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  1. M

    Radiation oncologist moving to the US

    Hello everyone, I have a question on behalf of my wife, who is a Venezuelan doctor currently in her 4th and final year of a radiotherapy "posgrado," or postgraduate specialization course. We live in Venezuela but will be moving to Texas in 2022. She graduated medical school in Venezuela in...
  2. dan_bli

    What can boost my chances to get into US med school as an international applicant?

    Hi SDN. I'm male 22 y.o. from Russia. I'm finishing 1st year biology major this year. Next 3 years i'll take important "pre-med'" courses like: organic chemistry, zoology, microbiology etc. I really want to switch to a med and enter US med school after graduation. I've got couple questions i'd...
  3. EthanNt

    Best International Med School For Matching In US

    Hi guys, I am new to SDN and I have been looking for some answers and havent found a couple so I decided to post it here and I would appreciate if I could get your opinions. So I am a Canadian High School student and I have a fairly good average in the mid 90s and I will get into some...
  4. Pier

    Radiology as FMG/IMG: Visa comparison long term

    I'm currently studying medicine in Italy, second year (our of six), graduating in 2025, and preplanning* my hop across the pond to the US. Currently I'm investigating the possibility to get into radiology (diagnostics in particular). One of my concerns is the peculiarity of rads' path, with its...
  5. Peaches727

    SGU vs ROSS vs AUC

    Hello, I am posting this for advice. I hope to not get much backlash for IMGs. I am exploring my options and have exhausted some. I hope to recieve geniune advice. I have been accepted to AUC, rejected by SABA, interviewed at Ross expecting an acceptance to term or MERP, and SGU said...
  6. T

    Great places in the States for applying a psych residency ?

    Hi here , I'm an American IMG trying to broaden my horizons on where in the states would be a good place to apply for a psychiatry residency . I've been told there are great programs in California but besides that I have no clue about any other place. Any tiny little bit of information would be...
  7. T

    Realistically, should I bother with taking the steps as an FMG?

    I'm an FMG working in the UK who is unhappy with the system,training and low pay (starting consultant/attending pay is 75k usd after taxes{82k before}, incrementally builds up to a max of 95k after 19 years as a consultant) here. I haven't taken the steps yet, but I was wondering if I should...
  8. E

    Psych Residncy

    Hi, I am non-US IMG looking to match into psych this year Other than step scores (step 1:254 step 2ck:269) I don’t have any US clinical experience or research Is it considered a red flag for psych programs? Should I be worried?
  9. Titoxyco

    I am an IMG, moved to the US with green card visa. My options?

    Hi! This is Rafael. I recently got graduated from my medical school in my country, and moved to the US as a permanent resident. Currently I'm studying for USMLE, but I wonder if there is any other stuff I can do by now. For example, I read about fellowships. What are your thoughts? Thank you!!
  10. D

    Do you think I even stand a chance at med school?

    I know these are boring questions that have been asked millions of times here before, but mine have a twist: I worked over 6 years (after my internship) as a licensed general practitioner in my home country right before coming to America a little over two years ago. TL;DR: 1. My main question...
  11. O

    I don't think I have a great chance of reaching my dreams at a US Medical school. Should I be moving to Mexico where I've already been accepted? HELP

    I hope everyone is staying healthy. This is the first time I'm putting my issues into words and "talking" about them so please stay with me as you continue reading. Here it is. I am a scared 25 year old questioning my entire life . Born and raised (kinda) in Mexico, moved to the US at 12. I...
  12. T

    IMG who did not match - Please HELP!!!

    Hi all, I'm asking for a family friend who is trying to match. I'm not sure of all that is needed so forgive me if I say something wrong or miss out some information. She graduated medical school in West Africa in 2012. Completed 1 year of what is called 'house job' over there - basically a...
  13. itskagome

    UQ Ochsner (IMG MD) vs. KCU (DO)

    To preface, I have recently been pulled off the waitlist at KCU in Joplin (3 hours ago) and have until 10am tomorrow to decide (less than 24 hours). I have spoken to A LOT of people, but more information/insight can only help. As of now, I am not interested in particularly competitive...
  14. M

    Should i get into the USMLE etc process as an IMG? I'm a 32 year old gastroenterologist and an attending in my country.

