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So over the past few days I've been reading about USMLE and the matching process and how it's infinitely more difficult for IMGs to get the best specialties.(im not even a graduate btw)
A little background first, I'm a medical student in Egypt. Here there's there's no premed, you have 6 years to graduate first three being the equivavent of pre-med, last 3 equivalent of med and an extra year as compulsory clerkship(?) year. I'm a 2nd year (pre)med student and I've always wanted to have a job in the US. I get pretty good grades, last year I was one of the top of my class. So recently i started reading here got to know all the abbreviations and stuff, and honestly I can't say I'm not depressed. This seems much harder than I thought especially since I'm more interested in the more prestigeous specialties which I guess goes to AMGs. My father is also a top Ob/Gyn here and I don't think he'll be happy if I can't get something good. I think I'm losing my mind, I'm not even an official "med" student and I wasted 2 whole days reading stuff here and I have an upcoming important test next monday. I guess I could stay here and get whatever specialty I want but for me that would be giving up a dream I had ever since I was a little kid and I don't wanna give up without trying so I have a few questions that I hope would help my anxiety:
1) Which one of these specialties I have a good chance of getting assuming i get really good Scores? Ob/Gyn, Cardiology/Radiology/General surgery. My favorite would be surgery by far ofc but I have no idea how hard that would be. I heard some people say its doable other say impossible for IMG. Also I don't want general surgery, I want to specialise in something, maybe GI.
2) As a student who still didn't finish all the basics yet (will take pharma, immunology, pathology next year), what do some of the experts here suggest I do. Many people in my uni take the USMLE step 1 after the third year. I wanted to start early so any insight would be helpful.
3) I read that USCE is really important, and that clinincal electives can only be done in your senior year, for me does that mean the 6th year or the final clership year?
4) Also since the electives can only be done for 1 year (senior year), how am I gonna get the 3-6 months experience or even the 1 year research that I see here? I can't just take several 1 month vacations from uni in the middle? And electives are only for pre grads, am I missing something here?
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