Hi, I've been reading through alot of the posts on the forum and I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me with. 1. How exactly did your fellow interns/residents and especially attendings react to your having held a degree from Australia? Since I know Carribean grads often face alot of IMG stigma, I'm curious if you were considered as being more "on par" with the US grads having attended med school in Australia? I'm asking because I am now giving serious thought to going abroad (either Australia or the UK) for med school. As I have done considerably well in my undergrad (biochem major), I'm already having to answer questions about why I want to go abroad for education and I've realized how hard it for some close-minded people to understand that I genuinely just want to experience a different culture and environment rather than having spent my entire life in a protected existence and then regretting it. Hope that makes sense. 2. I assume that you probably took Step 1 of the USMLE directly after having completed the basic science portion of your course, but can you (or anyone else) tell me how much harder the test would be for someone who takes this exam after completion of medical school? I know that alot of non-US citizen IMG's do this as they have already practiced in their home country, so based on the content of the exam, is this terribly more difficult than taking it directly after the basic science portion of a medical course? 3. I have read here of carribean grads who say that some fields are simply "out of bounds" for them in terms of ever getting a place (regardless of their USMLE score). Would you say that having gone to medical school in Australia automatically eliminated you from consideration for entering certain medical fields or not? 4. Do you feel that being a)an Austrlian grad (as opposed to Carribean or 'thrid-world' grad) and b)a US citizen helped you in getting the residency that you did? 5. Have you ever regretted your decision to go abroad and study medicine? (feel free to ignore this question if it's too personal) I'm really sorry if I have repeated questions you have answered before, but even following the links you have provided in other posts I still wasn't completely clear on these issues. Thanks so much (in advance) for your response.