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Old 05-19-2011
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Hi guys this is my first post:

I just want to say that I have been very impressed by this website. It very clear and I found it highly informative.

I am a UK grad just finished medical school about 8 months ago (2010). Currently in year 1 of a 2 year internship. I am a british citizen (not us citizen or green card holder). I would like to persue internal medicine residency in the USA.

I am currently studying for step 1, but while doing my internship finding it difficult to study as I am working 50-70 hours a week. I am planning to take step 1 in 2 months time. Obviously I will take NBME exams well in advance to check my readiness.

I am seriously considering stopping my internship after year 1, taking a year out and doing: step 2 ck, step 2 cs, step 3, and 3 months us clinical experience prior to restarting year 2 of my internship. I will then apply for the 2013 match in year 2 of my internship.

However, in the uk breaking up the 2 year internship is slightly frowned upon its better to take a break after completing 2 years post grad. Also I have a research block in year 2 which will almost guarantee me a publication in an area of my interest. I will lose this research block if I take a year out.

At the same time I do know that the us prefer fresh grads. If i complete 2 year internship then take a year out to complete the exams and work experience, prior to applying (2014 Match) I will be 3 years post grad when applying and 4 years post grad if/when I start a residency. I know this is still below 5 years, but is it worth risking splitting my internship in the uk and losing a research opportunity, so that I can apply 1 year earlier?

Thanks in advance.
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Arrow My opinion

Option A) Losing internship and research in UK and apply for 2013 match
Option B) Completing internship and research in UK and apply for 2014 match

I choose option B.

The fact that you'll complete your internship appropriately and get a research publication with no interruption of your training has much higher impact on your residency chances than the one year difference in graduation freshness.
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