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hi there i am a medical student from india and i am planning to do my electives in the states..can we choose the electives we want to do and in between i am doing my internship here and already completed surgery and obstetrics and i am very much interested in surgery so can i do my rotation in surgery in the states ....i would be happy if some body would help me and thanks in advance
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Hey, well yes, you can do electives in the states. I would even go on to say that if you're aiming to get into surgery in the states, you MUST try and do it. Bearing in mind the various logistics of course such as USMLE Step1, cost, time for internships, dean permissions, etc etc etc (varies from individuals to med schools). But I'm not sure the elective will be counted in your internship (ie whether you'll get credit or not). you'll have to find out about that. I did hear of a guy who was from canada and wanted to transfer back to do his rotations but gave up the idea due to some massive amount of paperwork involved, but its worth finding out- try your college internship coordinator or the medical council of india.
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