, Eras application and during the interviews. Prepare well and don't leave anything to chance.
I am writing as a matched applicant with a 10-year gap after medical school graduation. From the beginning, I want to tell you that is possible to get matched with a big gap, and I am matched in Internal Medicine residency program. I am also 3 rd year match applicant, 2 years was not successful for me, but at the same time, it was needed to get experience and to build strong application during unmatched years. During the third year, I did not know what is the problem in my application. I did not have anybody who can guide me and edit my mistakes. In January 2018 I started to search for services to edit my PS and somehow I saw Sarthi videos on Youtube and did a deep research regarding team and services. I was really amazed that on Sarthi website was given phone number of Pawan who could help to answer any questions regarding the service. At the beginning of summer, I signed up for Sarthi and not even one day regret of my purchase. First of all the whole team is amazing and build by people who are actually in US residency or doctors who practising medicine in the US which is big PLUS. So they know the whole process and details how successfully match!!!
Big thank you for my mentor Zin, she is amazingly well equipped professional mentor, she helped me a lot to edit my PS, ERAS application. SARTHI Mentors always on chat with you and ready to answer any questions regarding your application.
Also, I would like to thank Dr.Sattar in mock interview preparation, preparation is one of the keys to match in residency. After an interview, I knew I did well and I answered all questions with a positive vibe and smile. I am an IMG who immigrated with 2 small kids and worked in different jobs related and not related to medicine, despite all problems, ups, and downs of immigration challenges I was able to match, so YOU will match also. BELIEVING in Yourself is Most Important than anything else!!!! If there is a WILL there is always a WAY. Thank you so much SARTHI !!! I would definitely suggest SARTHI!!!
A reliable and efficient mentorship service for residency match!
I highly recommend USMLE Sarthi match services. It is totally worth it! Pawan & team explains the match process in an excellent manner. Numerous questions were coming to my mind during the season & they answered them all. They have great videos & a very active messaging group. Dr. Mansuri was my mentor. He helped me greatly in CV & PS & gave precious advice. Being connected to the other Sarthi members was a huge comfort. The match process is complicated & one needs to have all the information. Sarthi steers one in the right direction & gives a lot of confidence. They counsel candidates from the start to the end of match cycle. They identify the weak areas in profile & guide how to strengthen those. I will suggest to join them early in the season (Feb/March) so that there is enough time to make progress. I would say a very special thanks to Katherine She has been on the group since the beginning & is an amazing panelist. I have learnt so much through her discussions. I wish my best to the wonderful Sarthi team. Thank you Pawan & team!
I am very thankful to the entire Sarthi team for the help, support, counseling and guidance at every step. This is absolutely a must for international students in order to get structured inputs at every step. The live sessions with Q&A were very informative on different topics and Pawan Sir and the team used to encourage questions and clarify all the doubts. They provided valuable inputs for the CV, personal statement and the interview preparation. Pawan Sir was available any time to answer any doubts/query during the entire time, be it interview related or any other anxiety for that matter. I couldn’t have got a better mentor than Pawan sir. He is the best. A lot of imgs underestimate the criticality of cv and personal statement and the interview prep. Scores are an important factor but once you are in the interview room, your cv, personal statement and ur confidence in the interview is what they are looking at. So this is where the Sarthi team comes into play. I would strongly recommend usmle Sarthi to every img. They are knowledgeable, dependable, reliable, experienced and value for money.
Great USMLE match experience with USMLEsarthi team
My experience with USMLE Sarthi was great! Especially the mock interviews helped a lot in preparing for the actual interviews. The videos going over what possible questions could be asked and how to prepare for them helped so much in building my confidence for the interviews. The Sarthi community (especially the WhatsApp group) was where I gained the most knowledge on how to tackle my residency application. My mentor Ravali was awesome, she helped clean up my personal statement and provided great tips on how to tackle it. Pawan is helpful in so many ways from the beginning of the residency cycle up until match day he is there to provide any assistance you may need. Highly recommend joining this group for mentorship.
The Residency application was a long drawn out process, which can be intimidating at times. Moreover, being an International Medical Graduate, it was paramount to stay one step ahead than the rest. This is where USMLESarthi came in and helped me sail through. I was provided with constant motivation and guidance in testing times. USMLESarthi helped me understand the nitty-gritties involved in drafting my Curriculum Vitae and Personal Statement. It helped me realise my weaknesses and encouraged me to work on it. At the same time, I was made aware of my strengths, and taught to leverage its full potential. The mock interviews conducted were of immense value, and helped me understand the perspective of an interviewer. USMLESarthi mentors patiently listened to my queries, and were always available to give me constructive feedback. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mr. Pawan and whole USMLESarthi team for all the help. I wholeheartedly recommend USMLESarthi to all future Residency applicants!
I became a part of the Usmle Sarthi early in April. From teaching me how to write my CV and PS to how to give the residency interviews, they were with me throughout. Pawan was always available whenever I needed anything for which I am grateful. The classes were very informative and the mock interviews were especially helpful in giving me feedback on how to improve. I highly recommend to anyone planning to get into US residency. Thank you Sarthi team.
"You just have to clear the steps, and the rest will be easy." is what most people say when one first dives into this process. However we soon realize that there's so much more to it! And honestly I don't think there's anyone better than the Sarthi team out there to help guide through all the preparation that has to be made in order to secure a US residency. No matter what your individual situation is, experts are available round the clock to provide their invaluable advice and provide a tailored solution to your issues. I believe steps like planning out my interview season, making my personal statement, CV, interview preparation etc. would have been multitudes tougher if not for the Sarthi team's support.
A big thank you to Pawan, Dr. Katherine, Dr. Alag and Mr. Dibble for all the help! Continue the good work!
I can honestly recommend Sarthi guidance without a doubt. Maybe you don’t necessary need a full guidance to match like the one they offer (depends on your situation), but I can tell you I felt confident throughout my interviews because of them, they no only prepared you for the interviews per se but also, you can receive advices and guidance from experienced mentors before applying. Also, if you happen to have any questions regarding a special situation you are having in the moment, their team will answer you promptly, I really liked that. Also, even before submitting your Rank order list, you will have a one on one appointment with a panelist to hep you clear your mind and answer you any question you may have!!
The mock interviews were very useful, they gave me tips and after interviewing at different places, I noticed that sarthi’s panelist asked very similar questions and simulated the actual scenario very well.
Unfortunately, I discover this company just a couple of days before applying so I couldn’t take full advantage of it. I recommend you to enroll as early as possible. Money can be an issue but I can tell you is cheaper to pay for services like this than to go unmatched, think of it as an investment (at least that’s what I thought).
The UsmleSarthi team provided an amazing amount of support and guidance throughout the whole interview process. They covered everything from sample questions and answers to the most efficient way to arrange travel and accommodation. The mock interviews are just like the real deal and with feedback given by those who are current residents, it gave me the confidence I needed to perform well on my interviews! They really know what they are doing and I am fortunate to have benefited from their expertise!
As an IMG, I started out the USMLE journey with a lot of confusion and misconceptions. I believed scores were everything. While scores are important, the Sarthi team were the ones to impress upon me the importance of a well rounded CV. The sarthi team advises and pushes you to improve your deficient areas. My CV and PS improved immensely after the revisions and corrections they offered and the IV prep offered was also helpful. Basically, sarthi provides a lot of clarity into the whole process.
If you want residency, you should join Sarthi!
It is as simple as that.
