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Question Practicing Medicine in US without Residency in USA

Can an IMG practice (by keeping private practice) as a primary care doctor in USA with doing residency in the USA?
Is that considered to be legal. I recently saw a ad in a forum about placing doctors in rural area (hr corps usa).
Please give me your opinion whether this actually works or is it just a scam. Also they were looking for ECFMG certified candidates.

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In order to practice medicine in USA you need to have a State License.

In order to have State License, you need to have finished the required residency training and have passed all the USMLE exams including Step 3 exam.

There's no other way around this.

However, there are some jobs that claim to be doctor's jobs, but they are actually not real MD jobs, for example physician assistant, or some private company doctors (such as those on cruise ships or rural area fields such as oil industries or insurance company claimers or pharmaceutical clerical/research jobs and stuff like that), such jobs might accept an ECFMG certified doctor without the need for State licensing, but of course the payment is nowhere near the real doctor MD. Also, such jobs are very rare and are usually non-secure and then can kick you out at any times.

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