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Show Teeth Transforming from IMG to AMG!

Hi,
Since it is too hard to get high ranked specialties. Does it work if I transfer from my university to any US university?
It seems to be kind of madness!! but I think it is better than to be IMG!!
I am just finished my 4th year of 6 in medical learning.
I hope if I can transfer, any one has an idea about that?

P.S I hold U.S citizenship
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That would be the smartest move you make in your life

Transforming yourself from an IMG to AMG will certainly get you into the right path.

But you have to do the math. Because I believe you have to go back in the US system, which means you have to take the MCAT and start all over in medical school and I don't think you just can transfer to the same level you are now. But even then I still think it's a good idea.

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That would be the smartest move you make in your life

Transforming yourself from an IMG to AMG will certainly get you into the right path.

But you have to do the math. Because I believe you have to go back in the US system, which means you have to take the MCAT and start all over in medical school and I don't think you just can transfer to the same level you are now. But even then I still think it's a good idea.

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Thanx lee for reply.
I do not mind if I loose additional one year in my life!!because it will happen in preparation period for USMLE as an IMG.

I will graduate after 2 years as an IMG, I do not mind if they level me to pass year 1 and start year 2 so I will graduate after 3 years but as AMG.

Please help me to find good universities & what about MCAT time? preparation period? When to apply for admission? (when new academic year starts?)
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Thanx lee for reply.
I do not mind if I loose additional one year in my life!!because it will happen in preparation period for USMLE as an IMG.

I will graduate after 2 years as an IMG, I do not mind if they level me to pass year 1 and start year 2 so I will graduate after 3 years but as AMG.

Please help me to find good universities & what about MCAT time? preparation period? When to apply for admission? (when new academic year starts?)
To be honest with you your questions are beyond my knowledge. But what I strongly suspect in your case is that you are not going to lose only one year. You will probably lose at least 4 years.
To be admitted to a medical school in US you need to fullfil the requirements which include some basic courses and am not sure whether they'll qualify what you've done or not.
The best place on the Internet to answer your questions is MSAR website and here's the link http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/msar.htm
If you are going to take this seriously, you need to read that website from A to Z. Am sure you'll see obstacles that may significantly halt your ambition at some point. Because you will ask yourself this question "Does it worth another 4-6 years of my life?"

Wishing you all the luck
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To be honest with you your questions are beyond my knowledge. But what I strongly suspect in your case is that you are not going to lose only one year. You will probably lose at least 4 years.
To be admitted to a medical school in US you need to fullfil the requirements which include some basic courses and am not sure whether they'll qualify what you've done or not.
The best place on the Internet to answer your questions is MSAR website and here's the link http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/msar.htm
If you are going to take this seriously, you need to read that website from A to Z. Am sure you'll see obstacles that may significantly halt your ambition at some point. Because you will ask yourself this question "Does it worth another 4-6 years of my life?"

Wishing you all the luck
Thank you so much
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Idea! The Fifth Pathway

Hey good boy!

I had a look at the fifth pathway in ECFMG website. Although I did not read it completely I got an idea that this is the way for one to change him/herself from IMG to AMG. Please read about that and let me and our members know what do u get from that!

Awaiting for ur response!!
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Hey good boy!

I had a look at the fifth pathway in ECFMG website. Although I did not read it completely I got an idea that this is the way for one to change him/herself from IMG to AMG. Please read about that and let me and our members know what do u get from that!

Awaiting for ur response!!
Thank you Dr. N Elham for reply,
I remember that I read that the last year for accepting medical students in matching of 5th pathway was 2009.
I hope if anybody has more information to help us
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Thank you Dr. N Elham for reply,
I remember that I read that the last year for accepting medical students in matching of 5th pathway was 2009.
I hope if anybody has more information to help us
Yes, correct. No more fifth pathway acceptance after January 2009. But the fifth pathway is the reverse of what we are saying. The fifth pathway is for students who graduated from a college here in the US (premedical, preclinical college) then went and finished medical schools abroad then they came back to US to qualify as a doctor.
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Yes, correct. No more fifth pathway acceptance after January 2009. But the fifth pathway is the reverse of what we are saying. The fifth pathway is for students who graduated from a college here in the US (premedical, preclinical college) then went and finished medical schools abroad then they came back to US to qualify as a doctor.
I meant that man
Thanx for confirmation
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i entertained the same idea a few years back,.. but i had to give it up,.. as the other respondent mentioned,.. u will have to lose up to as much as 4 years,.. this is because, first i think ur school uses the 6 year integrated premed/med program,.. and they don't honor that in the US Univ system esp in transferring credits,... u will have to start from 1st year med, (might get credits for premed only),... also,.. very few schools accept transferees, if they do, its usually upon completion of specific academic units (e.g equivalent of two years in med school, etc)..

but then that was a few years back,... try and get a list of the med schools you are interested in and check each one for their policies regarding transferring units.

also,.. another factor that weighed quite heavily was the cost of a US medical education,... u would still need to establish residency in ur state too...
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As tempting as your idea does sound but you will actually lose 4 years cause they only see your 4 years med school as pre-med plus you have to take the mcat & you should consider the expenses & all the money you're gonna spend.
I also hold the U.S. citizenship & the very same idea popped into my head when i was in my 4th year so i asked a friend of mine who had transferred over to an American university he told me that he regret it every day & wish he stayed home & finished his med school cause I know that there's still a chance that you get into a decent residencies program while you're an IMG,so instead of losing at least 4 years i'd rather spend 2 on USMLE,do some hard work & put myyself into a good program. & tha's just my opinion.
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