What does a foreign doctor need to work in the US?

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  1. Mr. Furious

    Mr. Furious Member

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    Hi,

    if an american graduates from Med school in another country, what does that person need to do to work as an M.D. in the US? Just curious.

    Mr. :mad:
     
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  3. Magree

    Magree Senior Member

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    Wellllllllll......

    You need to pass the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. Then pass the CSA (for this you need $1200 and a trip to PHilly). To get your ECFMG certification you also need to have your diploma verified. Then you can go through the match.

    If you want to do post-grad training in california - then you need a California Status Letter which requires: fingerprints, application, $500, transcripts back to premed courses, clerkship specifics, etc.

    Hope this helps.

    M-
     
  4. carddr

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    <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Bottom line you need to get certification from the Education commission foreign medical graduate ,ECFMG, so the first thing is to go to their web site and they will provide you with all the necessary steps. In a nutshell, first try to get some rotations in the US so you can ask for 3/4 Letters of Recommendations, take Step I,and II, take the Toefl(English exam) <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> and the CSA exam and than fill an application with the ERAS and sign up for the March Match for your residency. Sounds easy, right. Worth it, YES!
     
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    :D Extra: You don't need ECFMG certification to do the Match, just all of your tests PASSED, however you definitely need the certification before you can start your residency. Cost of all this: about $3/4000.USdollars, depending on how many times you have to take tests,hopefully once, travel expenses, and how many programs you apply to,of course that is just a conservative estimate.
     

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