USMLE Sarthi helped me in preparation of CV, ERAS application, Personal statement. Pawan and my mentor who is best Dr Mansuri always guided me in respect to how to make my application stronger like whether to go for observership or research, where to apply for it, how to make most of it when you go for rotation. Dr Zeeshan Mansuri helped me with interview preparation which is most important to get matched once you get interview invitation.
The match journey can be quite daunting with several aspects of the CV to build on and multiple deadlines to keep track of. The core mentor group along with the wider student community at Sarthi does a great job at effectively streamlining this process. Pawan and the other mentors including Dr. Katherine, Dr. Zeeshan, Dr. Pannala are extremely knowledgeable and responsive to all our queries and concerns. It is also very reassuring to feel part of a community where a lot of people are going through the same situation as you are. I hope all the future applicants find the match process to be as fulfilling as we did and I wish everyone good luck!
I am a recent graduate and I matched into my top choice for IM. I joined Sarthi in July 2018, and it has helped me every step of the way. Guiding us through the applications, interview and post interview including the rank order list. I feel that having a group of people applying for the match helps us not to miss anything. And having a mentor like Dr. Sridevi Rajeevi is the best thing that I got out of this. She was an incredible support system during and after the interviews. I would highly recommend this service to everyone.
Sarthi team guided me throughout the interview season. Interview sessions were informative and gave chance for everyone to speak up and ask questions regarding their CV.
The team was approachable and answered each and every question, especially Dr. Katherine was very active. The mock interviews were very helpful. Joining in Sarthi group helped me to improve my Interview skills and work on my weakness and it’s the best decision I made.
Thank you Sarthi team for the support through out the process.
They are very thorough in guiding applicants for a successful match. With the right approach and help from Sarthi team I was able to get 32 interviews and matched at a prestigious program. Overall, it was a good experience being part of it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Pawan and his group are extremely knowledgable and resourceful. They guide you along every step of the way. It is a daunting journey in itself, but the team made it much easier! I’d highly recommend their services. Every single doubt of yours will be answered. Thank you team Sarthi!!
Usmlesarthi was (still is) literally the “Sarthi” in my journey. I got support for every component of residency application journey, starting from writing resume, personal statement, providing the conception about good LORs to complete preparation for the interview. They even provided suggestion on my interview attire (believe it or not, they will even bother to talk about your nail paint color, if you really want to wear one. Just to let you know the extent of help they provide). But the thing I am most grateful for, is the moral support and the constant guidance to improve myself as an applicant . This is a difficult journey, the mental toll is huge. At times you will feel depressed, lost. At least, this is what happened to me. I am an old grad of 10+ years, with 3 years gap. At the time of application, I was living in west coast, with no clinical exposure. So, I didn’t have access to informations or support that are available in IMG friendly places like New York. Usmlesarthi played the best role here. I was always connected with other applicants who were in the same boat, with seniors who went through the same process, with panelist who had extended experience, through a closed group chat app. So, I didn’t feel that alone or helpless! They answered every single questions, the serious ones and the dumb ones as well. I ended up needing immediate help few times where I needed to talk to an expert immediately. Everytime they responded within 30 mins. Thank you Pawan!
From my experience every panelist tried their best to help applicants in their own way. However, I can’t thank enough Dr. Chintav Shah and Dr. Zin. As for Pawan Khera, he would always be in a special place in my heart for his tremendous supporting role in my journey.
Just so you know, I don’t have any experience or idea about other support groups, so I am not in a position to compare usmlesarthi with others. Everything I have mentioned above is completely based on my personal experience.
Now, do I recommend it to you? Yes, I do! If you can afford enroll to Platinum, It would give you access to everything including the interview prep courses.
How can you be benefited most? Be proactive in the group. No one can help you unless you seek it.
Good luck to every applicant out there!
So I joined the Sarthi team due to soaring anxiety of the match season in mid August. Despite the time crunch, they helped me polish my application in time. The video sessions gave a good insight in sharpening the CV and personal statement. Pawan is a call away to answer any questions. In this journey, one size does not fit all. Sarthi team encourages you to bring your strengths to the forefront and present them well. Mock interviews with Dr. Shaji and Dr Pannala were the highlights of my sarthi association. They were both very humble and gave a constructive feedback that helped me a lot. Dr. Katherine is very active and a great resource for all kinds of questions. Overall, a good experience and would definitely recommend it.
What I gained out of sarthi? A fabulous mentor in Pawan - who helped me throughout the application and interview season. There were days that I wanted to discuss programs, after-interview thoughts and ranking. He always made time for my doubts in his schedule. Sarthi has a great panel of mentors. They helped me convey my interview answers in a much better and a more profound way. Amazing co-sarthi friends - that were in the same boat as me and helped me stay motivated and inspired.
When I joined usmle sarthi in 2017 I had taken my steps (1,2, CS) and passed them with good scores. I thought I had done enough and this coupled with a few US rotations I had done during my internship should be enough to ensure a successful match. Little did I know how hard and competitive the usmle journey was and how I needed to change my laid back attitude if I had to match. It was Pawan who gave me my first dose of medicine and the jolt I needed to get me working hard and fast to improve my CV and make my application competitive. Every time I spoke to Pawan he pushed me to work harder and he always left me feeling I wasn’t doing enough. I would be very disappointed initially but it kept me working continuously. The closed sarthi group was a big help as well and the constant discussions with people in the same boat also ensured I was constantly in the loop of what was going on and what needed to be done in order to ensure a successful match. I did research, hands on rotations and Observerships before I applied in September 2018. The IV prep also helped immensely to ensure the IV’s went well and I never felt lost during the IV season thanks to my preparation with sarthi. In hindsight, I think the sarthi team helped me reach my potential and bring out the best in me. Without their help I would not have matched or even if I did it would not have been in a really good IM residency program and without a doubt it is the constant push from sarthi that helped push my cv to a point where not only did I match but matched into one of my top choice IM residency programs in the USA. Cheers to Pawan and the sarthi team, you guys are amazing.
I joined Sarthi in the month of October for interview preparation. This helped me a lot with my interview practice as the sessions were really informative and I learned how to frame and present my answers. The whole sarthi team was very helpful and guided me through each and every aspect of my journey. I really did well with all my interviews and here I am matched into Internal Medicine program. Thank you Sarthi team🙂
I joined Sarthi for my CS prep and I knew I wanted to join them when it came time for matching. I joined right before applications were due but nonetheless my mentor, Sailaja and Pawan were very helpful in helping me get everything together with very limited time! Pawan was always accessible. I definitely felt more at ease with the support of Sarthi and knowing what to do at each step of the process! Thank you!
Sarthi - the bridge connecting two different worlds !!
I am a recent graduate and matched to my top choice in Internal Medicine residency.
I joined Sarthi in 2018 which is one of the good decisions I made. As for my understanding, USMLE is not a single factor victory. Apart from step scores (which are crucial but irreversible once we pass), resume/personal statement/LORs/interviews all these factors plays a big role in securing interviews and to match. This professional communication makes our application distinct from others. That's why I strongly believe, apart from my regular scores, I was able to get 18 interviews.
'USMLE Sarthi' is the platform to address professional communication skills and guiding to represent the best of each applicant. For most of the international students, US-health care system is different and Sarthi comes as the best companion to mentor and to make powerful connections. All the panelists are passionate in their job especially Pawan Khera and Dr. Zin-Katherine.
Thank you for your tireless work in this process and my best wishes to all the team members..!!
