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Fellowship without Residency (Direct Fellowship)

Yes. IMGs can go to fellowship directly. There's no specific list of specialties that accept IMGs directly because all of them can do that if they wish.

The criteria needed:

You need to be ECFMG certified which means you pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS.
You need to have had some sort of residency training in your country (MD, and MBBS are usually accepted)
Some fellowship programs even require that you pass USMLE Step 3.

How to get it:

Go to the NRMP Fellowship website and look for positions that are unfilled. When you find one, start talking by (email or telephone) to the program director and see if you are eligible or not. I want to remind you that getting these unfilled position is fairly easy because these programs will be losing money and may even face closure if they don't fill their positions.

What after direct fellowship?

If you want to live or practice medicine in USA then residency is pretty much unavoidable. Because most jobs require you to be board certified and fellowship does not get you that. Therefore, you need to go retrograde into residency after you finish your fellowship in order to be board certified so that then you can practice medicine in USA.

Any advantage of direct fellowship?

One of the advantages for the direct fellowship for the IMG is that if you don't get residency then it might be easier to get fellowship so that after finishing the fellowship it might be easier for you to get the residency specially in the same hospital where you did the fellowship as the attending and the program director now know you very well and they can get you in to their residency program after finishing your fellowship (but nothing is guaranteed, this is just an assumption).
The other advantage is that some IMG folks are already practicing specialists in their countries and all they are looking for is to get further sub-specialization and then go back to their countries and in that case this route of direct fellowship is a great idea for them.
 

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Thanks a lot :)
Actually I didn't really get how is it possible to get the residency after fellowship ! I mean if I practiced pediatrics in my home country then sub specialized in USA I can take pediatrics residency again in USA?
and if I took 2 months elective in the US and didn't get the residency will it help me to get into fellowship?
 

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Yes you can do that

Thanks a lot :)
Actually I didn't really get how is it possible to get the residency after fellowship ! I mean if I practiced pediatrics in my home country then sub specialized in USA I can take pediatrics residency again in USA?
and if I took 2 months elective in the US and didn't get the residency will it help me to get into fellowship?
Yes. You can do that.
The normal route is the following:
Finish medical school in your home country --> take USMLE Steps --> Be ECFMG certified --> Get into US residency --> Take Step 3 --> Be board eligible --> Take board examination --> Be board certified --> Get a job or go into sub-specialty fellowship.
But you can also do this (Retrograde Residency):
Finish medical school and residency training in your country --> take USMLE steps --> Be ECFMG certified --> Get into fellowship --> Get into residency --> Be board certified --> Get a job in USA.

The advantage of the second route, is that if you fail to get into residency you maybe able to get into fellowship (as it's easier as I explained earlier). By the time you finished fellowship you have built good connections with the people in the hospital where you did your fellowship and these people can help you get into their residency program in the same hospital or talk to other people in other hospitals to push you into a residency program.
 

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Can I do ACGME Cardiology/GI fellowships then apply for IM residency!?
I wonder why many Residency graduates don't get into fellowships even they had connections in the Residency program itself!!

Dear Sabio explain please!! So I can get the fellowships of the competitive specialities & get Residency after then!!..e.g: CT Surgery>>> General Surgery ? Nuclear Medicine>>>> Diagnostic Radiology ??!!
Spince Surgery>>>>>> Ortho or Neurosurg

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Edit: I checked Freida too, every Sub Fellowship requires previous Graduate medical education (Residency)
 

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:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Can I do ACGME Cardiology/GI fellowships then apply for IM residency!?
I wonder why many Residency graduates don't get into fellowships even they had connections in the Residency program itself!!

Dear Sabio explain please!! So I can get the fellowships of the competitive specialities & get Residency after then!!..e.g: CT Surgery>>> General Surgery ? Nuclear Medicine>>>> Diagnostic Radiology ??!!
Spince Surgery>>>>>> Ortho or Neurosurg

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Edit: I checked Freida too, every Sub Fellowship require previous Graduate medical education (Residency)
A competitive residency will stay competitive residency even if you do a fellowship before. As I mentioned earlier there's no guarantee that you'll get categorical surgical residency just because you did a fellowship before it.

