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Old 05-11-2011
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I am a foreign medical graduate who has NOT practiced medicine for the last 15 yrs. I worked in a different profession in the U.S.--not related to medicine. But I would like to go back to medical field. ECFMG notified me few days ago that they have accepted my Certification of Identification Form. I intend to sit for the USMLE step 1 in December 2011.

However, I seriously doubt my ability to succeed. I am in my early 40s and a father of three kids. I am willing to devote my time for test preparation, and can do it full-time. My questions to all of you who have experience in this are:

1) Do I stand a chance in passing the tests with relatively good grades?
2) Could I do anything that may ameliorate the HUGE medical gap that has the potential of preventing me from getting into a residency program in the U.S?
3) What is the best way to prepare for USMLE Step 1? (for a person with my history)

I appreciate your feedback.
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I had a family friend who had left medicine for a couple of years and had been a stay at home mom. She was an IMG and decided to give her steps in her late 30s and she made it to surgery. Nothing is impossible. Some programs take life experience as a plus. So many old IMGs match up there. As for how to study, that would depend on how you learn best. However I would suggest you to watch the Kaplan videos very very carefully. For an old IMG who has been out of touch with medicine, Kaplan videos are a lot of help. Follow the same pattern as everyone else does. Do Kaplan leture notes and videos three times. Understand every concept, cram every detail. After you know Kaplan in and out, move on to Goljan for Patho. Do the audios and book very very carefully, its very important. Do BRS physio and HY neuroanatomy. After you're done with them, move on to First Aid. Solve Uworld Questions and Kaplan Qbook. Start working on the questions from your second Kaplan read.

Even though you have a good chance of getting matched, but just remember you can't get a low score and still expect to be matched. Work as hard as you can. Its amazing that you have so much energy and determination in you to come back to medicine in your 40s. I'm impressed. Best of luck.
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Dari, your choices should be based on your situation not others. You could stick to what you do and raise your children, you could use your medical degree do something related to medicine, or you could devote 2 years studying for USMLE and go for the matching. Does your condition allow you to spend 2 years to pursue USMLE? finanicially, psychologically, do you have your wife's support on this? How old are your children. Do they need your guidance on a day to day basis as a father? These are all questions that only you can answer.

If at the end of the day, you feel you can afford to pursue USMLE, I say you have good chance to pass and you have chance to be matched.

Whatever you choose, I think you have already accomplished a lot in your life and you can continue to contribute to your family and to the society in many good ways.
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i say u can do it, and you should definitely go for it.

it is better to try n fail then fail to try at all.

good luck!! keep us updated on your progress.
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