Interview season is one the most exciting and anxious period of the Residency journey. In the beginning of the season I just had 6 interviews and I didn't want to take even a single interview as a mock. I wanted to be fully prepared. That's when I started looking out and came across USMLEsarthi. The team does a great job with the interview prep, all kinds of questions - behavioral scenarios , why this and why that, they prepare you for everything! I was so anxious during the two mock interviews but I did great at the first real interview. I was confident throughout the season and I matched at my top choice. Thank you Pawan and team!!
I was recommended by my friend to join Sarthi and I think it was one of the best advice given. I believe everyone going through the USMLE journey is very hardworking and determined. The key difference Sarthi made in my journey was to provide a structured guidance and evaluation. I will explain this in 4 parts.
1) Before the application process:
I can't forget the first conversation I had with Pawan regarding my profile. At that time I had done 3 clinical rotations (1 in IM, 1 in radio, 1 in PMR), passed Step 2 CS and Step 1. I was very content that I have 3 US rotations and I am done with the LOR aspect of USMLE and my keen focus was to just get done with Step 2. But Pawan told me that it is very important to have at least 3 LOR in internal medicine (specialty I wanted). I listened to his advice, worked harder, finished Step 2 earlier and started looking for the rotations and managed to do 2 more IM rotations. Now, I had 3 IM US LORs. I kept scheduling appointments with Pawan to discuss what more I could do. He guided me that the only thing left is research so I started finding research position and I got it. So by the time of application in September, I was very content with my CV: passed all steps, had 3 US IM LORs, indulged in research (not much publications, only 1 case report), but a lot of content to discuss during interviews. Besides the personal conversations with Pawan, the most important thing which helped me was the Sarthi Whatsap group which included panel members (special emphasis on Katherine), so many applicants like me where we can discussed all our doubts, kept motivating each other, makde people aware of various observership and research opportunities. Being part of the group helped me a LOT!.
2) Application process:
So now the application process began, everything from filling the ERAS CV to uploading documents was very well discussed in the group. Here, the thing which helped me the most was the list of the IM programs ( it's requirements, eligibility criteria) which all the members of the group contributed to. Through the extensive list, I could customise programs according to my profile and desires.
Now came the CV and PS review: Katherine helped me a lot to improvise on my CV and PS. There were so many minute aspects which I was unaware of which could have had a HUGE impact on procuring interviews. She pointed out all the finest details which helped me create a very well written CV and PS. I was extremely happy about my CV and PS.
3) Interview process: applied 250+ IM programs, got 28 interview invites, attended all, ranked 25 (3 were prematch).
I started getting invites since I had a good CV, PS, 3 US IM LORs, decent scores: 248, 242, CS pass (1st attempt). Now the thing was acing the interviews. I took 2 mock interviews with the panel members. They gave me very good feedback and told me the points to work on. I was pretty confident after taking them. Besides this, there is a list of interview questions which Sarthi circulated, I went through it, thought of some answers in my mind. Here again I used to discuss some of these answers with Pawan which helped me a lot. There were so many aspects which I was not aware of, Pawan and other panelists made me aware of those aspects and it really helped.
My interview trail: every Interview was making me more mature to how to ace the next interview. Believe me, every interview (total 28) was different. I could feel the growing confidence in me. I started understanding what exactly is the purpose behind the interview: it's definitely not just to give a prepared answer. It's more of what your real thinking is. I started understanding PD point of aspect, what they are looking for. Believe me, BEING YOUR SELF is the key. They don't want everyone to be the leaders, they want a team where few are leaders, few are supporters, few are entertainers, few are more interested in management aspect (but yes all focussed on providing best care to patients). So I would highly recommend express your feelings, show them what kind of person you genuinely are, assess them : assess how supportive are the faculty members and PD, how happy and well residents are doing. Do assess them, we often miss out this during the interview because our main focus at that time is to impress them. But again, do assess them.
4) Finally, rank order list:
Again I had conversation with Pawan, so many times and also, in the group regarding my list, panelist discussion. It was not easy since I had the options to choose.
I listened to everyone, tried to understand everyone's point of view and then made my list based on my OWN GUT feeling. This is extremely important. Listen to everyone but do what you think is right.
This was my entire USMLE journey with a very happy ending: Macthed at University Program.
This was possible through all the guidance and evaluation I got from Pawan and whole Sarthi teams!!!
Had it not been for the Sarthi team, i would not have been able to match . They identified my weaknesses, helped me improve them, polished my CV and personal statement, helped me with my interview skills and were always there whenever I needed them. Pawan deserves a special credit here as he was always available to answer any queries I might have, he followed up with me constantly, and made sure I did everything to increase my match chances. I would recommend everyone who is applying for residency to utilize the services of USMLE Sarthi. I assure you, you will not regret it!
I am a very old graduate. I matched in my first match! One of my friends suggested Sarthi to me. It was the best decision I made for myself. The Sarthi team has been very helpful in guiding me through the interview process. Pawan and Zin have always been very approachable and always answered my questions very promptly. All the more, even after matching, they are still helping the students through the post match procedures. I am very grateful to all the Sarthi team.
I am a recent medical graduate and looking for guidance on interview season. At the end as an img i need one good interview performance so that program can rank me..heard about usmle sarthi and joining in it is the best decision i have made. Got complete guidance on interviewing with their classes. And not only that could get whatever info i needed from the team.
Thank you so much pawan and entire sarthi team for making my journey easy and guiding me throughout the season.
I joined the Sarthi team in May 2018. I felt that I needed some guidance through this entire process of applying for Residency. My aim was to get into FM residency and through the help of the Sarthi team I have matched! I would say the best part of having Sarthi for me was the personal mentor we were assigned to and the mock interviews. Having someone review and polish your personal statement and CV is always a good idea before you apply. Needless to say, any question be it small or big can be answered by the Sarthi team or by the WhatsApp group. I am glad to have joined and will definitely recommend Sarthi for anyone who is new to this process.
I joined in Sarthi group in September 2018 . Before I joined the group, I had no knowledge about ERAS application process ,residency interview pattern and overall match process. Sarthi team gave me a platform to build the network with co applicants and also guided me through out the entire process . The group helped me in choosing the programs for application and also assisted with Externship opportunity. The mock interviews and feedback by Sarthi mentors helped me to improve my interview skills. My overall experience with sarthi team was great and I really thank the entire sarthi team for their guidance and support.
I had joined Sarthi real a bit late last year around October 2018. I was doubtful initially because it costed me. But guys, you don’t want any coin unturned. Pawan has always been there for any/every query I had. We as applicants have bunch of questions and you’ve got to ask the right person. I did not have a mentor but whatever queries I had would be answered in the group. The discussions in whatsapp group are worth it, we have panelist’s answer them asap. It’s legit and trustworthy. The interview classes have been amazing, not missing any point and making us, the students just ready to ace the interviews. Every red flag in the cv is addressed, which is the most important thing. Thank you Sarthi team.
I joined the Sarthi team early last year after a comprehensive discussion with Mr. Pawan. He evaluated my profile and helped me point out deficiencies in my application which I needed to focus on. Joining the Sarthi team was a blessing. Having continuous guidance by physicians and residents on every aspect of the match process was instrumental. The mock interviews helped boost my confidence and prepare for challenging aspects of the interview trail. Because of Sarthi, I could improve and perfect small factors of the application which we usually tend to ignore. Thank you so much for your time and efforts and I recommend anyone looking to ace the match to consider Usmle Sarthi.
Low step scores, matched in university program in Family Medicine
I matched in a university program. Thanks to Usmle Sarthi and their approach, i.e. step by step mentoring in the right direction, I was able to secure residency position in my first match cycle. Usmle Sarthi is honest about their opinions compared to other mentoring guide programs out there that over promise but under deliver. Usmle Sarthi reviewed my chances of matching with me and helped me improve my chances for securing a residency spot.
