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Asking for opinions for old IMG

goodluck4all

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Hello everyone,
I am an old IMG finished residency outside and now work as a pediatrician in home country

I can waive 1 year of my residency with ABP and do 2 years instead of 3.

I am seeking your opinion and experience about an idea if it is even possible

I was wondering if I can do something like this:
1- Seek a prelim position in peds for 2020-2021 even if I start late like august or something
2- apply for both PGY-1 and PGY-2 positions in the match or if any vacancy opens outside the match

This way I don't have to complete the whole prelim year and maybe transfer to a categorical position in July, 2021 ?
Or if the same prelim program offers me a position they can do that at any time during the year and just change my position to PGY-2 (since it is at the discretion of the PD to choose how many months I spend in PGY-1 or PGY-2, due to the waive)

Again, this is just me thinking and seeking advice from those who had experience with anything like this or if they know someone who did
If there is someone I can get an answer from please tell me who
BTW: I am a green card holder. So, no visa issue
 

goodluck4all

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How old grad are you? What are your board scores? Do you have any gaps in your cv?
YOG: 2013
No gaps: Immediately went to residency and now working as specialist for 2 years
Step 1: 230's
Step 2CK: 250's
Step 2CS: Cancelled 2 days before test and I am waiting for the ECFMG alternative they are supposed to announce to get the ECFMG cert
 
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goodluck4all

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You will also want to carefully read the laws everywhere you might potentially practice. I believe some states require IMGs to have 3 years of US training to get a license.
I will read them again but I don't remember seeing something like this. I don't think they won't let me practice pediatrics if the ABP says I am certified

Thanks for the tip I will make sure to read the licensing laws before taking a decision

But do you think my idea is possible ?
 

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I will read them again but I don't remember seeing something like this. I don't think they won't let me practice pediatrics if the ABP says I am certified

Thanks for the tip I will make sure to read the licensing laws before taking a decision

But do you think my idea is possible ?
Something that everyone needs ti understand is that licensure is different than board certification. The ABP doesn't grant your license, states do. And a given state migth have different requirements. You can legally practice with or without board certification, though it might be hard to find a job. You can't practice without licensure.

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goodluck4all

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Something that everyone needs ti understand is that licensure is different than board certification. The ABP doesn't grant your license, states do. And a given state migth have different requirements. You can legally practice with or without board certification, though it might be hard to find a job. You can't practice without licensure.

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Yeah I am well aware these are different and controlled by different organizations. But.. it doesn't really affect my case as I can easily fullfil that requirement by doing PGY-4 positions or doing fellowship training

I did read the laws again after I saw PTPoeny's reply and some states require a minimum post-graduate training for licensure for IMG's. That's something affecting my ability to practice on my own rather than my ability to be in training. I plan to go straight to fellowship after the 2 years in residency anyways so I will be doing 4-5 years of postgraduate training and can easily fullfil such a requirement
 

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When you become ECFMG certified, you can apply for open PGY-2 spots. They usually post these open spots on APPD

You can also apply for the Match 2021. I would apply for regular categorical programs. In this case, wherever you Match, it will be totally up to the PD to accept or not your ABP waiver.
 

goodluck4all

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When you become ECFMG certified, you can apply for open PGY-2 spots. They usually post these open spots on APPD

You can also apply for the Match 2021. I would apply for regular categorical programs. In this case, wherever you Match, it will be totally up to the PD to accept or not your ABP waiver.

Thanks for the advice.
I will make sure to keep watching the website and apply as soon as the ECFMG certificate thing is clear.

I can see some programs asking for PGY-2 residents

Thank you again
 
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