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karansaraf 04-13-2013 05:15 AM

Question about Cardiology Fellowships without USMLE
I have a quick question regarding the above.

I'm from England and am doing the equivalent of IM residency at the moment. I will be applying for Cardiology and my plan is to do Electrophysiology sub-specialty.

I'm not sure I want to go to the US permanently but a short period of time eg. 1 year or 2 years for intensive training/practice at EP procedures would be excellent.

In England, after Cardiology trainees (ie. Fellows) have completed or almost completed their training here, they often go to other countries (Australia, Netherlands, Canada etc) for 1 year to do a further intensive fellowship in a Cardiology sub-specialty eg. TAVI, Intervention, EP.

Is it possible to do something like this, a one or two year Cardiology/electrophysiology fellowship in the US without having done all of the USMLEs? I don't want to be board certified in the US (I know this is not possible without USMLE/IM boards and then Cardio boards) but just a temporary training post? Or will they only consider you if you have done all the steps?

StepTaker 04-14-2013 01:39 PM

Contact the fellowship programs and ask them. There's no rule. It's kind of case by case.

Interventional cardiology is extremely competitive, so even if it's allowed you won't get it because they'll for sure take US fellowship grads. Electrophysiology am not sure, I think it's not competitive.

I also think that for fellowship where you are required to do procedures (such as catheterization) then you can't get it without being licensed to work in the States. But don't quote me on that, am not sure.


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