They have great mentors that worked with me to constantly improve myself. They also helped me improve my CV and personal statement and my letter of recommendations so they look much better. Usmle Sarthi also guided me with great tips to secure interviews and perform way better in my interviews.
I am an International medical graduate from India, joined USMLESarthi June 2018. I would like to thank the entire USMLESarthi team. They have guided me throughout the process, starting with how to improve my CV, then also fine-tuned the CV and personal statement. The WhatsApp group had a lot of valuable information shared and doubts clarified on a daily basis. Finally, the past interview experiences and the mock interviews prepared me for the real deal. I matched into Internal Medicine residency. Thank you very much for all the assistance.
IMG with CS attempt matched into Radiology residency in a University Program
Credentials: 23x, 24x, CS 2nd attempt, Step 3 not taken.
I am George Vilanilam, an International Medical Graduate from India. I was fortunate to match into my top choice Radiology residency program in a University hospital. Having gone unmatched last year with just two Neurology interviews, I took this year to concentrate on two specialties that was close to my heart - Neurology and Radiology. I found mentors in both Neurology and Neuroradiology with whom I was able to do continuous clinical research and clinical rotations throughout this past year, and ongoing. After going unmatched last year, I looked up the NRMP statistics for both specialties and looked at the factors I could change. Scores I couldn’t change, year of graduation - I couldn’t change, I didn’t have enough finances to pursue a graduate degree, going back home to pursue a home country residency was not an option, so I mapped out the things I needed to do: Research and Volunteer experiences.
Research: I analyzed my CV realized why I did not match, I had only few general medicine, and one neurology publications which meant nothing. Over the past one year I worked hard to put myself in projects, and take leadership and ownership of projects and contributed ideas to submit as many abstracts as possible to conferences. As soon as the conference was over, the abstract would be written top and sent for review. This became my daily routine. I spent days and nights in the hospital, often sleeping in various hospital couches. These things helped me, because my mentors, residents, and other faculty took note of my work and started valuing my work. I was given a paid fellowship soon, and this gave me more confidence to improve on my skills. I looked at the statistics for neurology and radiology - the average number publications/abstracts/presentations of matched candidates were 7.3 and 15.6 respectively. I knew I had to do much much more than that because of my CS failure. In short, I overcompensated, merely because I had no other option. At the time I certified my ERAS CV, I had about 40 publications/abstracts/presentations which only increased during the interview season.
Volunteering: I started taking projects and doing as many volunteer activities as possible. Remember that your volunteer actives do not have to be medical. They can be as simple as serving food at a homeless shelter, or helping with laundry in a cancer center, or taking care of animals at the nearest pet shelter - these are things that I did. While they may not help you get interviews, they served as interesting fodder for interview conversations.
The biggest strength and lesson I learned from USMLESarthi and particularly Pawan was the importance of looking at numbers. Looking at things objectively and in a systematic manner gives us a clear cut plan. That was the driving force this year, in addition to the interview preps I had with panel members, that was instrumental to my successful matching this year.
Believe in yourself and believe great things can happen if you only believe and work for it.
Work like hell, be aggressive yet humble and respectful of everyone.
Make mistakes, admit them, and learn from them, or better yet, learn from others mistakes.
Be a sponge : Remember a dry sponge holds more water than one which is soaked. Exude an attitude of learning and of someone who is teachable - very attractive quality for residency programs.
Due your own due diligence. Numbers don’t lie. Look up statistics for everything you are looking at. While there are exceptions to everything, do not focus on the exceptions. Are you stuck at crossroads? - Break it down to simple decision trees.
Don’t be afraid to ask. There are no stupid questions. Show that you have made an effort prior to asking - that will exponentially improve the quality of advice you receive.
Make your priorities depending on where you are in your USMLE journey. Your friend’s path might not be the most appropriate path for you. Example: Dont sacrifice your steps to run around and pursue research.
I don’t have 10 points, but thank you for reading!
USMLE sarthi has been a great support throughout this stressful journey. The entire team is organized and ready to help at every single step in this journey. Dr. Pawan took time to answer all questions and cleared every confusion I had. Mock interviews helped me to polish my interview skills and gave me confidence to do well. Their feedback had a great impact in improving my profile. I managed to match in Internal Medicine in my first cycle of match and usmle sarthi has a great role in making me prepared and confident for this entire journey.
Saarthi team was informative on the entire interview process. The residents on the team gave a different perspective to the way we prepare for interviews. The team was supportive and responsible to all our queries.
All credits for how I performed in my interviews goes to the whole sarthi team. All the mock interview s I took and the classes, with feedbacks were really helpful. You are free to ask any questions on the whole match process and be confident with it. I would say it's a must for all IMGs which are new to the system.
A true “Sarthi(companion)” in the journey Residency
I joined Usmle Sarthi in September 2018 with a hope in my heart to match into a residency position in 2019. Here I am, matched! The Sarthi team like a true companion was always there for my slightest of doubts and the structure they have in place to be available personally for each and every student is commendable. They helped me with interview preparations, provided one-on-one session with the panelists to practise interview answers, and made sure each and every student gets equal attention. I will highly recommend joining Usmle Sarthi because it helped me change my perspective towards residency and how to approach everything in general. Communicating with so many students and panelists helped my knowledge to grow in the field.
Thank you Usmle Sarthi😃
Thank you to Sarthi for their help in detail with the application process and the excellent journalist team they have. I can't stress enough how important it is to have an error-free application and to apply with confidence. Greatly satisfied with PS editing services and some unique tips mentioned on how to tackle the different scenarios during interviews. A special mention for my mentor Dr. Nandhini Sehar for guiding me and helping me with my interview preparation and encouraging me throughout. I would say, Sarthi helps in showing a way but still it is upto the candidates to make efforts. It could have been better but satisfied.
Excellent Support from the Sarthi Team for Caribbean grads
I am a Caribbean graduate who faced a lot of unfortunate circumstances through medical school, graduation, and match. I honestly thought I had no chance of matching but I ended up matching at my number one choice. Pawan is so helpful and answers all your questions right away. The closed what’s app group was extremely helpful during these stressful times. The team conducts numerous classes geared towards helping every type of applicants. I especially loved their mock interviews. I knew exactly what to expect and they even helped phrase my answers. Honestly couldn’t have done without your support. Thank you so much.
Hi I had joined Usmle sarthi in late June and they are very well organized especially when it comes to student timeline and also they provide great service in doing our cv and ps well structured and minimizing errors on it . The mock interviews they do are also a plus point as it reduces your anxiety when you take the real one . I would like to thank Dr. Anurag Sharma who has helped me through my application. Pawan is a really very quick at response and he really helps every individual based on the kind of help they need. Overall I would suggest Sarthi to upcoming students In terms or professional guidance one would need as the whole process is very draining and having people who know how to respond to certain situations eases our situation and helps us do better . Good luck to everyone.
Experienced mentors, consistent support throughout the match season. Wonderful team
As an old graduate more than 10 years with orthopedic background, this 2nd match attempt was very stressful and difficult for me but Sarthi team made it possible for me by guiding at each and every step of this match 2019. I found the suggestion and guidance on my PS and CV very usefu, hence I knew that why you need an experienced mentor in this journey. I got very valuable tips during my mock IV preparation by Dr. Sailaja and Sreedevi who I applied during my actual IVs. You don’t feel stressed out while you have good mentors by your side. Apart from this, the communication closed Sarthi groups are 24hour helpline who guide you at each and every aspect of match. I really thanks Pawan, Dr. Sailaja, Dr. Sreedevi and Dr. Rahul for guidance at each and every step of my success.
