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I want to know that why people prefer USMLE instead of AMC and other exams??

I THINK competition in USMLE is so high and to clear all steps almost take minimum of 2 yrs..
many of IMGs also fail to secure residency spot.
You cant do side jobs if you are doing externships which is must and very expensive..

I heard that in AMC or ireland u can also do part time jobs and to clear exams will take less thn a year...
Residency chances are compartively better thn usmle...
So what do you say guys ...
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I want to know that why people prefer USMLE instead of AMC and other exams??

I THINK competition in USMLE is so high and to clear all steps almost take minimum of 2 yrs..
many of IMGs also fail to secure residency spot.
You cant do side jobs if you are doing externships which is must and very expensive..

I heard that in AMC or ireland u can also do part time jobs and to clear exams will take less thn a year...
Residency chances are compartively better thn usmle...
So what do you say guys ...
I can't speak for Australian training programs because I know nothing about their system. However, I can say a thing or two about Ireland's 'training' schemes:

1. The service-to-training component in Ireland is atrocious. Granted there are a few select training programs (e.g. Anesthetics) where this is not the case, but in general, you work your ass off with minimal training. Forget learning anything in your Intern year.

2. The length of these so-called training programs (very few select programs aside) is completely unacceptable. This is related to 1. (above). The more time you spend faffing around doing grunt work (and I mean REAL grunt work), the less time you spend training and learning.

3. The prospects of becoming a consultant after your training are few and far between. Moreover, the prospects of practicing medicine in the private sector are even fewer. Getting a consultancy post in Ireland is almost like getting membership at the Augusta National: you have to wait until somebody dies for a position to become available.
In addition, almost all consultant posts in this era require a fellowship abroad.

4. The working conditions are awful in many hospitals throughout the country. What type of conditions am I referring to?: patient:doctor ratio, hospital resources, buildings, administrative support, getting paid in a timely fashion, etc., etc., etc.

5. In Ireland, you work and train under the umbrella of the Health Service Executive (HSE). This is a dysfunctional and bloated governmental organisation that shows its disdain and disrespect for non-consultant hospital doctors in many ways.

6. You can clear certain exams in Ireland in less than a year, but they are for the most part useless aside from facilitating your entry to the next level of training (and not recognised in many parts of the world either).
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thankyou usmleire SIR ..great explanation..
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