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    hello,
    i am a 23 yo medical student here in trujillo peru...and i just have one year left to finish my career and i am prepaing for taking the boards...i am interested in family practice , my questions are as follows:

    1.- what is the best way you suggest me to prepare for the boards and how long is it supposed to take me? i am really keen to improve and i am able to spend long hours bacause i really wanna get good scores....

    2.- what are the scores ( minimum and average) that i have to get in the boards in order to have a reasonable chance of getting a spot in family practice?

    3.- after the residency ...what are the possibilities i have to stay in the united states and get a job as a family practitioner ...would i be able to get a job in the states ?

    4.- do u get paid in your residency? hows the payment as a family practitioner? ( some told me that a family practitioner earns about 3000 dollares a month...that is not much taking into account all the effort it takes to get through the boards

    thank you
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    Roger
    just wanna ace the USMLE 1 ..lol just that...
    hope you help me...
    need you all...

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    The amount of time needed to study for the boards varies. Some people need a few weeks, and some people take review courses. I think the review courses are a good idea for some, especially a person like you who is a few years away from your basic sciences. look at Kaplan, and the other one's out there.

    FP is very easy to get. You will only need to pass the boards to get a residency in FP. If you want a more competitve University program you will need to do better, of course. During residency you make somewhere around $35,000. can be more or less depending on where you go.

    There are lots of jobs for IMGs in FP in the US. I assume you speak spanish?? That should help a lot. You will likely come to residency on a J-1 or H-1 visa. I believe the H-1 to be better as it is a work visa (??). Even if you come on a J-1 there are J-1 waver jobs (with a J-1 you have to leave the US for 3 years before returning to work once you are done your residency) where you will work in an underserved area for a couple years. Pay isn't great fo these jobs, but it lets you stay in the US and work, and you can get a green card afterward. I think pay is around 75-80K for these jobs. Once you have a green card you should find a job in the $90K + per year range. Pay is much more than $3000 per month. Good luck to you. G
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    thank you teratos

    thank you teratos...you always give the right answer thats why i like this forum so much!! and yes...i speak spanish....let me tell you : eres uno de los mejores moderadores de este forum...
    ok...i dont know if all you said is true...some told me that as a peruvian IMG even when you get good board scores you always get troubles trying to find a residencie...hope no
    are there any other more competitive residencies a peruvian IMG can find if he gets better board scores ( i mean...specialties where theres ENOUGH JOBS to work in the united states..cause what i do if a finish residencie and i dont get a job in the specialty i did?
    bye
    roger
    thanks again
    just wanna ace the USMLE 1 ..lol just that...
    hope you help me...
    need you all...

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