Wonderful job is being done by Sarthi. Keep going.
I am a visa requiring IMG with average scores. I joined Sarthi at the start of the ERAS cycle for interview preparation and a mock interview session. It was the best decision I made. Here are few reasons why:
1. The Sarthi panelists are all well experienced having seen many match cycles and having mentored several students. This makes them very reliable.
2. They give great, and most importantly honest advice. They will not sugarcoat anything to you. They will tell you upfront on how and what you should do to improve. And they will provide you with ways to do so. This helps make you a stronger applicant.
3.They pay attention to detail. Be it your interview responses, your CV, pre and post interview communication, your ROL etc. All these small details makes a difference.
4. The interview classes and mock session helped me become more confident. They advise you on the best way to approach certain questions, and certain difficult scenarios. They also give feedback on your facial expressions and body language. As interviews are very important in ranking applicants, Sarthi helped me match into my #2 choice out of 12 programs I interviewed at. I matched at a University Program something I thought was impossible before.
5. The closed Sarthi WhatsApp group was a good platform to ask questions to panelists who would always respond promptly. They help you out on many non match aspects too like how to write a research proposal, and how to make the most out of residency.
6. What I liked the most here was the moral support I got here from all the panelists and other applicants too. It helped me view the process in a much more positive light. The match is a grueling process, and the support I got from mentors here helped me to overcome any anxiety I had before.
Thank you Sarthi Team !
I did not match in my first attempt and that is when i joined sarthi for my second attempt. They helped me improve my application in all ways possible. Pawan is very approachable and just a message or a call away for any kind of doubts i had over the last year. They have a great chat group where there are discussions almost everyday. The PS and CV review and also the interview preparation is excellent as well. All my mentors have been very helpful and they have an amazing team of panel members. They made a big difference in my journey and ill always be thankful to them!
Sarthi team is so cooperative and reliable in every way.
As I matched into Neonatology fellowship, I highly acknowledge the help and support of the entire Sarthi team during each and every step of residency/fellowship application process with special mention of the perfect editing of personal Statement, best guidance regarding application fill up process, extremely diligent preparation for the interview and compassionate attitude towards addressing each and every concern of the students. I would especially mention the names of Dr. Pawan Khera, Dr. Nandita Khera, Dr. Nandini Seher and Dr. Rahul Pannala who have been exceptionally supportive mentors. I give the entire Sarthi team my highest recommendation regarding complete guidance about the match process.Regards.
I am an old graduate and had a below avg Step 1 score. I doubted if I could ever match. I had no interviews in my first match cycle and today I matched at my number 1 program. The difference was guidance and support by Pawan and the entire Usmle Sarthi team. They were there to help at every step esp during the interview season. Thank you once again!!
The whole application process was daunting. But USMLE sarthi was always there to help throughout the process. Pawan replied to each query promptly. The closed whats app group was a great resource. My plan had two mock interviews. I scheduled one with Dr. Zeeshan Mansuri. That was the best part of my experience with Sarthi. He was supposed to interview me for only 40 minutes. But he gave me around 3 hours. He went over all the questions. Polished all of my answers. Showed me how to change my facial expression with each response. He taught me everything that is needed to ace any interview. I am so so grateful to him. Pawan also helped me providing previous interview experience for each of my interviews. Sarthi’s comprehensive list of programs was of great help during the application process. In a word, sarthi was a great companion during the match cycle and made my journey smoother. Thank you team Sarthi.
Excellent support system, guidance and mentoring by the USMLE Sarthi team.
I'm an average medical student with average scores. I had almost given up hope because I had a drop in my ck score from step 1. But after speaking to Pawan I decided to continue. He helped and guided every step of the way. Gave me a structured plan of action to improve my CV. I want to thank Dr. Hany for his mentoring and guidance and belief in me. Also want to thank Dr. Nandini Sehar and Dr. Shaji for excellent interview tips. The interview sessions were the highlight of the sarthi team helped me polish my answers. Above all I want to thank Pawan from the bottom of my heart for being replying to every anxiety provoked message of mine and believe in me more than I believed in myself. Thank you guys so much!!
Excellent support by pawan khera and the entire sarthi team for residency match
Application for Residency has been an amazing journey! I have seen my son, Sameer going through this and all throughout Pawan khera was very supportive. Sameer followed everything that was told ,interview sessions , suggestions to the PS , CV , communication skills , mock interviews and the tips to a successful residency match. The Sarthi team and the family like atmosphere generated for all enrolled helped the students perform with confidence . Pawan sir and his mentors were all encouragement at all times and as a mother I would like to Thank Pawan Khera and the Sarthi group from the bottom of my heart .pawan sir your support and your prompt replies to my messages to all my basic questions was very appreciative . Deep felt thanks once again to all of you in the group.
Our students share their joy and excitement with their families, friends and USMLEsarthi team
11 Mar 2019
Thanks to Sarthi and Panel members. Specially I want to thank Dr. Zin and Dr. Anurag Sharma for the mock interviews. I worked according to their suggestions and nailed the interviews. Pawan is also very helpful with his prompt response to any calls,messages or emails.And obviously I want to mention if you have any concerns regarding your PS/CV or If you find out that you are not satisfied with the corrected CV or PS ,you can tell Pawan .He is there to help you .Overall, It was a great experience!!
Excellent guidance at each step from Pawan and the great Sarthi team
I can only say thank you for the excellent guidance that I received from the sarthi team which finally got me IM residency in New York in one of my dream hospitals. Sarthi team was a true companion on my USMLE journey. The interview preparation with my mentor and other faculty boosted my confidence. Sarthi team has an excellent database of previous candidates who interviewed at the programs which allows one to better prepare for the interviews. I even got help to schedule my exclusive hands on rotation in the US. The Whats app group was superb as I knew that whatever doubts I had would be solved by the panelists in no time. The weekly meetings with Pawan and my mentor enabled me to discuss my plan for the match and to optimize my strategies of making it to my dream residency in internal medicine. Throughout the year the Sarthi team was very active in making excellent webinars on various key elements of usmle journey. My cv and ps was very well reviewed along with minute points for improvement which made all these documents perfect. What I loved about USMLE Sarthi was the accessibility and the extensive group discussions. I would highly recommend Sarthi for all my friends and fellow colleagues on this USMLE journey. This journey is long but extremely beautiful with an effective strategy which Sarthi is great at helping for.
Friend, Philosopher and Guide - Usmle Sarthi team !
The path to residency, in my opinion, has many roads and routes leading to one common destination. Along with immense dedication and perseverance, treading this journey requires timely professional support, guidance and feedback. I was lucky to get all of this after coming in contact with the USMLE sarthi team. How I wish I had contacted them way early in my journey, but nevertheless the entire team welcomed me even though I reached out to them at the near end - just before I gathered my final pieces together. While completing the USMLE steps is a feat in itself, putting together a well-structured ERAS Application and Personal Statement holds its own importance. I can confidently say that without the live interactive classes conducted by the experienced Sarthi team members which walk you through every step of this process, and the feedback given by professional journalists and physicians, this task would have been much more difficult to accomplish. The main highlight, according to me, is the USMLE sarthi closed WhatsApp group where current residents (who have recently been through the process) and experienced physicians provide their help and opinion 24/7. Every question of mine was answered and every concern, addressed. The fact that interview prep begins very early and even mock interviews are conducted much before the IV season is in full swing adds the advantage of being prepared even if an invite comes very early in the season. The Sarthi team, especially Pawan played a crucial role in helping me make the difficult decision of accepting a pre match offer vs proceeding for the match. I would like to thank the entire Sarthi team for their efforts I hope many more candidates would benefit from their expertise.
