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    Hi all,

    I am currently at a crossroads now, trying to decide about going abroad to Italy for medical school (The Humanitas program at the University of Milano is what I really like). I have graduated with a B.S. in my home country, America, last May but due to a poor MCAT score and chemistry pre-req grades, I decided to take a year to redo my chemistry courses and eventually the MCAT. However, due to financial reasons, it seems I am going to need to work and pause my studies. With this being said, I've been looking into alternative routes (I am in no way saying there is an "easy route" to be a doctor.. quite the opposite). But I believe going to Italy, if accepted would be good for me, as the program I like seems good, I don't have to wait as long to enter, the tuition is lower, and I greatly desire to improve my Italian (along with personal reasons).
    So would any American international medical graduates mind sharing how they were able to achieve residency in America, when they took their USMLE Step exams, and any advice? You can PM me if you prefer. I would really, really appreciate some insight because I have been thinking hard about this for a while, my head hurts !


    Thank you!

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    Holyravioli hi,

    I am not an American and the person to give the reply you wanted. Only because I have read this thread, I wanted to share it with you too. Though its of 2005, but medicine system doesnt change that fast in a country:
    Study medicine in ITaly | Europe | Student Doctor Network

    More important than that, ECFMG, the organization that has to approve you first for eligibility to have residency and to work in US, doesnt have anybody from Italy, not even one single human being:
    ECFMG | Resources: Data - ECFMG Certification
    In the list of countries, you can see that neither an Italian, nor anybody else from an Italian med school is not found eligible to be recognized as an MD in US, let alone to find a residency. Syria, Myanmar, Ethiopia takes place and Italy not. This gives me a clue.

    Just for your information..

    edit: In ECFMG list of countries, Italy may only be taking place among some other countries all together in the line, "Countries with fewer than 50 recipients", but may not be taking place in that pool at all.

    Holyravioli, many E-EU med schools have medicine programs in English and you can get loan as well. There are some of them here(there are many others as well, those are the ones I have researched for myself):
    http://medical-schools.blogspot.com/
    (there are some others in the next page)

    The bests are Jagiellonian/Poland (if you look at the numbers of ECFMG, Poland has a pretty good number), Charles 1st Faculty/Czech Rep. and Semmelweis/Hungary.. and there are other good options as well, but I would pick one of them(Jag ) for myself.

    If you love Italian and Italy, with your EU licence you can go and work there, as well as US. But with a licence of an Italian med school, from a distance, it doesnt look easy (or likely!) to turn back US and work as an MD.
    Last edited by bidiboom; 12-18-2011 at 06:45 AM.

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    By the way, if you want to live with Italian culture, cuisine etc. I believe those international schools will be open for leading personalities in creating culture or cuisine student clubs. This may be even more tasteful for you to set up an Italian Cuisine Club, for instance, in an international school and prepare special events smelling all Italian

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    Hi bibiboom,

    I just wanted to say thank you very much for your advice and information that you have given me on this site, as it has been helpful. I never really thought about going to another EU medical school and then returning to Italy, so thanks for this idea. It definitely is something for me to consider now. The cultural club idea is also pretty good

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    You're welcome In whichever way you choose, I wish you the best.. please share with us your questions or developments, in Italy or anywhere else.. I would love to hear that you are happy with your choice
    Last edited by bidiboom; 12-20-2011 at 04:59 AM.

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    cool experience man

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