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Hello! I値l be an incoming first year student at the Medical School of University of Santo Tomas and I want to do my residency in the US. I have dual citizenship to Canada and the Philippines so I know I値l have to get a visa at some point. I also want to do some clinical rotations in the States as well because it makes an application of an IMG for residencies look more competitive and gives a chance for students to learn about the US medical system. Before I can do all of this, I know that I must take Steps 1, 2 CS and CK of the USMLE痴. Is it advisable to take Step 1 after the third year of medical school and do visiting rotations in the US for my fourth year then complete Step 2CS and 2CK after the local boards to be matched for US residency spots? I知 unsure of how well this route will play out, are there any of you that can suggest a different path to be matched with a US medical institution after graduating medical school or a year after graduation? If you are already an IMG who matched at a hospital in the US, I'd love to know your story or if you're someone who has finished Step 1 or about to do Step I Thanks for all your help.
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Hello! I値l be an incoming first year student at the Medical School of University of Santo Tomas and I want to do my residency in the US. I have dual citizenship to Canada and the Philippines so I know I値l have to get a visa at some point. I also want to do some clinical rotations in the States as well because it makes an application of an IMG for residencies look more competitive and gives a chance for students to learn about the US medical system. Before I can do all of this, I know that I must take Steps 1, 2 CS and CK of the USMLE痴. Is it advisable to take Step 1 after the third year of medical school and do visiting rotations in the US for my fourth year then complete Step 2CS and 2CK after the local boards to be matched for US residency spots? I知 unsure of how well this route will play out, are there any of you that can suggest a different path to be matched with a US medical institution after graduating medical school or a year after graduation? If you are already an IMG who matched at a hospital in the US, I'd love to know your story or if you're someone who has finished Step 1 or about to do Step I Thanks for all your help.
I have to say, you seem like the kind of person who plans stuff well in advance. That is good. I think you got much of it right. If your medical school curiculum is not crazy and you can finish the steps while still in medical school that would be amazing and people have done that before. But that will be a little tough considering you will have to cover the medical school syllabus and exams as well. If you can get it done, then your plan above looks great but mentally be prepared that you may have to take a year after graduation to prepare for the steps. And yes apply and do electives in your final year prior to graduation to boost your chances. As you have not started medical school yet, from your first year you could start reading material US medical students read like Board Review Series books and that would train you to be more ready for the steps from the very begining. Also, don't rush the steps till you feel prepared or comfortable to give the exam with your preparation as the step scores are still the most important part of the application for IMGs. Good luck
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