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    How many hours a week would you expect to work during a Czech residency?

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    It could be 4-5 years but it usually varies. Residency programs are usually long in Europe unlike in the US but the working hours are short (this is quite opposite in the US, Canada, Australia and a few other countries).

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    most residencies in the US are around 5 years as well. Well except maybe for things like family medicine which IIRC is 3 years in North America. I don't see how the European residencies are shorter in terms of the years involved.

    I am curious about one thing though, If you do a residency in Europe, how employable are you in the English speaking countries and what hoops do you have to jump through? Would you still have to do USMLE to work in the States even if you have good European credentials and expierience as say a Surgeon or Pathologist after residency?

    I only bring this up hypothetically, As it could be a workaround to get into your competitive residency of choice as an IMG....... (For those willing to stay outside of their home country for over a decade anyway)

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    The OP was asking about hours per week, not the actual length of residency. From my observation of residents here in SE Europe, the hours are shorter. How much shorter probably depends on the program (and the resident)... not to mention the country.

    Yes, eternalstudent, ALL foreign doctors must pass the USMLE Steps AND complete residency in the US, even if they are fully credentialed elsewhere. That does mean repeating residency. In some cases an experienced physician might be granted an exemption from the internship year, but that's about it.

    You might be employable in other English-speaking countries (I presume you mean the UK, here), but without an EU passport it is getting difficult (read: nearly impossible) for a foreign doc to get hired in the UK. Of course, there is also Canada... which is even harder for FMGs than the States.

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    I think Shrey was refering to both residency lenght in years and hours per week

    Residency programs are usually long in Europe unlike in the US but the working hours are short
    It seems you spend more time in Europe but at more relaxed pace, whereas in the US you do it quickly by pulling 12h work days. Personally I'd rather just get it over with, but if the residency in Europe lasts 5 years it's not exactly longer than the average US residency

    I have an EU passport so working in the UK is still an option for me, hence I'm not that worried about employment. Eventually you will score a residency somewhere if you work hard enough (Even if it's not your first choice of specialty).

    How are Australia and New Zealand on the difficulty scale for getting residency? No one ever talks about them but they're still 2 out of the 6-7 major english speaking countries and hence worth considering? How would they compare to a place like Canada which I know is insanely difficult to get back to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eternalstudent View Post
    I think Shrey was refering to both residency lenght in years and hours per week



    It seems you spend more time in Europe but at more relaxed pace, whereas in the US you do it quickly by pulling 12h work days. Personally I'd rather just get it over with, but if the residency in Europe lasts 5 years it's not exactly longer than the average US residency

    I have an EU passport so working in the UK is still an option for me, hence I'm not that worried about employment. Eventually you will score a residency somewhere if you work hard enough (Even if it's not your first choice of specialty).

    How are Australia and New Zealand on the difficulty scale for getting residency? No one ever talks about them but they're still 2 out of the 6-7 major english speaking countries and hence worth considering? How would they compare to a place like Canada which I know is insanely difficult to get back to?
    I'm sorry becaues I don't think I was clear. Residency programs in Europe do differ from country to country although the working hours are much shorter than those of the US. When I said that the residency programs usually last 4-5 hours, I was referring to the normal residency programs like Family medicine and Internal medicine. These residencies in the US usually last about 3 years. The surgical residencies on the other hand are much longer in the US (usually about 5-7 years) as well as Europe (about 6-8 years).

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