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    Cheeze_whiZ is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Hi
    Apologies if this is the wrong place to post this, I need some straight forward advice. I attended MUA from 2015 to 2016, completed basic science, good grades no academic issues. DID NOT write step. After that I had severe financial issues and I had to stop medical school. It is now almost 2 years later and I finally have the funding required to continue, but naturally I'll have to transfer to a new school, along with credits and have them sponsor me to write step 1 and move on with clinical rotations.

    My question is should I even bother continuing? I imagine the schools I'd apply for are pretty low end, since those are the ones I can afford. So between transferring down and a large time gap, I feel that may be too many red flags for when I proceed to do the 2019 or 2020 match. My projected step 1 score is around 230 give or take 5 points, all my grades are A's, and I am aiming for family. Also just as a note, I withdrew after a financial leave of absence, I was not dismissed.

    All my friends in Caribbean schools are encouraging me but I need some frank opinions, thanks
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    Well, your red flags are financial, not academic. With that said, it is certainly a risk in the current environment. You could finish med school and match (wanting FM is good in that regard), or there is always the possibility that you might not match... you did not mention your citizenship status, etc., which would also certainly play a role.

    Regardless, the one (and only) thing I can guarantee you is this: If you do NOT return and complete medical school, then you will never work as a doctor. The answer to this question hinges upon whether or not you are able to wrestle with an uncertain outcome in the hopes of continuing your academic success and reaching that goal, or whether you are not. There are no guarantees.

    I wish you well, and I wish you success whichever path you choose.

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    I second Devildoc8404's comments. In addition, I would like to add that although obtaining a degree in medicine, whether it be a US or foreign medical school, is a notable and commendable achievement. My concern is you have to consider the pros and cons of such an endeavor. Apparently, the biggest concern is cost, debt and the ability to get a return on your investment. If you want to practice in the USA, high USMLE scores are certainly important but still no guarantees for securing a residency. If you want to practice elsewhere in the world, look at reputable schools that lead to a license as a Physician and Surgeon in numerous countries including the one you will be pursuing your degree. I say that because you would be surprised at how many Caribbean countries have medical schools that won't even allow their graduates to obtain a residency and practice in the country they studied.

    Personally, if you want to practice in the USA, go to a US school. If you want to practice in Canada then go to a Canadian school, Ireland then Irish school, etc. Citizenship, Visas, etc. will all play a factor as well!

    If you are a US citizen, explore all your options in this country. For example, unable to get accepted to a stateside medical school, consider a Puerto Rican medical school. Puerto Rico is a US territory and graduation from a school in PR, makes you a US graduate. Other options include US DO schools. Also, consider other US schools in programs such as Dentistry. I knew a Dentist who continued in a fellowship as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgery folllowed by Anesthesia, and did very well! I also knew of a gentleman who studied Podiatry and is a successful Podiatric surgeon. Optometrist, Audiologist, Pharmacist, etc. are also challenging and rewarding careers.

    Finally, I met a FMG that was unable to get a residency and decided to go to PA school. Upon graduation obtained a Critical area job from government that pays a portion of student loans back each year.

    My point is, if you ultimately have $300K in debt and no way to pay it off, this leads to severe depression! I've seen it in numerous IMG/FMG graduates with a close associate of mine sadly, ending his life. Perhaps thats why I feel obligated to say DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

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    Thanks for your input guys, sorry I should have clarified. MUA is a Caribbean medical school certified across all the states including California. I am Canadian and I may marry an american in the near future. Quite frankly, I want it badly, but not badly enough to make a really dumb gamble. I'll take a look at all my options first before trying to jump into another Caribbean medical school.

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