I have been witnessing how eagerly USMLESarthi helps out residency applicants, especially IMGs during the match season as well as during the preparation phase for USMLE Step exams. They have got abundant free resources like blogs, youtube videos as well as paid courses. I had this deep urge to work with them and help out my fellow students, which led to the start of my journey with USMLESarthi as a campus ambassador. I am learning a lot of new thing and strongly feel that USMLESarthi is a one-stop solution for every IMG's match related difficulties.
I decided to get professional help from Sarthi. I realized the exam is all about the right information at the right time. If you don’t have any reliable source of information, you can lose valuable time in either experimenting yourself or may get misguided by a lot of useless information.
Ten year old graduate and one month USCE, Sarthi helped me Match!!!
10 Jul 2018
The right guidance through this tedious USMLE journey
It was March 2017, I had just gone unmatched. I was contemplating an end to my USMLE journey and my desire of doing a residency in USA. It was then that Pawan and his Sarthi team came into picture. The team acted as a much needed reality check and a road map towards achieving my career goals. From drafting my application to polishing my interview skills. It was the right guidance, by the right people at the right time. My two cents, this is the perfect GPS for your residency goals. Thank you so much Pawan!
Pawan and team were efficiently able to bring out positive elements in my academic profile. They not only help me build my profile but also helped me make it presentable. One on one discussions with Pawan during which he provided a thorough objective assessment and plan, helped me stay right on track. Constructive criticism is an essential need in pulling through this rigorous journey. Sarthi team always had an honest feedback regardless. The best thing I liked about Team Sarthi is that they deliver what they promise. With them, what you are seeing is you what are getting.
As I reflect back, last year was crazy. I was applying for the match again after not being successful the first time. Confused and in self-doubt of my abilities, I called up Pawan and asked for a candid review. He told me I had more than 90% chance of matching and he backed it up by statistics. It gave me a sudden bump of confidence to press on.
Sarthi plan guided me across the finish line and I truly realized how much I had been missing in my application in previous year. It's the small differences that matter. Not only did I land very high number of interviews, I was able to match at place of my choice.
The interviewing panel is a mix of youth and experience. Some are top gamers in the field and some have just started the residency and they really point out weakness and help you cover. My plan had the option to write my potential interview answers and get them reviewed. I was doing an observership at that time and had my actual interview and mock scheduled very close. Sarthi team reviewed my content which initially was very poor in terms of answers and even though they have alot of people enrolled, worked with me round the clock to really make it look unique and genuine so I have everything fixed before my first big interview.
I'm grateful to the team and it's totally worth it
30 May 2018
Superb support through trying times
Everyone of us who has travelled the USMLE journey has tremendous patience and determination. We have all had our highs and lows but we continue to have hope and keep striving. USMLE Sarthi is about this hope. It’s about giving us the courage to better ourselves and overcome every challenge and grow from it.
My Personal Statement and CV received very constructive feedback from them. The best part was that they encourage you to retain your true essence while honing your writing skills and expression. Your essence reflects in the interviews. That honesty is maintained and at the same time they suggest good examples that you can draw out from your life experiences to make a thought provoking piece.
My mock interviews gave me the confidence to face the real interviews and ace them. Dr. Pannala boosted my confidence right at the beginning of the season. He also suggested some places I must improve and I made those changes accordingly. Dr. Shaji is very encouraging and gave me excellent points that I added into my interview matter. They care. They make you believe in yourself and polish your skills so that you can go out and achieve.
Dr. Khera is a wonderful mentor who is always present. I had multiple discussions with him where he gave me excellent advice that always worked for me. He and his entire team is very committed and I am really glad and grateful to them for supporting me through trying times to finally achieve our success.
Thanks to the USMLESarthi team for Residency Match
I joined USMLE Sarthi around July last year.Thanks to Dr. Nandita and Matt for helping me effectively write my CV and PS. Pavan was always available to answer any doubts I had,the Whatsapp group was a tremendous support during the whole season.Overall thanks to the whole team for your guidance,timely tips and tricks.
I went through USMLE Sarthi for CS prep because I didnt really know what to expect. I did read through the format in first aid and on the USMLE website but because I am an IMG, I didnt want to make any mistakes on the format/protocol. All of the teachers were so hands on, and Ravali our mentor was constantly giving us feedback and helped us tremendously with our patient notes. I definitely felt more confident knowing that I had some practice under my belt and was sure of how everything was meant to go. There was nothing unexpected. Thank you USMLE sarthi!
19 May 2018
Helping hands for dream residency in the US
The journey to residency is very difficult without a mentor, one who will guide you in every small or big decisions on the way. I am happy I took the big step of trusting Sarthi ( I was a bit skeptical at first) and in return I got ample amount of guidance in the form of interview prep, how to build my CV and PS. The WhatsApp group was also really helpful. Thank you Pawan and the team.
18 May 2018
Joining Sarthi was one of few good decisions I have made in my life . With low scores and not a great cv Pawan and his team gave us really good tips and advice on how to make CV and PS. We all think ours is good but in fact when you have professional people look at it you realize you need lot of changes and that’s where Pawan and his team come in frame . I am glad I joined them and ended up matching in university program with below average scores .
I would say it’s worth the investment as it might just save you another year application fee .
The Saarthi team and the panel of doctors and residents have been very helpful through my journey to residency, I've got to learn many things which I didn't know, without which it would've been difficult to get into residency!!
As a foreign medical graduate, things are not always easy in terms of obtaining a residency position in the U.S. You don’t know what information to rely on. Everyone’s journey and experience is also unique and what might have worked for others might not work for you at all. That is why I wanted to resort to a proper mentorship and guidance. I got it in the form of usmle sarthi. From helping me edit my resume to navigating my thought process during my personal statement, I really liked how meticulous they were in delivering what they promised to the students. I had good scores, but I knew that was the not the only thing that would get me interviews. I had to work on my cv, make it worth the program director’s time and I can say without a doubt, taking sarthi’s guidance was actually worth it.
Sarthi won’t spoon feed you and I wasn’t looking for that either, but it would accentuate your own unique aspects of your profile. It would tell you how to put them to use, and that I believe is the best thing sarthi has to offer.
I got a very good number of interviews(even had to cancel a few).I even got a prematch offer from a hospital but declined it.My interview performance improved day by day with the mock interviews I gave. The individualized feedback by my mentor, Dr. Khera was very helpful. She immediately pointed out if my answers were unoriginal or too cliched. I was told during some of my interviews that my answers were original but at the same time very well thought out.Pawan also gave us the opportunity to schedule a one on one session with him so that he could monitor our progress. He patiently listened to all of my concerns I had before and after submission of my application.
In summary, whether you feel lost during this entire match journey or need a little bit of extra push to get yourself that additional edge in creating a stellar cv and impressing the program where you want to end up in, i highly recommend using sarthi’s services. The whatsapp group of sarthi was immensely helpful too, as I had the chance to interact with fellow sarthi members and discuss common questions pertaining to match. In addition, I made some really good friends during this match journey through this group. Match is a very stressful process and it was a relief to know there are other people sharing the same journey. We celebrated each other’s success and supported each other. Now, with the intern year approaching soon, I am incredibly excited to embark on this new journey, a significant portion of which is attributed to Sarthi!
