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Hey guys!

So I'm a freshly graduated doctor, I graduated in july 2012. I have always planned to take USMLE steps, since I was a second year med student, unfortunately during med school I just wasn't able to focus on both the classes and proper preparation for the steps thats why I waited until now.
I have a huge dilemma though, I want to fully commit to prepare for the steps this time but I'm just worried about not working as a doctor until I finally get a residency in the states! Is there anyone with the same situation?

The question is should I sacrifice a year and get fully into study and delay my practise or should I work for a year gain experience as a doctor and return to steps after that?
I would really appreciate if someone has/had a similar experience please tell me which path did you go for? What would you have done differently?

I apologize if this topic has appeared in the past I couldn't find a similar question, if anyone knows please send me the link to the convo.

I have been reading this forum and I find it very helpful thank you all!
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It all depends on your individual situation and personal dynamics. Where do you live? do you need money? can you go to US at any time? ...etc

However, the general advice is, the sooner you get into residency in US the better. If your aim is ultimately USA then any overseas experiences and training are not recognized and practically means "waste of time".

So if I were in your situation, I would ignite the turbines of my studying and try to finish all the steps in less than one year and apply for the matching season 2013-2014.

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thanks dear this is nice iu like it.
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It all depends on your individual situation and personal dynamics. Where do you live? do you need money? can you go to US at any time? ...etc

However, the general advice is, the sooner you get into residency in US the better. If your aim is ultimately USA then any overseas experiences and training are not recognized and practically means "waste of time".

So if I were in your situation, I would ignite the turbines of my studying and try to finish all the steps in less than one year and apply for the matching season 2013-2014.

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Thanks for the advice! This is what I was looking for.
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