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Hi Everyone!!!
Well i just finished my mbbs from the Agha Khan University in Karachi and since im an American citizen i wanted to go to the States to get a doctor's license.
What i wanted to know is that how much time will it take for me to get a license and which type of exams and tests will i have to go through.
Im really in dire need of help in this matter and would be very grateful if anyone would step-up and help me.
Thanx in advance.
 

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Hi Everyone!!!
Well i just finished my mbbs from the Agha Khan University in Karachi and since im an American citizen i wanted to go to the States to get a doctor's license.
What i wanted to know is that how much time will it take for me to get a license and which type of exams and tests will i have to go through.
Im really in dire need of help in this matter and would be very grateful if anyone would step-up and help me.
Thanx in advance.

I think if you have your MBBS already you will have to start taking your USMLEs to get licensure in the States. I don't live in India so I am not sure where to go and take them but I know my cousin who got his MBBS in India as well studied in India and found out where to take the exams in the US and would come here every time he had to take a Step. Once you pass all three Steps, you can get your licensure I believe and may have to do your residency here or do some additional training here before you are fully licensed.
 

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thanx for the help!!! Any idea how long this will take...
Like how may years?
 

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Time required to pass all your board exam will depend on you. But dont compromise the preparation for the exam in order to get it out of the way. Since you are going to be foreign medical graduate, your board exam will be weighed a lot. If you are looking for surgery or any other field besides primary care, you must have some research experience. Most of the foreign graduate dont even get a residency position in those field unless they have done some research or externship in their choice of field, in US, but again there are always exceptions. But for you, being a foreign graduate, prepare as good as you can for boards, two steps, and then apply for residency. If you get residency, you will have to take third step of the boards, and after that, i believe, you become licensed,but check with somebody else on that. Additionally, I think residency directors look for students who have graduated from medical school within the past 5 years, again check with individual programs. But that is basically it.
 

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Thank You once Again for the help!!!
Well im an american student but since ive graduated outside i will be considered as a foreigner...
Soo, can u tell me if ill have to do some other courses in the specialist field in which i want to become a doctor.
I want to become a endocrinologist so will i have to do some courses in that field in the USA before i go for my residency???
 

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In order to get residency in USA you need an US MD degree and one is considered MD after passing their USMLE board exam (both the steps including the CS section). So if you are planning to train as an endocrinologist, you will have to get a residency appointment in Internal medicine and then do fellowship. I dont know the detail, you can check the weblinks of hospital of your choice and directly talk to the Residency program director. But in regards to doing additional work or classes, I dont think you will have to do any thing like that. You might need to do some research in a hospital or observership in US and have good letter of recommendations, preferably from some big name in endocrinology to make yourself more competitive for the Residency competition, but besides that all you need is an MD degree to enter residency. Go to ECFMG website, they have tons of info. for foreign medical graduate.
 
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