Joining USMLE Sarthi team for my residency application is all worth it. The team is always there to answer my queries and doubts. The CV prep and PS editing is excellent as it has helped me avoid some small mistakes that could have hurt my application. They have helped me tremendously and showed me how to strengthen my CV, leverage my gap and how to come out unique from other applicants based on my background. As a first time applicant and with a red flag in my CV, I was not very confident with my application but with USMLE Sarthi team's guidance, I matched. It was a great experienced throughout the season. Thank you USMLE Sarthi!
Joining the USMLE Sarthi team is all worth it. The team is always there to answer my queries and doubts. The CV prep and PS editing is excellent as it has helped me avoid some small mistakes that could have hurt my application. The team helped me strengthen my CV and showed me how to leverage my weakness and come out unique as an applicant. Thank you USMLE Sarthi for the guidance and support!
23 Apr 2018
Joining Sarthi was the best thing I could have done in my journey. After not getting any interviews during the previous match season, I was clueless and depressed. A teacher suggested that I talk to Pawan. Discussions with him made me feel positive about my prospects. I realized I needed help with the nitty gritty things of the application process. It is a competitive process, so every detail matters and that is what Sarthi helped me with. I was assigned a mentor to review my CV and personal statement. She was extremely helpful and pushed me to bring out my positives through my CV and PS. Then the interview prep helped me relieve the anxiety of it and refined my performance. It is important to not feel overwhelmed during this process because it is very new to us IMGs. When I joined Sarthi I came across people who were going through the same thing as me and that gave me assurance. Come March 2018 I matched to Internal Medicine and that was all thanks to Pawan and his team. I couldn’t feel more grateful.
I’ve matched for the 2018 Internal Medicine Residency Match. I am an IMG and I had the same set of apprehensions as any other IMG. I had good guidance from friends and mentors throughout my USMLE journey. I’ve appreciated a structured form of guidance and despite all the advice I found myself lost while preparing my Personal Statement (PS) and on how to prepare for interviews.
A friend had suggested USMLE Sarthi. Dr. Pawan Khera has been straightforward from the beginning and had advised me against joining since he felt I had good scores and would get into residency even without Sarthi.
I was constantly shifting places around the application submission deadline and I had a ton of queries regarding the PS, the ERAS application and entire interview process. I wasn’t confident and I went ahead with the platinum sessions offered by Sarthi.
Today, when I look back, a major reason for my confidence during the interview season was USMLE Sarthi.
They guided me through my personal statement, helped me make it original and personalised. They helped me highlight and stress on my positives on my application. I was provided inputs on how to look professional and handle interview questions with ease.
I had the support of Dr. Htun who continuously encouraged me to become a better version of myself for not only the interviews but for residency in the future. She had personally gone through the list of programs I had applied to and gave suggestions. She helped me build a realistic plan and work on my negatives/set backs. While preparing my rank order list towards the end of the season, she made me brainstorm and question myself as to why I wanted each of the programs on my rank order list.
The platinum sessions gave me the chance to have four mock interviews with faculty and current resident physicians. This gave me an opportunity to by assessed by physicians at different stages of medicine. Each mock session, added to my confidence and also helped improve myself further.
Lastly, Dr. Pawan Khera, who patiently dealt with my zillion (some nonsensical) questions at any time of the day and other odd hours. He helped me be sane during the anxiety attacks one goes through during this long and stressful period.
It has been a great experience, since I could interact with the experts in the field as well as other students like me. The Usmle Sarthi whatsapp group has been extremely helpful with the information being shared amongst the students, the encouragement offered to each other and the motivation from hearing stories of people from different backgrounds.
If you are looking for confidence, morale boost, structured guidance during the last and most important impressionable phase of your residency journey then USMLE Sarthi is the place to be. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you once again Dr. Pawan Khera, Dr. Pannala, Dr. Nandita Khera, Dr. Htun, Dr. Pisipati and the entire team for their continuous motivation, guidance and support. My journey wouldn’t have been easy without this team!
The road to residency in US is long and passing the Usmle exams is just the beginning.Observerships, Hands on, Application, CV, Personal statement, Interviews, Post interview communication , do’s and don’t s are so many....... It’s overwhelming!!! Thanks to USMLE Sarthi for being a torchbearer throughout this journey. The webinars, short videos and itty bitty tips Shared by them have been so helpful. I owe my success to them too.
My counsellor told me about USMLE Sarthi. She had previously referred many students and they all had matched into residency. Thus, I was very confident of joining this group. I was very happy with the extensive feedback on my personal statement and CV. Dr Shaji was very helpful in discussing the PS in detail with me. Max and his team did a great job in bringing the PS and CV together in a presentable way. Mr Pawan is great guide and mentor who was there at every step of my application process. He is very involved with each student and always available to help. The WhatsApp group is very beneficial, as it connects students on a common platform. A lot of topics related to residency and interviews are discussed there. Dr Shaji helped me prepare for my interview and it made me very confident. With his help I nailed the interview and prematched. With all this I want to thank the entire team for their dedication and for making my story a success story.
My name is Hany Eskarous. I am an international medical graduate from Egypt. I got enrolled with Sarthi to help me during the match process as I had no idea how worked. I had amazing experience. My application and personal statement have been reviewed by my assigned physician and an expert journalist to get into the final format. Their training and tips to ace the interview helped me so much to get a prematch after my first interview. Their closed Sarthi group helps also to exchange experience with all other candidates. I was lucky to have Sarthi during my 2018 match season. Thanks to all professional people working in that great facility.
Awesome chat group. Although I was not a super active member I was able to get information from so many helpful people when needed as well as to provide info to others. It helped me stay sane through this long and exhausting process!
"Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things"
"Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things"
I am that ordinary student with average scores whom sarthi polished, scrubbed and carved till i achieved the extraordinary" a residency in 1st attempt".
I still remember sitting tensed praying to God for guidance, for i was clueless. Usmle Sarthi came as a blessing. From Personal statement to applications to interview practice, Usmle Sarthi helped me from scratch.
Mr. Pawan has been like a lighthouse in turbulent waters. Always there to listen to my questions patiently and answer them promptly.
His team is no less. I had my interviews with Dr Rahul Pannala and Dr Nandita Khera, outstanding teachers undoubtedly, both of whom picked faults in me, that could've been, God forbid, detrimental had they been left unidentified and uncorrected.
I am very thankful to this team for everything they did. I would definitely recommend Sarthi.I wish the best of luck to everyone and the team Sarthi as well. All my prayers to them
Neurology Match!! Thanks to interview guidance from USMLEsarthi
I learnt about USMLE Sarthi from a common friend who had been through this uncertain and tiring journey of match process. I contacted them with only 1 week to go for my interview as I was not expecting interview calls. I was under the impression that I would be unable to prepare well in such a short time.
Mr Pawan motivated me and laid out a plan to follow. We started with me writing down all the answers for the common questions being asked and brainstorming all the possible answers. I must say Mr. Pawan laid out all the principles and guidelines for me in a very professional manner which enabled me to formulate my answers (In my personal opinion coming with good content for answers is the most important part of the match interview). I wrote down all the answers and sent them for a review. After going back and forth we finally agreed upon the answers and now it was time for me to practice. I practiced several times alone according to the advice and guidelines provided by Mr Pawan.
In the end, I held a mock interview with Dr Nandita Khera. After the interview, she gave me a detailed and comprehensive feedback about my interviews and her insights in to what I could further do to improve my interview skills. I found Mr. Pawan particularly very helpful throughout the process and in specific his 3-point tactic is something I will carry with me beyond this Match. I wish I had contacted and worked with them for my CV and personal statement as well to add a professional touch to it. I highly recommend USMLE Sarthi to anyone who is preparing for the interview and match keeping in mind their extraordinary service for a very reasonable price.
