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Psych residencies

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by nitwit, May 9, 2008.

  1. nitwit

    nitwit 5+ Year Member

    May 9, 2008
    Wondering what other residents on the forum think of my chances of securing a residency in US?

    Ideally I would want to join a university academic/research oriented program in NY,PA or MA. Do not have any specific programs in mind and I am aware that some of the top programs are very competitive. My partner has moved to NY and I want to be in close proximity to the big city.

    My USMLE scores are average: Step 1 :88/213 Step 2CK: 88/215 Step 2CS pass. due to take step 3 exam.

    I am a final year psych resident in the Uk. I have passed the MRCPsych exams ( equivalent to psych board exams). Do not have a lot of research experience but have a publication in a reputed journal in the UK.
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  3. silas2642

    silas2642 silas2642 10+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2005

    Hi there,

    I don't know a lot, but I do know that Tufts Medical Center (formerly New England Medical Center) is pretty friendly when it comes to accepting IMG's. I've heard that Harvard South Shore is open to IMG's as well, but Longwood, Cambridge, and MGH are probably out of your reach. There is also St. Elizabeth's Hospital in the Boston area which is very non-competitive. I don't know anything about the BU residency.
  4. SpiritiualDuck

    SpiritiualDuck Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Are you from the US originally and decided to study abroad?

    Your scores are competitive, average, for psychiatry, I believe. Are those first time passing scores or do you have multiple attempts? If you have multiple attempts, then that would likely hinider you.

    Do you have US clinical experience, letters of recommendation? I think that would help.

    At places like MGh, Columbia, etc, you won't have a chance because they can pick from top US grads and they do. However, I would look at places like Maine Medical Center, they have a fair number of non-US grads and is a good program. I would look at places like Harvard South Shore and apply to a wide list of other programs.

    I wouldn't limit yourself geograhically to Boston/NYC because that's where many applicants want to end up.

    Good luck, gain some US experience if you can, and taking Step 3 would be a good idea.
  5. nitwit

    nitwit 5+ Year Member

    May 9, 2008
    I am not from US and would need a visa sponsored by a program (H1B visa)

    The area is pretty important as I want to be close to my partner who is currently in NY.

    I do not have any attempts in USMLE and do plan to take step 3 asap. Will some USCE help me further or what I have done already in UK will be sufficient?

    What about programs like NYU, Albert Einstein, Mt Sinai, SUNY?
  6. Doc Samson

    Doc Samson gamma irradiated Physician 10+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Not Boston anymore

    Never say never. MGH, Longwood, and Cambridge have all taken IMGs at some point. Training in the UK is (rightly or wrongly) far different than coming from south east asia, alhough programs might see having to sponsor an H-visa as too much work. Cast a wide net and see where you are offered interviews.
  7. hippiedoc13

    hippiedoc13 2+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    The PD at Pittsburgh is British, and he trained and practiced in the UK until 2005 when he took over at Pitt. I wonder if that might help you out at Pitt since he will clearly be very familiar with your background.
  8. sikegeek

    sikegeek 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    BU and Tufts in Boston are IMG-friendly. I interviewed at BU and there were a significant number of foreign grads.
  9. nitwit

    nitwit 5+ Year Member

    May 9, 2008
    Thanks all and doc samson, you inspire hope. I anticipate I would have to balance moving for personal reasons with securing a good residency program.

    My fear is that I might get stuck in a residency (IMG friendly) where scutwork dominates and research opportunities are limited.
  10. whopper

    whopper Former jolly good fellow Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    Same goes for US grads. There aren't too many oppurtunities to learn about what's really going on except to ask around under the table or go on this forum.

    Good luck. Your scores are certainly good enough to get into a decent U.S. program if you give it a try.

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