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Portugal 30 Years Old Cardiologist from Portugal Thinking of USMLE

Hi everyone!
I'm new in this forum and this is actually my first message!
Great forum, well done, great job!

First of all, sorry about my bad english. I know I will have to train that if I want to pass the toefl exam.

ok, this is my situation: I'm from Portugal and ended now my graduation in a medical school in Spain. Due to personal reasons I have to return to Portugal and I will apply here to do internship and residency. So in 4-6 years I will try my chances in usmle. I will be 30 years old, but on the other hand I will be more prepared specially for the clinical examination.

First question: for example, if here in Europe I have a residency in cardiology, (and I said Europe because here if you are cardiologist in Portugal you are also cardiologist in England or Germany) then in the US that means nothing? I have to do the internship, residency the same way and probably not in the same area of specialization?

Second question: You said that the age can be a problem in some states and in others no. I will apply with 30 years-old! Can this be a big problem in some states? I'm asking this because I want to apply in California because I'm a good spanish speaker (I lived 6 years in Spain so I speak spanish like a native).

Third question: could be the visa a problem to a european? I think not because it's Europe and I know that Portugal and US have this special union.

cheers and thanks to all!!
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Hi lifesaver,

Nice to have you here with us.

Let me answer your questions:

Being fluent in Spanish will certainly give you a great advantage in states where Spanish is a common language such as California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and others.

Being a European citizen does not give you an advantage over other International Medical Graduates unless the program director is having his grand fathers coming from that area of the world

You will still be constrained by the Visa issue because let me say only about 20% of all residency programs are happy providing J1 or H1B Visas.

Being 30 years old at the time of application is certainly a hindering factor in many programs (no special state that loves or hates old grads it's a general issue).

Being a cardiology specialist can give small advantage over others but keep in mind that most IMGs do come to USA with lots of specialization degrees, research, publications, ..etc All of this OK but it's nothing compared to the slightest US clinical experience even if it was in the form of a simple observership.

If I were you. I would have tried to come now to US and try to find a residency right now instead of waiting for another 4-5 years no matter how good you will be by then. I mean the young age advantage is much more valuable than the prior overseas clinical experience. It might not be logic, but that's the way how it works here in US.

Moreover, nobody knows what will happen after 5 years. Perhaps it will be very difficult or maybe very easier for IMGs to get into, nobody can tell right now.

Please let me know if you have further queries
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Hi.
Thanks for the reply!

I didn't knew about that visa problems,...20% you say!! I really thought that for europeans and australians were more easy to get the visa if you can prove you have a job offer. Definitely that can be a big, big problem...

I will try to improve my CV, try to make age a less important factor. Where can I find information about doing observership, externship, or research in USA?

One more question. What are the lower competitive specialties (because I will have more chances on those), and possibly the more IMG "friendly"?

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Regarding Externships, Observerships & resarches, the best way is to have or make contacts there. This will save much of $$$ that you will pay for companies for these issues. In addition to that, if you got postdoc research chance they will pay for you!

If you want more info, visit this :
Externships Observerships Clerkships

Less competitive specialties are family medicine & internal medicine.


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I really thought that for europeans and australians were more easy to get the visa if you can prove you have a job offer.
Yes, correct once you have a job offer then your Visa won't be a problem. Am talking here who will give you the job offer? only 20% of residency programs are happy to sponsor J1 or H1B Visas.
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Hi lifesaver

I'am also an IMG from portugal interested in an International (American) experience and would like to share some ideias with you. Please send me a private message, if you want to get in touch. This is also my first post here

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