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Idea! Unpaid Residency; I don't need salary!

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I was wondering..I want to get into a surgery program in the US.
Let's say I work for free. in addition to a good CV with high usmle scores..which means they accept me as a resident in their program but unpaid..I dont have a problem with that as long as it increase my chance of getting into surgery program..especially cardiothoraco surgery..I know my idea may sounds weird but Saudis are doing it they take scolarships from their country and their country pay them salaries so the program doesnt have to.
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But it's not only your salary, you need to pay for the training!

Residency programs receive $200K-$250K per resident per year, of which they pay $40-50K resident salary and the remaining goes for training expenses such as faculty salaries and hospital expenses. That's why there isn't an increase in residency spots because Medicare and the US government is broke.

So the Saudis "you referred to" not only pay their people salary but they also pay the residency program for training.

So do you have $200-$250K to pay every year? total of $800K-$1M for surgery residency!

Even if you have the money, there are administrative obstacles. You cannot as an individual contract with residency programs, you should be an institution or a government in order to be able to attract their attention.

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I was just saying ill work as unpaid,,just like any other resident but unpaid,,would this increase my chances in residency
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Hi,
I was wondering..I want to get into a surgery program in the US.
Let's say I work for free. in addition to a good CV with high usmle scores..which means they accept me as a resident in their program but unpaid..I dont have a problem with that as long as it increase my chance of getting into surgery program..especially cardiothoraco surgery..I know my idea may sounds weird but Saudis are doing it they take scolarships from their country and their country pay them salaries so the program doesnt have to.
I heard there is some track like that in Canada. There are international graduates or fellows that are doing what you mention, but they did not apply as an independent candidate, (at least the people I know ) usually the chair of the department in his/her home university contacted the chair in the states nominating this person for the position plus the scholarship of course.
Technically paid or unpaid resident is not a determinant factor, hospital and universities don't pay the residents from their own money, every position is sponsored by the ACGME who gives them money for every resident or fellow , and thi money come from different sources more in a federal level. I think technically the hospital even make a small profit for every paid resident, not completely sure abou. If
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