Well I kinda disagree with that idea...I think that is EXACTLY the person who should come to an offshore school...of they should be well aware about their chances and the real risks of not matching and not being able to practice in the US...it was the question that was the uppermost in my mind when I was deciding on whether to go off shore...AT THE TIME...AND THIS IS KEY...it seemed that I had a pretty good chance of getting what I wanted in terms of specialty (and realize I was thinking ob/gyn at the time) even if I had to be less choosy about WHERE I trained...hence my decision to go foreign MD...I would have to say its a different ball game today...for those currently in med school, it sucks that such a shift has occure while theyare in school but they just have to try and hope for the best...but for those contemplating going in NOW? be damn sure you are willing to do this KNOWING that there could be a good chance you don't match on the 1st try, that you may have to do something like research or a prelim yr to get the chance to get a residency or even, worse case scenario...you don't get a residency ever.
Originally Posted by Phrenetic
BUT the silver lining is something that axiom alluded to...once you ARE a honest to god physician, licensed to practice, you are not considered a 2nd or 3rd class citizen...those differences DO melt away...your collegues aren't going to care where you went to school, they just want to know you are someone they can work with...willing to do consults, admit their pts, willing to consult them, etc., your staff isn't going to care where you went to school, they want to know that you answer their pages, follow up on concerns, and talk to your pts and their families...you pts are not gonna care where you went to school...they want to know you care about how they are doing, that you explain things to them and their families, and that you are doing what you need to do to make them better...problem is that you have to be a resident before you get to be an attending...
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