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Old 11-19-2011
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South Korea Does a PhD in Radiology help?

Hi all, I'm an IMG doing my research master's in Radiology while preparing for USMLE side by side. My prof suggested that I could switch to a combined Master's/PhD program, but that would mean an additional 2 years to the current 2 year duration. I just want to know whether it is worth the time? I'm in South Korea btw, in one of the top 3 univs here.
Or is it better if I just complete my master's and search for a research position / MPH in the US?
My preferences are only Radio or Nuclear med. Guys please help me out! Also, would MPH count as USCE?
I know that these are a lot of questions.

Thanks in advance.
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I'd say that both MS and PhD would have an equal impact on the program directors of radiology programs. This means that the additional two years would be a waste of time (for the purposes of coming to US, of course I don't mean that getting a PhD is useless).

MPH is not considered as a USCE but definitely it has a huge effect and it boosts your profile tremendously.

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Hi StepTaker, thanks a lot for your reply. My choices are Radio or Nuclear med. Yes I know it's insanely difficult for an IMG to get matched into Radio, but I'm going to try. That's why I got into the master's program anyway. My dilemmas are:
- whether to change to a combined master's/PhD or finish my master's and do a MPH in the US. I'll have chances to publish more papers if I do my PhD here, more possibilities to publish some abstracts to RSNA.
- will MPH in the US be considered as USCE?
- even if I do PhD, will I still have to do some sort of research in a US university?
Also, I'm a 2008 Oct grad, so will these compensate for my date of graduation?
Thanks again for your reply.
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