I hope this thread is not redundant, I have not found a direct answer to my questions here so I will start a new thread. Any help from you European medical people will be greatly appreciated! I am a PGY-1 in an orthopedic surgery residency in the U.S. Obviously I have five years to go, but I'd like to start gathering info now while I have the time to do so. My wife and I spent a month in Europe between my Ms1 and Ms2 years of medical school and absolutely loved it there. We both would like to go back and spend much more time there, enough to get immersed and learn about a culture and to also be able to take trips all over europe on weekends/holidays. We think we'd like to spend at least one year there after I finish my residency training. I'm interested in France, Germany, and the UK most but I would look elsewhere as well. My questions are: 1. can an American educated and trained surgeon work in any european countries without re-doing residency years? 2. how much money could one earn in a one to two year locum tenens job in orthopedic surgery? (I'm not money hungry or anything but as soon as residency ends I have to start paying those monstrous american medical school loans you've heard so much about) 3. are there internet or by-mail sources of information about such things? I haven't been able to find anything after hours of searching the net. I know an American orthopod that did a fellowship in scotland after residency, and that would be great except that I want to subspecialize in spine surgery and in the states you have to have accredited american fellowship training to be certified in spine. Any suggestions, comments, etc would be greatly appreciated! I know this is rather counter to the usual FMG going to the US, but frankly American culture leaves much to be desired so I'd like to experience the world a little before I get completely tied down to an established practice and family ties to the U.S.