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    IMG Guide to Practicing Medicine in the US from ECFMG, Residency, Licensure, Visas

    the link above says that you have to complete 1-3 years of residency or years of practice outside of the U.S. or Canada before applying for a license.

    is this true?

    if it is, wouldn't that be a huge waste of time?

    i mean, if your goal is to work in the US why do you have to leave for 1-3 years?

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    This statement is correct.
    After ECFMG certification, physicians who wish to practice medicine in the U.S. must complete an accredited residency training program in the U.S. or Canada - this process will take at least three years. The physician will have to complete a residency program regardless of the training they have received overseas.

    Years of practice outside of USA or Canada does not count toward licensure. Each State has its own board with it's own rules and regulations. Suggest you contact the State Board where you think you might want to train and practice. The vast majority require a 3 years post graduate training program.
    ERNEST C. HOLBROOK, M.D. FACS

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    Got some useful information from that website. Thanks clive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clive View Post
    the link above says that you have to complete 1-3 years of residency or years of practice outside of the U.S. or Canada before applying for a license.
    I think you misread.
    "After ECFMG certification, physicians who wish to practice medicine in the U.S. must complete an accredited residency training program in the U.S. or Canada - this process will take at least three years."

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    Hey, check the paragraph right below that one.

    It says:

    State licensure Every medical graduate must apply for a license in the state(s) in which they intend to practice. Generally, you have to complete 1-3 years of residency or years of practice outside of the U.S. or Canada before applying for a license.

    My question was with regards to that.

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    Impossible

    What they say on state licensure is simply wrong.

    "State licensure Every medical graduate must apply for a license in the state(s) in which they intend to practice. Generally, you have to complete 1-3 years of residency or years of practice outside of the U.S. or Canada before applying for a license."

    State licensing boards do not gives a rat's tail if you did residency outside the U.S. Check the FMB, ECFMG website and your local State Medical Licensing board. You must have at least 3 years of residency in an accredited residency program in the U.S. of A.

    Like Bill Oreilly would say...anything else will be ridiculous.



    Quote Originally Posted by clive View Post
    IMG Guide to Practicing Medicine in the US from ECFMG, Residency, Licensure, Visas

    the link above says that you have to complete 1-3 years of residency or years of practice outside of the U.S. or Canada before applying for a license.

    is this true?

    if it is, wouldn't that be a huge waste of time?

    i mean, if your goal is to work in the US why do you have to leave for 1-3 years?

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    Ok, so after you finish your residency you can get state licensure right away and start practicing right away?

    (By "right away" I mean within a reasonable amount of time, ie not 1-3 years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genossa maximillian View Post
    What they say on state licensure is simply wrong.

    "State licensure Every medical graduate must apply for a license in the state(s) in which they intend to practice. Generally, you have to complete 1-3 years of residency or years of practice outside of the U.S. or Canada before applying for a license."

    State licensing boards do not gives a rat's tail if you did residency outside the U.S. Check the FMB, ECFMG website and your local State Medical Licensing board. You must have at least 3 years of residency in an accredited residency program in the U.S. of A.

    Like Bill Oreilly would say...anything else will be ridiculous.
    You are right about the 3 years of residency in the US of A
    but clinicals can be done anywhere in the world per what I have seen.
    I'm Busy with clinicals and study, If you wait for a response on a thread or PM it may take a week or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clive View Post
    Ok, so after you finish your residency you can get state licensure right away and start practicing right away?

    (By "right away" I mean within a reasonable amount of time, ie not 1-3 years)
    it may take 6 months to get the License, I have friends who have said that.
    I'm Busy with clinicals and study, If you wait for a response on a thread or PM it may take a week or so.

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