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Default Future IMG looking to get into Emergency Medicine

Hello everyone,
I am new here so I'd just like to say thanks to everyone that contributes on these forums, they've been a help for me!

Anyway my info:
I am an International Medical Student, Us citizen.
I am just about to finish my 2nd year in my current university in Costa Rica.

Upon discovering that my current U is not accredited by the California medical board (where I am from) and has not produced much US residents (only 1 person I have found) nor does it have many affiliations with US hospitals, I am starting over completely at a new university that is accredited and offers much better opportunities for getting USCE and hopefully residency (many students have made us residency from here). So essentially I will have lost 2 years of credits to start over, but not losing any experience, if that makes sense... Pretty hard choice but necessary to not be excluded from applying to certain states.

I did 2 clinical rotations and I know for now I am drawn to emergency medicine as a result of these experiences. I can list all the reasons why, but lets just assume I will stick to this goal of becoming a US EM resident.

So I just want to ask, What should I do to prepare myself for competing in the US around the year 2020? What recommendations do you have?

My current plans for success:
- study all classes alongside my faithful FA books and Kaplan books
- use vacations as review time and practicing for taking exams
- participate in the research they offer
- taking a semester off after completing basic sciences to study with Kaplan (offered at my school) and at the end take the USMLE part 1
- Finish Clinical years in Medical school while using USMLE studying materials/Kaplan
- During the one year internship I can do 2/5 blocks in the US at an affiliated hospital (2 blocks = 140 days more or less) so I plan on taking full opportunity of that. Hopefully get 1 -2 SLOE in EM
- studying more and then finishing USMLE step 2 cs and ck
-?
-apply for residency.


So what do you think? What should I do?
Thanks again!
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Your plan is the right one. For an IMG to match at EM (which is really competitive) you need the following three actions:

1- Visa status: since you are a US citizen, this will open doors for you.
2- Get the highest USMLE scores possible.
3- Do as most rotations as you can in the US as a student, get letters from these rotations.
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Your plan is the right one. For an IMG to match at EM (which is really competitive) you need the following three actions:

1- Visa status: since you are a US citizen, this will open doors for you.
2- Get the highest USMLE scores possible.
3- Do as most rotations as you can in the US as a student, get letters from these rotations.


Cool, looks like I am getting on the right path. I am also curious, let's say I still feel like I lack USCE at that time and want to get more. I was wondering if it would be wise to apply to a preliminary IM program for USCE and then the following year apply to an EM program? Would that look good to EM PDs?
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