Indian IMG in med school - is this doable? Pls Help
I am a US Citizen currently in my third year of med school in India. I am currently preparing for Step 1, and am planning on taking it this coming Jan/Feb (when i will be in fourth year). My expected score based on the NBMEs i've taken is mid 250s. My current plan is this: Take Step 1 in Jan/Feb 2017 Prep for Step 2, research etc during 2017 Do externships/electives Jan-April 2018 Write step 2 and apply for 2018 cycle Graduate in March/April 2019 (officially) I have talked to school administrators and they will allow me to delay my intern year by a couple of months after final year ends, so i can take time off and do electives jan-april of 2018. My doubts are this: -will i be able to do electives because i will have completed fourth year but not technically graduated (i.e not done intern year)? will this keep me eligable for electives or do i have to do externships? -do places offer electives in jan,feb,march? I tried looking this up but most places seem to start electives in may, june, august, etc. Do any indian IMGs have experience getting a residency without taking a year off? Most of my seniors seem to have done this but i really dont want to just waste a year......