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Has Anyone Done the Fifth Pathway Program?


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15+ Year Member
Jan 20, 2001
    Hello! I will be graduating in May, and need to do my one year of internship. I have opted to do this in the US, and have heard a lot about the fifth pathway program. If anyone who reads this has done this program or has applied to it, I was wondering about what the program was like, how to make myself a good candidate, when to apply, and your email address if I have anymore questions, should the need arises. Thanks for you help!


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    15+ Year Member
    Feb 15, 2000
    Bethlehem, PA
      Graduated from where? I think I remember in a post you said you were in school in India?

      You are eligible for the 5th Pathway only if the school you attended (and the country where that school is located) requires a year of internship and a year of social service before you get your degree (like Mexico). If you have already received your MD, you are ineligible. Also, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident who has gone abroad for your education and want to return for your internship / residency. If both of these things (school & citizenship) aren't you -- then you have to go the regular ECFMG route, become ECFMG-certified, and apply for residency with all the other IMG's.

      Go the the AMA's website, ECFMG section, and look up 5th Pathway. http://www.ama-assn.org/ and search for "Fifth Pathway."

      If you meet the criteria, go to NY Medical College's site (they're the only one to offer 5th Pathway right now): http://www.nymc.edu/depthome/fifth.htm

      Hope this helps.

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