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Default Canadian Family Medicine Physician Exploring Fellowship Options in California (or elsewhere in US)


I'm a family physician in Canada and have completed my (2 year family medicine) residency here. I need to relocate to California for personal reasons and trying to understand my career options as I try to do so. Specifically, my questions are as follows:

1) Eligibility for fellowship - Can I apply to fellowship programs (eg: geriatric, special people, family medicine programs) WITHOUT doing a 3rd year of residency from US? Which fellowship programs will I be eligible for? I'm open to the idea of exploring a fellowship outside California if it will make my transition into US (and eventually to California) easier.

2) What's the process for getting a 3rd year ACGME residency if I decides to go that route? Can I apply in fall for next summer or would I have to apply in fall for something 2 summers out? (eg: would if I apply in fall 2015, would I be applying for summer 2016 or summer 2017) have I missed the bus for applying for summer 2015 already?

3) If I find a family medicine fellowship program willing to accept me right away (anywhere in the US) WITHOUT doing the 3rd year ACGME residency, and I later decide to come to California to work, would Medical Board of California require me to do the 3rd year of residency again after having done a fellowship?

4) What other routes (other than fellowship) are available in California and most other States for me to establish my career there?

Thanks in advance for your time & help
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