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Surgery for an Indian

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Long Hair and a Beard, Jan 25, 2002.

  1. Long Hair and a Beard

    Long Hair and a Beard Obsessionist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Hi guys, I want to know how hard or easy it is to get a surgery residency in the us for an indian graduate. The people here have some pre-formed opinions about the impossibility of doing surgery in us. Tell me is it real hard? and if so why? I really want to give it a shot before opting for england or our good old India.

    If there are any Indians doing surgery in us, I would love to hear from them.
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  3. Whisker Barrel Cortex

    Whisker Barrel Cortex 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2001
    Although I cannot tell you specifically about Indians in surgery programs in the US, I can say that general surgery has become one of the easier specialties to match into over the past couple of years. Many American students do not apply because of the terrible lifestyle (especially during residency) and choose less time intensive specialties instead. Last year there were 100 open positions after the match! This usually translates into a much higher chance of matching from a foreign medical school. That being said, you need to choose mid to lower tier programs because the best programs will likely still only take American grads or very exceptional foreign grads.
  4. JJ4

    JJ4 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    I guess I agree at SOME level with the above poster. However be aware -- thats just for general surgery. If you want to do a fellowship and specialize in like neuro, cardiovascular, etc. it is EXTREMELY difficult for FMGs.

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