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Residency, how to get there? 
9th-Apr-2010 07:22 am
pink rose
I posted this in med students but I think they're all busy focussing on their studies to answer :)

I'm a 4th (out of 5) year medical student in the UK, considering jumping ship to the USA.
Of course, our systems are entirely different so I'm just seeing how feasible it is.

So, I wanted to ask how competitive is it to get onto a residency programme? (I suppose it depends where one wants to live and what speciality one wants to do)

What things do they look at, USMLE scores? Other things?



Many thanks


I might x-post this depending on any responses I get. I know everyone's busy :)
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9th-Apr-2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Most US programs look at USMLE scores rather than transcripts for foreign medical graduates. That's not to say that your transcript shouldn't be great. They also look at if you've had any US clinical experience (which is always a plus). If you have, you should definitely have a letter of recommendation from your clinical evaluator/preceptor. Sometimes people have research but no clinical experience. Although that is better than no US experience, it's still not quite the same.

Also, depending on what specialty you are planning to apply for, you may also have to do some research about where to apply. For example, Internal Medicine is generally a field where FMGs are accepted fairly easily. Radiology or Plastic Surgery (for example) are much more competitive because even for US graduates they're tough to match into.

Just keep in mind that there are tons of foreign medical graduates who apply every year and you have to make yourself stand out amongst them.
26th-Dec-2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry its taken me so long to say thank you. Luckily internal medicine is what I want anyway (phew!)

Thank you, I will try. Going to concentrate on finishing med school and passing my UK exams first, then we'll see. I know the knowledge is the same but the exam format, my med school has never given me a multiple choice exam to do and I think I'll really need to put in the hours practising that technique.

Its so funny to think of myself as 'foreign' over here that's a bit of an un p.c. term, (reminiscent of British colonialists), 'international' is used instead so I'm giggling at being called a foreigner, although I guess that's what I'll be!

Thank you for stopping by & taking the time to help a foreigner out!
10th-Apr-2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
You definitely will need to take the USMLE before considering residency and most of the Foreign medical grads that I came across when I was a medical student took some form a prep class for this--not sure if it was Kaplan or something specifically designed for the test. I would imagine if you look into one of these or contact the corperation they could give you more acurate statistics and what you need to know if you don't get much luck from the internet.

I hear its competative, but not impossible to get in and there are some programs that are more friendly to foreign medical students than others. You also do not need to enter the US's match and can be offered positions simply based on your interview and supporting documentation.

I would say to also see if there's anything on the ACGME's website or NRMP that might be a place to start looking?

Good luck
26th-Dec-2010 11:57 am (UTC)
Sorry its taken me so long to say thank you, but thank you. Its so funny to think of myself as 'foreign' over here that's a bit of an un p.c. term, (reminiscent of British colonialists), 'international' is used instead so I'm giggling at being called a foreigner, although I guess that's what I'll be!

Its true although the knowledge will be the same, albeit some different guidelines, the exam format.. I've never taken a multiple choice exam in my life! Am going to concentrate on passing my UK exams first, if they go OK on to the next.

Thanks again for stopping by & taking the time to help a foreigner out!
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