    Hello everyone, I've been reading alot about the process that IMGs have to go through in order to be licensed to practice in the US. I'm a 32 year old attending in gastro in my home country. For personal reasons, i'm considering moving to the US. I'm asking your honest opinion about: The...
  15. D

    International Medical Student USCE requirements for Neurology

    Hi, I’m an international medical student about to start my last year. Currently I’ve not made my STEP 1 and I’ve read about the importance of USCE. I know my options are limited, but from what I’ve read, clinical electives available for me are 3000-5000 each month. Honestly that’s a lot of money...
  16. M

    Other Unmatched Again! They Don't Care!

    Exams completed. ECFMG certified. No gaps in between and have remained consistent with work in the health field relative to gaining clinical experience. I have called numerous programs where the program directors/coordinators have straight said over the phone "I have not had a chance to check...
  17. GrabYourCoat

    What’s the latest you can take STEP 2 and still match for 2020-2021

    I’m a IMG who graduated in 2018 with US citizenship. I’m an expat who just got back late 2019. I’m studying for my STEPs and want to give STEP 1 and CS by the summer. What’s the latest I can give STEP 2 CK and still match?
  18. GrabYourCoat

    Clinical Experience through Agency

    Hi everyone, I’m an IMG who graduated in 2018. I want to get settled into the US healthcare system. I’m going to give STEP 1 and 2CS by the summer and STEP 2CK right after. The problem is I need LORs by September. Has anyone used a reliable agency for clinical experience/LORs? I found some...
  19. S

    FMGs in academic medicine?

    Is it possible for a foreign medical graduate today become a physician scientist or enter into academic medicine. Given the fact that a lot of NIH grants are given to US citizens only, is it possible for foreign medical graduates to get enough funding to enter academia?? Say if a fmg lands into...
  20. R

    Fellowship as an ECFMG cerified IMG with a General Surgery residency abroad.

    Hi there, I am an ECFMG certified IMG who specialized in general surgeon in a foreign country (not US or Canada). My goal is to get accepted into an ACGME accredited surgery fellowship in the US. I hear about a lot of surgeons doing a non-acgme fellowship, after which they come back to their...
  21. D

    Realistically what are my chances of matching in IM?

    I'm a US-IMG, I graduated in 2018 USMLE: Step 1 236, Step 2 CK 228 and I'm getting my score report for CS tomorrow. I want to prepare for the worst because I messed up three cases. I've done a year of research in the US, have several poster presentations and one journal publication and my US...
  22. M

    How can I get a good program with my non-modifiable factors?

    Hey everyone, I'm currently a PGY2 IM resident at a community program with no internal cardiology fellowship spot. I'm also a US-IMG with average board scores and with currently 1-2 poster presentations under my name and no other research. My goal is to start two retrospective research...
  23. DocHopeful1

    My Vulnerable and Personal Caribbean Medical School Journey

    This is for my Pre-Meds and Non-Traditional students considering a Caribbean medical school. Fair warning, this is going to be a long post, but it will be my personal unbiased journey. I have no secret agenda; I am not trying to convince you to do one thing or another. I will be keeping it 100%...
  24. M

    Other Clinical Fellowship in the US as an Australian?

    Hi all! I'm currently a medical student at University of Queensland. I'm Australian, and I hope to do my residency here is Australia and practice in Australia as an attending in the future. However, to my understanding, the US is really advance in terms of their clinical knowledge and experience...
  25. L

    Other US fellowship eligibility for IMG with residency completed outside the US in a non-ACGME certified program?

    Hello, If an IMG has completed their residency outside the US, in a non-ACGME accredited program; are they still eligible to apply for a US fellowship? If yes, what are their chances of getting licensed for working in the US as physicians? Thank you
  26. MD69

    IMG Internal Medicine Re-Applicants or IMGs with low scores- Match 2020

    Hi everyone, I wanted to create this thread specifically for IMGs that are applying again for the match and/or for IMGs with low USMLE scores. There is another thread for IMGs applying to internal medicine, but it's not very realistic for people like me who are applying again and have low...
  27. simplespring

    Does a clinical elective in a US institution based abroad reflect positively on residency applications?

