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    Licensure in US

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    I am seriously considering going to Australia for my medical education. One big question that I have is upon finishing my degree, will I be able to practice in all 50 States without having difficulties in obtaining a medical license? In tough states like California, New York, and Texas, would an degree from an Australian medical school present a problem?

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    I actually got in contact with a distant relative in Australia, let's say I finish medical school in Australia and my cousin sponsors me to stay in the country. Will I be able to be employed as a doctor in Australia? What the are the salaries for a practicing physician in Australia? For a GP or Family Doctor? A specialist?

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    ValueMD and SDN both have many threads on this topic. Search for posts under my name (flindophile on SDN) or those by redshifteffect and you will find pleny of info.

    Like most countries, Australia has been quite protective of its physicians and it is difficult to practice in Australia. Until recently, physicians were given no special status with respect to immigration. Things seem to be loosening up a bit and people are being allowed to stay for internships after graduation. In the past, it has been very difficult to stay in Australia but this may be changing.

    While Australian physicians earn a good income, I don't think Australian physicians earn as much as US physicians. You will particularly feel the difference if you plan on returning to the US at some point. You will probably earn less than your American counterpart (in nominal dollars), be taxed more heavily (47% top rate), and face the exchange rate when you convert your Australian dollars back to US dollars. Thus, it is difficult to save US dollars while working in Australia.

    Also be aware that residency training in Australia does not count in the US and vice versa. Thus, the licensing regulations combined with the financial realities make it difficult to practice in Australia for a short period. You will pay a steep financial price if you complete residency in Australia, practice for a few years and then decide to return to the US. In essense, you need to make a choice: US or Australia.

    That said, Australia is a wonderful place to live and you a physician can live a good lifestyle here. I am considering settling here. Just be aware that it is difficult to move back and forth between countries.
    DrB is right it's becoming a lot easier to stay here now a days. You won't be able to get ur relatives to sponsor u though since they are "distant" but u can sponsor urself...

    However if u go to a 4 year school this will be very difficult...and it will not be easy to get a residency here...for reasons i have explained in other posts the best way to stay (currently) is the 5-6 year undergrad programs.

    Also if u plan on returning to the USA the exchange rate may mean u will be disadvantaged in comparison to a US doc...and on top of this ur residency in australia will not be counted in the US but a US residency will not be counted in Australia either.

    So before u make a choice pick one option and stick to it...it's difficult to have both.

    Best of luck.

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    Marriage

    What if I get married to an Australian woman? I heard Australian ladies are easy . At least that's what my cousins say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeMD2B
    What if I get married to an Australian woman? I heard Australian ladies are easy . At least that's what my cousins say.
    hahaha
    not that i'm suggesting u do this..but yeah automatic PR.

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    Perhaps, but not as "automatic" as pulling it in the US. DIMA is on to it. They are interested in the length of your relationship, etc. Definitley counts as a positive, though. Currently, so easy to get in with employer sponsorship, why bother. For grads of Oz schools, do a year of internship, agree to a further 2 years of employment in that hospital network in return for sponsorship --> get permanent residency. All factors point to it getting even easier in the near term. Conditions may change though -- goes through cycles of tightening and loosening depending on workforce/population demands and whims of the bureaucrats.

    Quote Originally Posted by redshifteffectz
    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeMD2B
    What if I get married to an Australian woman? I heard Australian ladies are easy . At least that's what my cousins say.
    hahaha
    not that i'm suggesting u do this..but yeah automatic PR.

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    Also based on the whims of Howard. i think he's kissing but big time so he can win the upcoming elections...

    He's put docs back on the skilled occupations list which is good for everyone, but at the same time raised the points needed to stay from 115 to 120 making it almost a requirement for doing education in a rural area or at least applying from one (unless you can get the 5 points another way).

    Still it's now a lot easier for docs to stay, and i hope it stays this way in the future.

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    Not Just Points

    There's a whole immigration broker business. Wheel greasing. $$$ Pretty much taken for granted.

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