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I finished my MBBS in 2007, and worked as a medical writer for 1.5 years in a CRO. I quit my job to come to the US with my husband.

I lived in a town without many opportunities for someone on a dependent visa, but I tried to get a volunteer position, without success. I wrote my GRE and TOEFL in the hope of pursuing a PhD. But I was rejected since I did not have any academic publications/ research experience.

I am planning to write my USMLE by next year and apply for a match.

Realistically, what in your opinion, are my chances at success?
I request you to please be honest and not pessimistic or overly encouraging.
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Its difficult to say without your scores. If you score high on your steps your chances would be above average. If you score low on your steps you will need US clinical experience to become competitive. So go for it and get high scores.Thats it!!Make sure you complete your steps quickly because you will be filtered out by certain programs by the graduation year.
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Its difficult to say without your scores. If you score high on your steps your chances would be above average. If you score low on your steps you will need US clinical experience to become competitive. So go for it and get high scores.Thats it!!Make sure you complete your steps quickly because you will be filtered out by certain programs by the graduation year.
What jobs/ positions count as USCE? I moved recently and I'm looking for jobs that will help me with the residency match in the future. I plan to study while I work so my resume can improve.
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I've been trying to start prep, but found that I have forgotten quite a bit and I don't know where to start! I'm planning to write the exams by Feb/ March 2014.
Any tips or inputs on where I can start? I don't know if many of you are new grads and can understand my situation as an old grad or if there are some old grads too, but I'm hoping I can get some helpful advice.
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There are jobs out there that count as USCE but Im not sure of what they are. Perhaps a physicians assistant?
with regards to the steps, you should start with step 1,then step 2 CK and finally step 2 CS in that order as each step will help the other step.
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There are jobs out there that count as USCE but Im not sure of what they are. Perhaps a physicians assistant?
with regards to the steps, you should start with step 1,then step 2 CK and finally step 2 CS in that order as each step will help the other step.
Thanks!
Physicians assistant requires a specific degree to look for a job, so that is not an option.
I meant what books do I use, to start preparing? I know most of my classmates did high yield in Kaplan, but that was soon after graduation...
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Physicians assistant requires a specific degree to look for a job, so that is not an option.
I meant what books do I use, to start preparing? I know most of my classmates did high yield in Kaplan, but that was soon after graduation...
You are a doctor and you should always aspire to become a practicing one too. Forget all other options about physician assistant etc. Work hard and everything is possible.

There are countless threads and posts on resources so please use the search function.

Kaplan is a great start to refresh your basics, followed by pathoma/goljan for pathology, First Aid 2013 (step 1 bible) and qbanks. That's it really.

Starting is the hard bit, it's a smooth sail from there. So get started!
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Start by watching the step 1 videos from kaplan.Then memorise first aid.Then do Usmle world.Then you are done for step 1.
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Thanks for the inputs drstarter and water!
I was researching and found a website with videos called Dr. Najeeb's Lectures. Any idea if this is helpful too?
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I suggest watch any video of najeeb and decide by urself... these videos are very helpful BUT time consuming.
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Thanks for the inputs drstarter and water!
I was researching and found a website with videos called Dr. Najeeb's Lectures. Any idea if this is helpful too?
If you have a lot of time for your preparation then sure go for his videos or else I think Kaplan is more than enough.
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If you are weak on a particular subjet,,by watching dr najeeb you will gain allot of knowledge. Its highly recommended if you are weak in your basics.
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