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Question Need Your Advice USMLErs

I am a fresh IMG and I need your advice... Should I finish the USMLE first then do my clinical rotation "3 months in every major branch" or I should finish my clinical rotation then take the USMLE "It is difficult to do both at the same time"?? Is clinical rotation required at time of application to the matching and would it be a big problem if I don't have it at that time?
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Default Please clarify

What type of clinical rotation you are going to do? Is it your med school clinical rotation. Do you have the degree in hand?

Where are you going to do the clinical rotation? Is it in USA?

Generally speaking, students prefer to ace their USMLE steps right after graduation so that the information is still fresh.

To be ECFMG certified, you need to have your med school degree awarded. That's it, they don't require clerkships or rotations (because these should be part of your curriculum they assume).

However, to boost your chances for the match you need to have some form of observership or externship in US hospitals.
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Question Thanks alot sabio

Sadly am not in US...
Dear Sabio, in my country and after 6 years of medical education and getting the degree... there is something called clinical rotation where you spend 3 months in every major department, it is sort of getting more experience and if anyone have the interest he will get the chance to learn and do everything he likes, such as appendectomy, giving chemo and many many other things".... so my question is should I do this clinical rotation and get all the experience I can then do the USMLE or I should start the USMLE directly and then get the experience in the US afterwards????
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Sadly am not in US...
Dear Sabio, in my country and after 6 years of medical education and getting the degree... there is something called clinical rotation where you spend 3 months in every major department, it is sort of getting more experience and if anyone have the interest he will get the chance to learn and do everything he likes, such as appendectomy, giving chemo and many many other things".... so my question is should I do this clinical rotation and get all the experience I can then do the USMLE or I should start the USMLE directly and then get the experience in the US afterwards????
thanks again for you great job in the forum
That clinical rotation is not recognized by most residency programs here in the US. However, many fellowship programs do recognize the clinical rotation that you are going to do. So if you plan on doing fellowship then do those 3 monthly clinical rotations but if you plan to become a resident here in USA then you are wasting your time.

The best thing is that you do the USMLE exams right now and come to USA as soon as you can because once you are three years after graduation they'll consider you an old grad and your residency matching will be more difficult.
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Thanks Ahmed... you really helped... I think I will keep going for usmle as I want to get residency there.
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