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Old 01-21-2014
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United Kingdom UK MCEM Degree Helpful in US?

hey guys ............
i have a question ....
presently am doing residency in ER (MCEM).......
also i have taken USMLE STEPS.. i plan to apply for ER residency in USA.. after i finish MCEM...
is it helpful to me...
please guys help me....
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Havent gone through the match process yet, but if you have your USMLE steps done and are ECFMG certified, then waiting around to finish your MCEM exams may not be the best plan if it is going to delay your residency application. I guess it depends how many years post-grad you are, but id imagine at least 3-4 if your finishing up MCEM? From what ive consistently read the shorter your time since graduation the better. Especially if you are gonna be hitting the 5 year post grad mark as many programs have that as a cut-off for applying

I had the same issue with whether to finish the MRCP, and from talking to a IM program director in the states, the UK membership exams wont really play that much of a role in your application (its all about the USMLEs exam wise) and i was told it was better to apply sooner rather than later. Obviously having MRCP/MCEM on your application is better than not having it, but only if obtaining it doesnt harm your application in any other way as it is of much less importance than USMLE scores or time since graduation etc.
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