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Old 05-06-2013
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Question Graduation Date Conundrum...Please help :)

Hi Sabio,

Perhaps you can help shed some light on the following situation and it will probably be a story you have never heard as this happens only once in a lifetime. Unfortunately, it happened to my entire class of 1995 (104 students)

Here I go...

I joined medical school in September 1995. However the medical school was de-recognized and discontinued by its affiliated university and the MCI (Medical Council of India). Hence all exams and clinical assessments were always postponed, as there was no administrative structure upon which to conduct, invigilate, evaluate, or assess them. I finished my first year (Anat, Biochemistry, Physiology) by 1999.

Soon after, I entered 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. By 2005, I finished 4th year classes and clinical rotations (medicine, Surgery, Ob/Gyn) but had still not taken 2nd year (Micro, Pharmacology, Pathology, Forensic Sciences) or 3rd year (ENT, Ophthalmology, Preventative Medicine) exams due to red tape and bureaucratic issues which we went to the Supreme Court to fight against) All through this I was coming back home to the US to work (I was born and raised here). We finally got a supreme court order for the university to conduct exams. So, in 2005, I started taking my exams once a year whenever they did adhere to the court order and conduct them, all without the help of theory classes and clinical rounds (which i finished prior to 2005). Fortunately, I passed all exams on time through home study and prep. I finished med school in February 2009!! Hallelujah.

Next internship, my internship was delayed a year due to red tape again. I started it in April 2010 and finished it in March 2011. I graduated in commencement in February 2011, a week or two before i finished the internship. Internship over! Hallelujah!!

Next my actual degree..It took them almost a year to process it due surprise, bureaucratic and administrative snafus (typical of indian processes).
Finally, on MARCH 15, 2013, I GOT MY DEGREE!!!! Unbelievable. The date of issue on the degree says December 15, 2012 (probably the month in which it was processed)......I probably spent the same amount of money as an AMG going back and forth to take th exams and get the degree. Luckily, no loans!! :O)

So here are the two million dollar questions my friends:

(1) What is my date of graduation? (My diploma says February 2009 ?? Isn't internship a requirement in medical school for a degree?

(2) Will this long hiatus affect my EM residency chances? US Citizen, born and raised, prepping for Step 1, 3 months clinical experience, hold many certifications in EM courses (BLS/ACLS/AHLS/PALS, ITLS/ATLS), recently got certified as a Phlebotomist, EKG tech, Patient Care Technician, Insurance Examiner), and do research (about to publish a poster and article this year) in the Public Health Arena. i am also doing a 9 month Public Health certificate in HIV/AIDS (with Research component and maybe publication possibilities) from a Top 10 school.
In addition, I got registered as Nationally Certified Medical Assistant to help my cause (I can email you and show you how to do it without taking the National exam) if you post an answer to my questions. It's not really a well known loophole but it is duly and fully legal!! Maybe you can make some money working while you wait for the promise land....

My journey was long, hard, and emotionally draining but I made it. I hope it is to some avail!! I survived and and happy to be here.
Any advise or feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks for listening my friends.
Dr 250 or BuSt
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1)I entered med schhol in jan2006 and had my final exams of final year in march 2011, my result was announced in march 2011.
the diploma that i have says
Session 2006-2011
date : june 24 2011

and date of issue on it is: aug 19 2011

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