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Foreign to American Medical School

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by joshua_msu, Oct 24, 2002.

  1. joshua_msu

    joshua_msu Senior Member
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    Oct 21, 2002
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    I was wondering what are the likely chances of going to a foreign medical school in the carribbean (auc, st georges, ross, etc) and doing really really well the first year then applying to amcas and being able to transfer over to an american school at the end of your sophomore year to start clinicals at an american school? i am considering doing really really well at the foreign school?
  2. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    Honestly, the chances are slim to none (even if you are planning on doing really really really well ; ) ).

    Why? For the following reasons:

    1) many schools take no transfers at all
    2) many schools only take transfers from LCME schools
    3) many schools take only transfers from state residents
    4) many schools take only transfers with "significant" ties to their school (ie, spouse on faculty, current student, etc.)
    5) schools may require that they have a space open up; this usually entails someone failing a year, not passing Step 1, dying, dropping out, etc.

    and finally, nearly EVERY American (and even some non-Americans) colleague of yours at the foreign school will be attempting the same thing = very competitive proposition (and BTW, they are also all planning on doing really really really well at their foreign school).

    Does this mean you shouldn't attempt to transfer into a 3rd year US position? Not at all. It simply means that hundreds try every year and very few succeed - therefore, you should go to a foreign school assuming you will graduate from that school, but you *might* be lucky.
  3. ny skindoc

    ny skindoc Senior Member
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    Jul 30, 2002
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    From what I have read on these boards about 5-7% of individuals from SGU(generally regarded as the best of the caribbean schools) are able to transfer to a US med school.They tend to have very high board scores and were interviewed and just missed getting into US schools the first time around.So transfer is possible but remote.Its worth trying but dont go to a foreign medical school counting on this.

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