Although I attended Universidad del Noreste Medical School in Tampico Iíd like to get perspective from people at UAG regarding the social service issue.
I donít see why foreign students have an obligation to provide that year of service.
I hold dual citizenship US and EU. After completing my internship in Mexico City 1992 I moved to Europe were I became a license internist. In Ď00 I came back to the States to care for my ailing mother, at this point I applied to take the USMLE, but found out that to meet the requirement for ECMFG certification Iíd had to complete the year of social service this in spite of having a license to practice medicine in the EU.
In í04 after registering for the social service I was able to get my school to sign my USMLE application. I passed both steps but was unable to complete the social service as my mothers health became a bigger concern. My mother passed away in Nov í05 and now in February Iíll start the year of social service.
Iíve learn that a Puerto Rican classed mate of mine who is now a licensed pediatrician in Ponce also would have to complete the social service if he wanted to practice in the US, in spite of already having done a year of social service in Puerto Rico and my school having recognition in Puerto Rico.
I donít see how IMG's incurred a debt with the Mexican nation; I think keeping that requirement makes Mexican schools less attractive to Americans. The US will need to increase about 30% the number of medical graduates to address the growing physician shortness, but for US medical school to increase in sizes it will take a long and expensive process.
IMHO medical schools in Mexico could be a good option to address this issue, I also think this one of the reasons Mexican schools loose out to the Caribbean schools. And fifth pathway is not the way to address this issue.