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    Could any1 tell me about med system in USA

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    Hi. As I posted in last threads I want to be a licensed surgeon in USA but I don't know what and how to do. *Could any1 tell how long will it take to realize my dream. And of course how much will it cost for me. by the way I've got another option: firs finish turkish med school and then go to a USA for further studies.*

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    It is impossible to state with accuracy whether you would be able to make that happen, or how long it would take.

    Attending medical school overseas (6 years + residency): You need to finish medical school, pass (with a very high score) all of the necessary USMLE Steps (1, 2CS, 2CK), get US clinical experience in surgery, apply to the US Match, be selected for interviews, and match into a surgery residency. Surgery is a competitive residency, so your chances as a non-American citizen are rather small, and because you would need a visa they are even smaller. That is not to say that it cannot happen, but it is an uphill battle.

    Attending medical school in the US (8 years + residency): This is almost impossible for a non-citizen. For one thing, you need to complete a 4-year university degree with near-perfect grades, high scores on the MCAT admissions examination, and outstanding letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities. Even if you accomplish this, you will be unlikely to be accepted to a US medical school as a non-citizen. Finally, I hope that you are independently wealthy, because the cost of US medical school is usually between $100,000 and $400,000, not including the cost of living or the cost of the 4-year undergraduate university degree.

    Residency (5 years): If you get matched into a residency, then you will receive a salary during your 5-years of graduate medical training. This currently starts around $40-to-$45,000 and goes up a bit each year until you finish training.

    However, since you are not yet in medical school, note that this is subject to change over the coming decade or so.
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    DD now I understand how the Amercians feel frustrated about non-US citizens that see USA as a big 5-layer wedding cake! Its simply disgusting to see someone fingering the cream of the cake, your society produced with sweat, and perceiving all you do as only a piece of tool!

    You know too that we can share, we can cooperate, and of course we dont have to pay for it, or we dont owe anything, as long as we have good moral quality and character, as personally you represent very well.. because of this reason the doors are always open to kind of people like you, and not to the ones that are eager to use Turks, or other peoples of other countries!

    Character is the first thing in medicine.. all other technical specifications come later.

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    US medical schools are very pricey but that's because compensation level of graduates, law school are also expensive but teaching colleges are relatively cheap. I know many doctors who have foreign education and practice it the US. It take a lot of guts to get to this stage and quite a few don't ever make it. Let's be honest, who'd like to start career at age 35-40. It's possible but prep for blood, sweat and tears ... if there is no real passion behind your desire I'd pass

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