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Egypt USMLE Vs. Radiology MD from Egypt

Hi everybody,
I'm kind of weighting between 2 options and need urgent help.
USMLE or Radiology MD [Egyptian]

N.B, I'm A junior radiology resident at Ministry of Health, Egypt.
Graduated class 2008, FOM-SCU "Faculty of Medicine Suez Canal University"
The only PBL "problem based learning" medicine school + family and community medicine in whole Egypt !

I guess my faculty was accredited some kind of ISO certificates what so ever.
I'm also a Dual- Citizen " American/Egyptian" and reside in Egypt since 1994, so i got kinda stuck in Egypt but now i need to move on to achieve my goal in life to be a doctor " literally speakin a real one " !

  • Can I work with my bachelor degree in the states?
  • Do I really need USMLE? I already wasted 7 years of studying medicine in Egypt !
  • Can't I just finish my MD in radiology here " 3 more years " then make any equivalent degrees to even work as a junior radiologist in the states?

Guys I'm welling to generously host any doctor in the states and help any one because this is what I'm all about, just need advice .
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Nobody can practice medicine in USA without doing USMLE, even those who graduated from US Medical School have to do the USMLE.

If you have plans to later on to work and live in the States, then you must do the USMLE, there's no way out.

Your radiology experience in Egypt won't be recognized (at least from the legal/regulatory point of view) and therefore you can't practice radiology in USA.

If you are sure about your ultimat goal (working in USA) then you have to do the USMLE steps, come to US and do some USCE and apply to residency.

I'd like also to warn you that Radiology is very competitive here in USA and quite difficult (but not impossible) specially for IMGs.

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In order to work in the USA u have to get USMLE cuz I don't think there is a way to work with bachelor or even with master degree from Egypt
but ur dual citizenship I think is going to help u much in getting into a good residency program.

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I think that if you're already PGY1 in Radiology in Egypt, why not stay there? It seems to me that you like the specialty, and since you are doing it, stick with it. No point of risking a steady career option for a riskier usmle route.
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@ Sabio, mmtj, drciri : USMLE, A must do step depending on time and financial issues could cost me my whole "Radiological career" here in Egypt exactly as patelMD mentioned.

So guys really guys if I'm able to finish my Egyptian Radiology MD within [3years] with a TOTAL cost around 20 hundred [2,000 US dollar] which can qualify me to work in gulf with an average [75,000-100,000 US dollar] annual income.
  • Should I really risk the 10 years "7 studying + 3 MD " for USMLE ?
  • Not to mention the USMLE cost? Time to complete all steps?
  • My C.V. can't qualify me to equivalent US degrees?

Plz, can anyone reconsider it based on these two factors ?

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@ Sabio, mmtj, drciri : USMLE, A must do step depending on time and financial issues could cost me my whole "Radiological career" here in Egypt exactly as patelMD mentioned.

So guys really guys if I'm able to finish my Egyptian Radiology MD within [3years] with a TOTAL cost around 20 hundred [2,000 US dollar] which can qualify me to work in gulf with an average [75,000-100,000 US dollar] annual income.
  • Should I really risk the 10 years "7 studying + 3 MD " for USMLE ?
  • Not to mention the USMLE cost? Time to complete all steps?
  • My C.V. can't qualify me to equivalent US degrees?

Plz, can anyone reconsider it based on these two factors ?

Wow, You have very good opportunity in egypt. Thats GREAT. I agreed with sabio. Doesn't matter , how many degrees you have , or how much qualified you are in other country ... you have to pass USMLE ( its named so coz , it is the licensing examination to practice medicine in USA ) and for radiology you have to get 99 with high triple score as it is very very competitive and as sabio said you need USCE , LoR from US. But after passing usmle ... Those training will help you to get into residency ... If you are extremely eager to practice medicine in USA go for USMLE ( but passing usmle even with high score there is no guarantee that you will get radiology ) otherwise you are all set in egypt , stick with it .....

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