    Hello everyone, Would anyone know whether doing a clinical elective in a US-institution based internationally would reflect positively on US residency applications? For example, Cleveland Clinic London, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Cleveland Clinic Canada We're told that US Clinical...
  28. simplespring

    US IMGs vs Non-US IMGs - Which has a better chance of getting accepted into residency?

    Hello everyone! I am a final year IMG who has a dual citizenship (US and another foreign country) and am currently in the process of researching/planning for my residency application. However, I have been searching around for data regarding US citizen IMGs (Matching stats, guides, etc.) but...
  29. P

    MD Non-US IMG - not having Step 2 CK/CS score when applying for the Match!

    I need opinions please!!! I am a non-US IMG. Due to circumstances outside my control, I might have my CK, but definitely won't have my CS at the time of application in the middle of September for the Match. I really, REALLY tried, but I'm not able too. School policies and other stuff got in the...
  30. D

    USMLE step 1

    Good day, I know that most Filipino medical students who take the USMLE start taking the steps after completing the medical program in the Philippines. My question though, is for those who started the step before graduating. I see a lot of posts about having to take a semester off or taking...
  31. B

    Chances of matching for an old IMG with moderate scores

    Hi, I graduated with MBBS in India in 2013. I went on to do residency in Internal Medicine in the 4th best institution in India and have also completed my MRCP (UK). I have 2 pubs and 5 more research experiences including posters and paper presentations. I have scored 256 in Step 1, passed Step...
  32. M

    Step 3

    Hey guys, IMG here applying this year! I wanted some advice on step 3. Scores: Step 1- 213 CS- Passed first attempt CK- waiting on result I hope to match into Psych. I can’t possibly do Step 3 in time for match. However, I was wondering if having a result by mid November would help? Would...
  33. A

    Masters Program for IMGs

    Hello, I'm a final year foreign medical student interested in applying to the US for residency. I have a gap year before residency starts. I want to make use of the time so one of the things I am considering is a Masters program in the US. Do you know anything about that? Is it a good idea...
  34. L

    Other State Board Eligibility for IMG

    Hello, I heard that if IMG does their residency outside of the US, they can still be eligible for the State Board certification (not the American Board) if they work at the same hospital for 3-4 consecutive years (i.e through fellowship(s)). Thus they could apply for the State Board exam of the...
  35. Docsbc

    IM residency vs Pathology as an IMG?

    Hello everyone, this my 1st post. I am IMG applying for this year residency requiring visa, with creds 253/256/cs 1st attempt, yog 2014 and pathology home country residency from India year 2014-2017. My husband is having home country IM residency with 245/239/cs 1st pass and same yog 2014. So he...
  36. FutureDoctor5000

    Merger 2020

    Will the merger weed out the IMG's? Discuss and let me know what y'all think.. How long before these off shore schools close? Theres way too many DO and MD schools popping up for the IMG's and FMG's to even get spots. I really hope that sometime in the near future NO ONE other than someone...
  37. M

    Letter of Recommendation "power" question

    Hey guys, I'm an IMG applying for the 2020 Match. I have very little USCE. As a graduate (2018) they're mostly observerships and externships (< 12 weeks) In terms of a LoR... I have a few LoR from doctors who have/are: 1 - Graduated from home country but did residency and fellowship in the US...
  38. N

    IMG pursuing Emergency Medicine Residency

    Hello, I'm an Indian IMG, currently in the penultimate year of my graduation, interested in pursuing residency in EM. I plan to give my steps next year and follow that up with electives. The problem is that as per 2018 statistics there were 2265 programs in EM and only 109 of them were given...
  39. FemaleJD

    Doing A Fourth-Year Elective In the Caribbean?

    My partner is currently finishing up his ob/gyn elective and moving onto fourth year this August and we have the itch to go back to the Caribbean for a short period. For reference: He is a Caribbean medical student at St. George in Grenada and St. George's hospital offers some basic med...
  40. YCAGA

    Australian medical schools seem blatantly predatory towards North American students...am I missing something?

    Hi everyone, hopefully this post does not come across the wrong way. I come from a place of wanting to understand and possibly inform other North American premeds looking into Australian medical schools. I started looking into Australian medical schools for the same reasons many North Americans...