Best of Luck!
Customer Toronto, Canada
06 Jul 2017
Repeat applicant successful match with usmlesarthi
This was my third match attempt. In the start of the season your free consultation changed my path and guided me well. I couldn't subscribe for full season consultation but what that 30 min session did to me was good enough. I focused on whatever you guys guided me about and prematched in internal medicine. Had 12 calls and season ended well for me .
Thanks for the help.
Awesome team helped me match! even as I joined them late
I got to know of Usmle Sarthi from WhatsApp Residency group and after hearing a lot of praises from some people I decided to join it.
and now I can say that it was a good decision. I attended a seminar regarding Residency Interviews and it was quite helpful.
My idea about what a Residency was quite vague before that but after the seminar I knew what is expected in a Residency Interview like how to present yourself and other important things. Mr.Pawan, Dr. Rahul Pannala and Mr. Max Dibble explained things very clearly. After the seminar I got channelized in my approach and concentrated on the important things. Usmle Sarthi also provided with common questions asked during the interview including medical and ethical questions.
Usmle Sarthi throughout the interview season were quite helping like they reviewed my answers to the common questions and helped me in my Rank Order List. Mr. Pawan is present 24 x 7 for any help or doubt. Any specific doubt or question was answered instantly. I joined them late in the Interview season during October and I felt if I had joined them earlier and used their help for CV and Personal Statement editing then it could have helped me immensely. All in all I felt that Usmle Sarthi is the most genuine forum helping students in their Usmle Journey. I am very thankful to Mr. Pawan and the whole team.
Perfected my personal statement and prepared me for interviews
As a part of the premium package, USMLE Sarthi helped me perfect my personal statement, brought out the best parts of my CV, and highlighted my strengths in the most brilliant way. But what I was most impressed with was their Interview preparation. They had a very comprehensive list of questions and they worked with each of their students individually to help us come up with unique answers. Mr. Pawan Khera always gave special tips that would give us an edge over the other applicants during interviews. Usmle Sarthi worked with me every step of the way, in which they patiently answered all my questions over unlimited phone calls, replied to each of my messages and emails, helped me to draft and re-draft answers, tirelessly gave feedback after feedback, and finally conducted a very effective mock interview after which I truly felt ready to face the real deal. Thank you, USMLE Sarthi, for your tremendous help and invaluable guidance in this journey. I was able to prematch, thanks to the team!!!
I had enrolled for the Interview preparation course with UsmleSarthi. My overall experience with the team was outstanding, and the personalized attention they give makes a remarkable impression on their commitment to help their students achieve their very best. The constant guidance and advice by Mr. Khera was very encouraging and it definitely helped to have a knowledgeable support system during the interview season. The mock interviews are extremely helpful and productive. I personally found it very inspiring to talk to such well-regarded physicians, who also started their journeys as IMGs. Their perspective and guidance gave me an edge in my interviews and I was delighted to have matched at my top choice. Apart from being a confidence booster, this experience also helped me realize my strengths and present them to my advantage. The feedback was valuable in helping me fine-tune my answers and also learn to tackle the difficult and not-so-straightforward questions. I would highly recommend this course to all US residency aspirants.
Excellent USMLE Residency Match services at affordable fee
USMLE Sarthi was very helpful during my interview preparation. I am glad that I opted Premium service and received many one-on-one incredibly helpful sessions to review interview questionnaire, ultimately resulting in improving my interview skills. The most desirable thing I was looking for and received is, the best way to present myself and answer during the interview with appropriate examples, instead of changing myself for the interview. I received great feedback to improve on after each mock interview; I was astonished by their meticulous vision. Overall I would say excellent service at affordable price.
Review from Venezuela- Much needed Residency Match service for us
All the hard work you have done until know, med school, USMLE exams, building your CV and personal statement are going to get you to the interviews but what it’s going to get you the match position is rocking those interviews. As IMG from Venezuela we are not used to this process and I was very anxious about all the interview season. All the members of USMLE Sarthi helped me a lot to go through this process. Before my first interviewed we went through the common questions in order to give me ideas. After this we practiced a mock interview. We also talked about how to behave during the interview and what to do before and after the interview. During all my interview process they were available for short sessions to answer any questions for a specific hospital. It was very nice to have someone with experience to get advice from during all the process.
I came in contact with Mr. Pawan through USMLEsarthi Facebook profile when I saw him actively answering residency applicants' queries. He adjusted me in his busy schedule and he and Dr. Pannala took my mock interview on a short notice and gave me a sense of real time interview. This was helpful. He also inspired me, answered my various queries. I recommend reading his Facebook posts which highlights important points to keep in mind in the interview. Mr. Pawan also encouraged me to put in necessary hard work for interview preparation, which is an essence of any success in life!
Great support system for the USMLE residency match
USMLE sarthi was an excellent support system during my interviews during the 2016 season. I gained not just from the mock interviews but also from the numerous discussions with Mr. Khera. From personal statement to interview prep, he helped me through all. I am highly appreciative of how convenient they made it for me to schedule sessions.
I joined USMLE sarthi primarily to gain exposure to interviewing skills during the 2016 Match process. Pawan and his team worked relentlessly in helping me polish my skills in preparation. I had two mock interviews with Dr. Rahul Pannala and Dr. Nandita Khera and I must admit that they helped me see my application from a different viewpoint and gave me insights on my strengths which I hadn't thought of before. Pawan was available at all times to answer any and all questions I might have. He gave me several tips throughout the interview season on how best to get noticed from the thousands of applications they review in the selection process as well as reviewed complex interview questions with me periodically. Overall, I had a wonderful experience and I matched this year to an Internal Medicine residency. I would recommend them to anyone looking to looking to polish their skills for the residency interview process.
My experience with Mr Khera and Dr Pannala was beyond excellent. Medical graduates sitting miles away are not aware of the trends in medicine and education that are prevalent in the US. I had no idea what the program directors are looking for in candidates while they shortlist for interviews.
My only sources of information were threads of posts online, but they had varied opinions on most topics (sometimes, contrasting), and most of them unvalidated. But, Dr Pannala gave me advice which was clear and precise. And I know that it is valid, because it is coming from someone who has done all of this himself, and has seen many more do it over the years.
I had a long discussion with Dr Pannala about how to go about things. He was helpful and answered all my queries with conviction.
For example, he told me about how to effectively present my CV, and how to highlight my strengths, and structure my CV with higher standards. Apart from that, he also told me about how to effectively utilize my time till the next match with research and observerships. As I progress further with my exams and my journey towards residency at US, I am sure he will be there to support me. Whether it is my personal statement, or my interview, I am sure I have someone to go for advice.
USMLE SARTHI was extremely helpful during my interviews. I had the opportunity to practice with several mock interviews before my real interviews began, and Mr. Pawan was always available to answer any kind of questions that I had and at ANY time. I learned a lot from the phone/email discussions and the mock interviews with Dr. Pannala and Dr. Kharbanda. I also gained a lot of confidence, which helped me a lot at the time of the real interviews and I was able to match at University of Miami. They offer an excellent, individualized service. Overall, I believe this is an excellent service for an affordable price and I highly recommend it.
Thanks a lot for that wonderful opportunity of helping me improve my CV by direct call from one of established doctors in Mayo Clinic , the feeling of getting suggestions directly over phone call can't be put into words . There were many valuable suggestions that cleared my misconceptions about what to write in CV and what not to( biggest hurdle we IMGs face while preparing CV )