Why people do not get residency after fellowship? the same answer, there's no guarantee, they just accepted you in fellowship to fill their unfilled gap but they don't have that problem in residency, all their residency positions are filled easily.

FRAIDA website! As I told you, the issue of getting into fellowship is kinda unofficial between you and the program director and not through the NRMP match.

GI Fellowship then IM Residency! GI and cardio fellowships are very competitive and usually there are no unfilled position so you can't do it.
 

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Board certification possible with fellowship

iF YOU DO 4 YEARS OF FELLOWSHIP IN A HOSPITAL or, 1year fellowship + 3 year faculty staff in the same hospital, then you become board eligible. It's for radiology, don't know about other streams
 

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I am new in this forum......I am a radiologist(IMG) and i want to apply for fellowship in USA but they wanted me to pass USMLE...I dont know Where I should start ......can i start by step 2 then go to step 1
What do u recommend?
 

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Thank you....
If i can get ECFMG certification then how shouold i apply for fellowship or residency ? formal matching or ....?
would u please tell me what should i do step by step ?
i requested information from one of universities but the answer confused me more....here is their answer:
In order to be eligible for our fellowship, one must meet the following requirements.
Graduates of international medical schools must possess a valid ECFMG certificate, pass USMLE III, and complete two years of ACGME residency. They must be licensed by the first day of their fourth year of residency. IMGs seeking ACGME training at levels prior to their 4th year must provide a valid Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter from the Medical Board of California. Please see www.medbd.ca.gov for more information. IMGs must hold a valid ECFMG certificate to qualify for the Authorization Training Letter and a CA MD License.
 

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what are the most available fellowships?

With the least competition and if I want to make IM residency afterwards
and that's really my goal
 

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fellowship in pathology

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is the fellowship in patho easy or difficult for IMG to get?:confused:
if anyone know regarding this ,pls reply..
thanks
 

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Fellowship without residency

how much duration does it take to be a board certified specialist after fellowship(3 years)---> Residency(??Years). Do we also get a shorter residency or we have to complete the usual 4 year residency?
 

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can i do fellowship without residency?i have just basic medical education .i mean MBBS.with no residency training.plz reply
 

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Dermatology fellowship without residency for IMG

Hi all,
I am IMG and have done my Derm residency in India. I wish to join a fellowship in lasers/cosmetology without doing a derm residency here (which I know is next to impossible to get for IMG's). Is it possible?
I plan to go back to India after the fellowship. Can anyone give me advice how to go about it. I have not given my USMLE but plan to give it if it is a requirement for a good fellowship.
Please help:)
 

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Accredited fellowship

Hi all. I am planning to enter fellowship in craniofacial surgery. My question is can i get a state licence if I accumilate 2-3 years of accredited fellowship training? or it has to be only residency. please reply ASAP as I am at a point of choosing accredited vs non accredited. thank you.
 

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hi

hi,
my question is about post doctoral fellowship,
is this the same as 'fellowship' you said?because i ve heared some people enter postdoctoral fellowship(in radiology)without doing residenty before that.
and i also need to know if they can work as radiologist in USA by doing that?
thanks
 

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You cannt manage patients untill u r board certified

hi,
my question is about post doctoral fellowship,
is this the same as 'fellowship' you said?because i ve heared some people enter postdoctoral fellowship(in radiology)without doing residenty before that.
and i also need to know if they can work as radiologist in USA by doing that?
thanks
U have to match in residency and also finish it
So u can be an independent doctor in usa
Direct fellowship will help u in two ways
U can return to ur country after having good experience and certificate
U can apply for residency specially in the same hospotial and with connectioms
 
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