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Italy Italian Student Preparing for USMLE

Hi guys,
I'm attending the 5th year of medicine in Italy and I want to apply for USMLE, but I cant study during my degree program, because of the exams I have to do. In your opinion, how long does it take to study, from "a ground zero preparation", for step I, considering my English is at a low-medium level?
Should I have to start just now during my graduation? I think it will not be possible. And thinking about step 2 and 3? What can you tell me about? How long does it take to prepare the whole USMLE? 1,5 year for an Italian student could be feasible?
Last qstn...how much time I have to wait, after completing USMLE, to apply for residency match? I've just read online you can do match one year later you have done the entire USMLE...is it true??!....please help me...
I want to do maxillofacial surgery in USA, and I have to attend also the 4-year dentistry program degree before I can do maxillo residency...so, in front of the long period I have to face, Im very dispirited right now.
Please, answer to my questions...bye...Pierluigi
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Hi there,

Welcome to USMLE Forums.

The duration of USMLE preparation varies considerably from student to another, your post shows that you have good English so I don't think that's a barrier in your case. I would guess that one year of full dedication will get you through all the exams. However you can get more insights by looking at these polls;
Time needed for International Medical Graduates to prepare for USMLE Step 1
Time needed for IMGs to prepare for Step 2 CK

Once you pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS and in a matter of 2 weeks you will receive your ECFMG certificate which then makes you eligible for medical residency in the US. You don't need to wait one year.

However, you mentioned that you are interested in Maxillofacial Surgery, this specialty is not a medical specialty, it's a dental specialty, you have to finish dental school (DDS degree) to be eligible for Maxillofacial surgery residency. You don't need to do USMLE for that purpose.

I also recommend you check the Italy- tag link at the bottom of this thread to connect with Italian USMLE students.

Good luck

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Hi there,

Welcome to USMLE Forums.

The duration of USMLE preparation varies considerably from student to another, your post shows that you have good English so I don't think that's a barrier in your case. I would guess that one year of full dedication will get you through all the exams. However you can get more insights by looking at these polls;
Time needed for International Medical Graduates to prepare for USMLE Step 1
Time needed for IMGs to prepare for Step 2 CK

Once you pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS and in a matter of 2 weeks you will receive your ECFMG certificate which then makes you eligible for medical residency in the US. You don't need to wait one year.

However, you mentioned that you are interested in Maxillofacial Surgery, this specialty is not a medical specialty, it's a dental specialty, you have to finish dental school (DDS degree) to be eligible for Maxillofacial surgery residency. You don't need to do USMLE for that purpose.

I also recommend you check the Italy- tag link at the bottom of this thread to connect with Italian USMLE students.

Good luck

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thank you for the answer. Is my english good?? are you serious? joking aside, thank you for supporting me ....so, it will be plausible praparing the whole USMLE in 1 year, in your opinion....mmh...I strongly hope it. Instead, telling about maxillofacial residency and its affinity to dental degree, I perfectly know I have to attend the 4years dental program to be able to apply for MaxFac surgery, but if I obtain the ECFMG certificate for my Medical Degree, I can do only 4 years of the entire maxillo residency program rather of 6 year (the last 2 years are necessary to acquire medicine degree also, that allows to do some particular kinds of maxillo surgery)...are you aware of this? can you confirm it?
warm greetings
Pierluigi
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thank you for the answer. Is my english good?? are you serious? joking aside, thank you for supporting me ....so, it will be plausible praparing the whole USMLE in 1 year, in your opinion....mmh...I strongly hope it. Instead, telling about maxillofacial residency and its affinity to dental degree, I perfectly know I have to attend the 4years dental program to be able to apply for MaxFac surgery, but if I obtain the ECFMG certificate for my Medical Degree, I can do only 4 years of the entire maxillo residency program rather of 6 year (the last 2 years are necessary to acquire medicine degree also, that allows to do some particular kinds of maxillo surgery)...are you aware of this? can you confirm it?
warm greetings
Pierluigi

where are you planning on doing your dental degree? italy or US?
I have no idea how it works in the US but you are right about Italy, it would take only 4 years, same as in Austria (where I am from)
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where are you planning on doing your dental degree? italy or US?
I have no idea how it works in the US but you are right about Italy, it would take only 4 years, same as in Austria (where I am from)
Obviously, I'm thinking to take dental degree in USA, after or during the USMLE prep, because, if I graduate in an italian dental school, I will have to, again, take another certification plus, in this case, TOEFL to authenticate my italian dental degree in the USA university system. I hope I've been clear. My intention is to prepare for USMLE living in USA (once I've just taken my italian medical degree) and to attend, contemporaneously, a 4 year dental program. After that, I hope I'll be able to apply in maxillofac surgery residency program, in any american university, and I hope I can do only 4 years, considering I'll just have the title of MD at that point!...
Unfortunately, long and tortuous way in front of me!!!
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Hello i am from Bangladesh and I want to study in the IMS program in the University of Milan. Is the english program approved by USA? As in if I graduate from the IMS program will I be eligible to sit for the USMLE and gain ECFMG certicfication? Also can you please tell me how can I become eligible to sit for USMLE after graduating from a University which is not accredited by the US?
The following are the Universitites I intend to apply to :
1. International Islamic University Malaysia
2. International Medical University (Malaysia)
3. Fudan University (English Program)
4. University of Milan
Which of these Universities and the specified programs are approved by USA? Can you please answer my queries one by one. I am in a very difficult situation here :/
Thank you
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Hello i am from Bangladesh and I want to study in the IMS program in the University of Milan. Is the english program approved by USA? As in if I graduate from the IMS program will I be eligible to sit for the USMLE and gain ECFMG certicfication? Also can you please tell me how can I become eligible to sit for USMLE after graduating from a University which is not accredited by the US?
The following are the Universitites I intend to apply to :
1. International Islamic University Malaysia
2. International Medical University (Malaysia)
3. Fudan University (English Program)
4. University of Milan
Which of these Universities and the specified programs are approved by USA? Can you please answer my queries one by one. I am in a very difficult situation here :/
Thank you
Regards, Mushfique

call ecfmg 00 1 (215) 386-5900

ask them. they will answer ur these questions

and as far as fudan university is concerned
i know abt it. its in shanghai(china) , its among the best uni in china

if u do mbbs from it then for sure u will be eligible to apply for usmle step1 etc
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