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    Hey I'll be applying next year and I was wondering if there are plenty of residencies for AUA. Do most people get them? Internal medicine isn't hard to get is it? It's what I'd like to do. Also I can never get a straight answer about practicing in Texas. I'm from Texas and I dont' believe the medical board has a list like California. Is it possible to get a license there? If not What about practicing in New York, Florida, or Tennessee, those are really the only other places I could see myself living. An would you say AUA is a good investment if you want to become a doctor?

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    Hey I'll be applying next year and I was wondering if there are plenty of residencies for AUA.

    Hi. There are no residencies specifically reserved for AUA graduates if that's what you're asking.

    Do most people get them?

    I don't know, but I hope so.

    Internal medicine isn't hard to get is it?

    'Hard' is such a relative term. Internal medicine is one of the easier residencies to secure. Family medicine is likely a bit easier.

    It's what I'd like to do.

    Congratulations.

    Also I can never get a straight answer about practicing in Texas.

    FMGs are granted licenses in the state of Texas on a "case-by-case" basis. You would have to go before the medical board, plead your case, and hopefully they'll be nice enough to let you practice in their great state.

    I'm from Texas and I dont' believe the medical board has a list like California.

    You are correct in your assumption.

    Is it possible to get a license there?

    Yes, see above.

    If not What about practicing in New York, Florida, or Tennessee, those are really the only other places I could see myself living.

    This is an interesting list. I wonder why these are the only American states where you would be willing to live? Obviously you've never lived or spent a considerable amount of time outside of the US before (specifically in a 2nd world, borderline 3rd world country).

    An would you say AUA is a good investment if you want to become a doctor?

    That depends on what your definition of 'good investment' is. It's really expensive and only getting more expensive, but if it gives you the opportunity to "live your dream," how could it not be considered a good investment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkie View Post
    Hey I'll be applying next year and I was wondering if there are plenty of residencies for AUA.

    Hi. There are no residencies specifically reserved for AUA graduates if that's what you're asking.

    Do most people get them?

    I don't know, but I hope so.

    Internal medicine isn't hard to get is it?

    'Hard' is such a relative term. Internal medicine is one of the easier residencies to secure. Family medicine is likely a bit easier.

    It's what I'd like to do.

    Congratulations.

    Also I can never get a straight answer about practicing in Texas.

    FMGs are granted licenses in the state of Texas on a "case-by-case" basis. You would have to go before the medical board, plead your case, and hopefully they'll be nice enough to let you practice in their great state.

    I'm from Texas and I dont' believe the medical board has a list like California.

    You are correct in your assumption.

    Is it possible to get a license there?

    Yes, see above.

    If not What about practicing in New York, Florida, or Tennessee, those are really the only other places I could see myself living.

    This is an interesting list. I wonder why these are the only American states where you would be willing to live? Obviously you've never lived or spent a considerable amount of time outside of the US before (specifically in a 2nd world, borderline 3rd world country).

    An would you say AUA is a good investment if you want to become a doctor?

    That depends on what your definition of 'good investment' is. It's really expensive and only getting more expensive, but if it gives you the opportunity to "live your dream," how could it not be considered a good investment?
    Thanks for the reply and answering my questions. I lived in quite a few states, but Ive always felt comfortable in Tennesse and Florida. Nashville is awesome and I love the music vibe of the city and some parts of Florida remind my of when I used to live in Hawaii but without being so far away. And New York, is well New York and I think would be a great place for a young doctor. But I'd definitely like to stay in Texas and be close to my family.

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    Don't count on Texas giving you a license. You might get lucky, but medicine in the US is a cartel, and they will do anything they can to keep it that way, which means that they will do anything they can to keep any foreign grad they can from practicing in any jurisdiction they can. Every card is stacked against you as a foreign grad. The good ole' boy's club is not currently accepting new members.
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    sooooo true
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    Damn whatever happened to being a doctor and helping people. I mean this is ridiculous, AUA is a good school and it qualifies you to practice medicine. Why limit someone that has the qualifications? Theres such a shortage of doctors you'd think they would be welcoming qualified FMG's with open arms. I come from a small town in Texas and I see the desperate need for doctors and healthcare. I thinks its unethical to deny someone based on what school they come from. I think if you have good grades in med school and have good USMLE scores, and are a competent doctor, they should let you do what you want. I mean come on, your taking the same exams as US med grads? I guess I'm just confused by the whole system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider_01 View Post
    I guess I'm just confused by the whole system.
    No, you just feel a need to interject logic into the equation. Remember, several of the state med boards subscribe to the AUA motto, 'Thinking Weakens the Team'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgilbert63 View Post
    No, you just feel a need to interject logic into the equation. Remember, several of the state med boards subscribe to the AUA motto, 'Thinking Weakens the Team'.
    LOL!

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    Hey RedRaider, I don't know if this will help or not but here is a link for UT Southwestern Foreign Grad Residency requirements for internal medicine
    Internal Medicine Residency: How to Apply for International Students

    You have to keep in mind that this school was started just a few years back, so there are a very short amount of residents from our school out there. I think there are a total of 9 or so who were the first graduating class.

    But if anyone's interested I just googled American University of Antigua and Resident to find where those people are...
    Family Medicine Residency Program - First Year Residents
    York Hospital Graduate Medical Education - Current Residents
    Current Residents

    This is legit, there are residency matches-you better just grind and study and hope you get a really good USMLE score in which this school really prepares you with Shelf Exams and the Composite Shelf before you leave the island.

    Best of luck!!

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    Do well on your exams, get good letters by asking all the attendings you know you impressed ( the more the better and more options). Start getting preparing by getting information on the hospitals that you are interesting in. Try if possible to visit by doing an externship and if not possible calling and explain you would like to visit. Check the list of current resident to see your chances but dont let it deter you from applying.

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