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    i dont understand this

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    my uncle who is a doctor who went to medical school in pakistan...was telling me that we have a family friend who went to unibe and then did his residency in chicago and is now practicing in california


    now all the ppl here love to talk about california this california that..and i told my uncle thats what people online say so how did my family friend get to practice in california

    my uncle says to me that it doesnt matter about the approval...as long as the world health organization recognizes the school you can practice anywhere you want to...now what he told me is really different then what everyone here tells me...i was thinking about it for a second and i guess it makes sense to me...because in pakistan there are 8 medical schools...they are all accredited i guess you could say...but i couldnt imagine anyone from california going there and visiting the campus...and when you look at all the older doctors from all countries...it makes sense to me

    now my question is...who is right and who is wrong...and to the ppl who say study harder and go to the big 4...well yea those 4 schools are an obvious first choice but if a first choice doesnt work out you have to have a back up

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    Quote Originally Posted by trb_5 View Post
    my uncle who is a doctor who went to medical school in pakistan...was telling me that we have a family friend who went to unibe and then did his residency in chicago and is now practicing in california


    now all the ppl here love to talk about california this california that..and i told my uncle thats what people online say so how did my family friend get to practice in california

    my uncle says to me that it doesnt matter about the approval...as long as the world health organization recognizes the school you can practice anywhere you want to...now what he told me is really different then what everyone here tells me...i was thinking about it for a second and i guess it makes sense to me...because in pakistan there are 8 medical schools...they are all accredited i guess you could say...but i couldnt imagine anyone from california going there and visiting the campus...and when you look at all the older doctors from all countries...it makes sense to me

    now my question is...who is right and who is wrong...and to the ppl who say study harder and go to the big 4...well yea those 4 schools are an obvious first choice but if a first choice doesnt work out you have to have a back up
    My back up to the big 4 would be other schools that give you 50 states. UAG in mexico is an example, sackler in israel. I think schools that dont offer this provide an unneccesary risk. I also think that if you dont have the stats to go to the big 4 you need to try again on the MCAT/post bacc. Honestly, it isnt that hard to get into one of these schools.

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    i highly highly doubt an israel medical school will accept a muslim student....but thats just me

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    I think what really comes down to is, where you had your clinical rotation.

    If a school is located in country A, and if it provides clinical rotation in country A, then there is no need for site visit from california medical board. Because then it would the school would be considered as domestic medical school.

    For example, my dad went to a medical school in Korea. When i looked it up the school he went to was approved by CMB. Did CBM actually send a team to check out the school? NO. It's probably because it's a domestic medical school mostly catering domestic students.

    So, in a way your uncle is right. That's what most TRUE FMGs know. Because they don't know anything about licensing issues.

    Anyone correct me if i am wrong.

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    that makes sense...so my next question obviously is this...since carribean schools do rotations here its a different system then schools in other countries which means it doesnt follow the same guidelines?

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    For Caribbean medical schools, it would be in your best interest to attend the california approved ones. Caribbean medical schools are all business. With exception of UWI(domestic medical school), other schools provide clinical rotation in US or UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trb_5 View Post
    i highly highly doubt an israel medical school will accept a muslim student....but thats just me
    Couldn't be further from the truth. Israel is a multi-cultural society and there are firm laws against discrimination on any basis (including sexual orientation, unlike the US Army).

    Many, many, many Arabs attend Israeli universities, like Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University (which Sackler School of Medicine is part of), Ben Gurion University (which also has an international medical school).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstone View Post
    Couldn't be further from the truth. Israel is a multi-cultural society and there are firm laws against discrimination on any basis (including sexual orientation, unlike the US Army).

    Many, many, many Arabs attend Israeli universities, like Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University (which Sackler School of Medicine is part of), Ben Gurion University (which also has an international medical school).
    Why are you saying that the US Army discriminates? There is some form of HIDDEN DISCRIMINATION anywhere you go in this world and within any major organizations.

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    I simply compared the Israeli military where discrimination based on sexual orientation is emphatically illegal, and the US military where you can be dishonorably discharged.

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    Everyone has gone off tangent here. Who cares about Gays and Islam vs. Jews IN THIS THREAD...back to the main point. I asked someone the very same question as your uncle...apparently (remember I never called any board official so my answer is not completely true) but say you come from Pakistan medical school...the rule in CA is that the school must train MDs for the country the school resides in as well as make doctors that will actually work in that country....(we do not work in the carib nor do we really have locals in the school, thus NOT CA approved unless you go through a bunch of hoops and red tape) so actually coming from pakistan or where ever one might be able to go to CA and work. But Im confused about what your uncle is saying and what my friend telling US cause its not what "they (people on ValueMD, who have no creditentials sp? BTW, LOL)" are telling us. so basically I dont know.....lol sorry

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