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Old 06-01-2012
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I have some initial UK clinical experience and now I am interested to pursue further career in USA, I am aware of the exam difficulties but does my UK base clinical hand experience would make any difference in application for residency?

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Generally speaking, any overseas experience is not greatly appreciated and recognized in USA. That's not because of arrogance or superiority on the US program directors part but it's simply because of the fact that the US Health Care System is entirely different from any other country.

In addition, Program Directors are usually unaware of other systems and they don't know how health care works in other countries and they don't know which is institute is reputable and which one is not.

Nevertheless, if we were to rank the overseas experience in order of their impact on US physicians then I'd probably say

Number one is Canada
Number two is UK
Number three is Australia/New Zealand

Of course this is just generalization. There are exceptions of course, you may for example encounter a PD who studied in UK and who values the UK health system so much and would love to give you an interview!

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