Can I do CS First? - USMLE Forums
USMLE Forums Logo
USMLE Forums         Your Reliable USMLE Online Community     Members     Posts
Home
USMLE Articles
USMLE News
USMLE Polls
USMLE Books
USMLE Apps
Go Back   USMLE Forums > IMG/FMG Forum > IMG Visa Issues

IMG Visa Issues International Medical Graduates and Students discussion US Visa issues.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-28-2010
USMLE Forums Scout
 
Steps History: Not yet
Posts: 11
Threads: 8
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Reputation: 10
India Can I do CS First?

i'm in a pretty little situation here.....
i'll graduate in 2011 november...i wan do usmle but i guess the prep for step1 and step2ck and doing the exam will take a whole year....and then what if i dont get the visa to do cs....i am doomed rite....i am an img frm india.
will the letter for writing the exam given by ecfmg be enuf for getting visa 100%....OR SHUD I DO CS FIRST....SO IF I GET VISA I CAN DO CS, AND THEN STEP1 AND CK...IF I DONT GET VISA ECFMG WILL REFUND MY EXAM FEE TOO...SEEMS VERY PRACTICAL BUT IS IT WORTH IT AND WITHOUT PROBLEMS...HELP ME OUT FOLKS
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message



  #2  
Old 09-28-2010
USMLE Forums Master
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS+3
Posts: 742
Threads: 137
Thanked 2,429 Times in 441 Posts
Reputation: 2532
Arrow It's a dilemma

It's a dilemma.
Some experts think that if you do the Step 1 first then your chances of getting a Visa for the CS is higher as they'll see that you are serious about it and not just wanting to get a Visa.
Some others say, get the Visa first before indulging into the painful paths of Step 1 and CK.
Certainly, the ECFMG letter is not enough to guarantee you a visa but it's very useful of course.

Most of the Indians that I have met, did Step 1 then applied for Visa for the CS and all of them got the Visa, so I suggest you follow the same path.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
JACOB SHAJI (09-28-2010)
  #3  
Old 09-28-2010
younissmed's Avatar
USMLE Forums Guru
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS
Posts: 378
Threads: 68
Thanked 203 Times in 99 Posts
Reputation: 213
Default

the way things go here in Egypt is that it doesn't make any difference whether you pass step 1 , 2 or both,still won't increase your chances of getting a visa,so if that's the deal in India also,then I'd recommend that you go ahead & try to get a visa first cause why would you start a thing that you can't finish. Good Luck
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 10-13-2010
USMLE Forums Addict
 
Steps History: CS Only
Posts: 109
Threads: 23
Thanked 23 Times in 19 Posts
Reputation: 33
Question similar issue

hello,

i face a similar problem here. i am currently in my fourth year m.b.b.s from india. i am planning to pursue an elective in u.s next year, sometime bet sept-dec '11. i want to know how to proceed from then on.. can i give my step 2 ck first since ill be in u.s for the electives, then probably come back and study for the other exams? or is it better to give them in order? or should i finish my step1 before going for my electives and then give my step2cs? is there any specified time period for giving step2cs?how long does it take to prepare for step2cs ? will i be able to study during my last year [internship in india] ?please help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 11-02-2010
USMLE Forums Master
 
Steps History: Step 1 Only
Posts: 512
Threads: 57
Thanked 318 Times in 163 Posts
Reputation: 328
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by appu View Post
hello,

i face a similar problem here. i am currently in my fourth year m.b.b.s from india. i am planning to pursue an elective in u.s next year, sometime bet sept-dec '11. i want to know how to proceed from then on.. can i give my step 2 ck first since ill be in u.s for the electives, then probably come back and study for the other exams? or is it better to give them in order? or should i finish my step1 before going for my electives and then give my step2cs? is there any specified time period for giving step2cs?how long does it take to prepare for step2cs ? will i be able to study during my last year [internship in india] ?please help.
hey appu m too in the same boat as u.will finish my internship in march 2012.
will be taking my step1 in oct2011 during my intrnship then hoping for electives.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 11-05-2010
USMLE Forums Master
 
Steps History: 1+CK+CS+3
Posts: 1,109
Threads: 31
Thanked 520 Times in 394 Posts
Reputation: 539
Default have in mind the end first-residency!

we all need visa to be able to accomplish the final point: residency.
but remember that adequate preparation would give a higher score and then interviews and finally residency and your money spent pays off!!
i consider this the most important!
know that in journey of life there are risk taking involved. the biggest risk here i see is writing all the exam an not getting a residency.
to start with cs in my opinion is not the best! know that img as we are dont have good percentage pass incs in its self so why dont you get a good stance in your foundation to work out diagnosis in the cs. this makes you confident.

most often than not applicants after step 1 and ck would not be refused a visa.

remember that even if your fear is refusal of visa then how to do overcome that if you are given only 3 or 6 months visa to go for the cs and you dont get visa after 1 and ck then how would you go for the ivs?

so the truth is that, this whole processes is risk taking and for me as a christian my faith makes me know that i would not be disappointed at the end because i prayed to God's first to know whether i should really take the path of usmle.

if you are so convinced then please dont be afraid! i also need a visa but i know it would surely work out!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
The above post was thanked by:
JACOB SHAJI (11-05-2010)



Reply

Tags
ECFMG-Registration, India-, Visa-Issues

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the USMLE Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Medical School
Choose "---" if you don't want to tell. AMG for US & Canadian medical schools. IMG for all other medical schools.
USMLE Steps History
What steps finished! Example: 1+CK+CS+3 = Passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3.

Choose "---" if you don't want to tell.

Favorite USMLE Books
What USMLE books you really think are useful. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.
Location
Where you live. Leave blank if you don't want to tell.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes


RSS Feed
Find Us on Facebook
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

USMLE® & other trade marks belong to their respective owners, read full disclaimer
USMLE Forums created under Creative Commons 3.0 License. (2009-2014)