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    iheartmed is offline Newbie 510 points
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    I just received an acceptance for the GEP from UCC and would love to go. I would like to come home to Canada for residency after school but am realistic about not being able to match into a specialty. I would also like to enter the US match (on an H1B) and am married to an Irish citizen so will be able to obtain my Irish citizenship and stay there for residency if need be.

    It seems to be a very complicated process to enter the match in all 3 countries so I was hoping somebody could double check my time line.

    Year 1 Aug. 24/09 to July 3/10
    Spend this summer studying for USMLE 1 and MCCEE

    Year 2 Sept. 1/10 to July 3/11
    Write the USMLE 1 and MCCEE at the end of summer 2011

    Year 3 Sept. 1/11 to May/12
    Write the USMLE 2 CS and CK and try to get as many rotations in Canada and the US as possible completed.

    Year 4 Sept. 1/12 to May/13
    Try to do all rotations without any major breaks so all are completed by November. Get ECFMG cert., write USMLE 3 and MCCQE 1 and enter US and Canadian match. Will graduate by the end of May and should have an internship spot in Ireland if I don't match in Canada/US.

    I guess my main question is whether Cork will issue your diploma any earlier than the end of May if all rotations are done so you may enter the US match and be eligible for an H1B without losing a year?


    Thank you.

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    medstudent2150 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    The MCCEE is much more similar to the Step 2 than Step 1 so if I were you I'd concentrate on nailing the Step 1 and then prepare for both the MCCEE and Step 2

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    TheSpiritOfTruth is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    I would like to come home to Canada for residency after school but am realistic about not being able to match into a specialty.
    I'd suggest that you should study in the place you'd like to work - it makes everything a lot easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    I would also like to enter the US match (on an H1B)
    You may want to ask more about this topic in an area of the forums that have more experience with H1B. I've got no idea about how difficult/expensive that might be.

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    and am married to an Irish citizen so will be able to obtain my Irish citizenship and stay there for residency if need be.
    This sounds promising... but if you want to go to Canada in the end (and I assume your partner is fine with that) then why not get them to move to Canada for your Med Schooling?


    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    Year 1 Aug. 24/09 to July 3/10
    Spend this summer studying for USMLE 1 and MCCEE
    The studying for the USMLE Step 1 is a good idea, but you need to be realistic about how much time during the academic year that you'd be able to spend studying for that... I'd guess that you'd like to visit Canada outside term times, which may not be the most conducive place to study (being on vacation)

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    Year 2 Sept. 1/10 to July 3/11
    Write the USMLE 1 and MCCEE at the end of summer 2011
    Assuming that you can study enough during your first two years, this doesn't sound bad... I think many medical students in the US would take the step 1 after their 2nd year. But remember that they may have better study support networks in place. I'm afraid I don't know what it's like in Ireland (and it may be considerably better than the UK) but you might want to ask around here to see if groups at UCC get together for USMLE studying....

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    Year 3 Sept. 1/11 to May/12
    Write the USMLE 2 CS and CK and try to get as many rotations in Canada and the US as possible completed.
    Again, I don't know what it's like in UCC, but in the UK, students get one elective period which is about 3 months. I'm not sure how many rotations you'd get to do in the US or Canada. The same goes for Step 2 as I said for Step 1 in terms of support and time.

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    Year 4 Sept. 1/12 to May/13
    Try to do all rotations without any major breaks so all are completed by November. Get ECFMG cert., write USMLE 3 and MCCQE 1 and enter US and Canadian match. Will graduate by the end of May and should have an internship spot in Ireland if I don't match in Canada/US.
    Is Step 3 necessary at this stage?

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartmed View Post
    I guess my main question is whether Cork will issue your diploma any earlier than the end of May if all rotations are done so you may enter the US match and be eligible for an H1B without losing a year?
    In order to get into the US for the end of your studies, you'd have to apply to the match at the beginning of this academic year. The system opens in Sept, most hospitals close applications in November/December and interviews take place after that for jobs starting that June(?)... but I guess what you're asking about is the H1B.... which I would have thought is more dependent on the job you're going to than the paperwork from UCC (which is obviously not irrelevant). You might want to ask more about the H1B section in some other places in the forum....

    Good luck!!

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