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Old 05-13-2015
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Guys i really need your advice!! I'm IMG, US permanent resident and a Caribbean medical student. I had to withdraw out of my first medical school due to financial reasons. Had to transfer to another Caribbean medical school, which is not approved for NY, California, Texas and Florida residency. I recently took my Step 1 exam and scored a 245 in it. I was thinking about transferring to more recognized Caribbean medical school such as Ross medical school, which is approved in all states. They offer better clinical rotations. More residency spots to apply at. Do you recommend this? This would be my third medical school and i do have some gaps on my CV. What would you guys recommend????
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Old 05-29-2015
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Hi there,

First and foremost, you have to check with these more renowned universities if they will even accept your transfer. Even with your high score, you might have to either start all over from MD1 or just repeat MD5; I was told this by some friends who did transfer out but not to the BIG 5 Caribbean schools.

You're right about rotations being important but you can always try to secure rotations on your own. Maybe not all your 72 weeks will be at good institutions and it definitely takes more work to coordinate these rotations but what matters is that you get seen.

Also, since you mentioned finances as an issue, don't forget to take that into account since rotations do cost more no matter which school you're from. It's not fun having to wait between rotations.

In summary, it won't be a problem transferring but you need to have a good explanation. Maybe the school you're currently in might even be able to help you out with combining your transcripts into one - so you get to drop one school.
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