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    Hi :)

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    My name is Mikie and I am new to this site

    I finally decided to create a username and join in on the fun here. I'm from Chicago and its very cold here right now so I'm super jealous of the weather you have there. But the main reason I am here is to see if my goal to practice medicine is possible.

    A little info about me: I graduated with a BA in psychology. So far, the pre-med classes I have taken are 2 biology classes, and chem 1, inorganic. I also have taken a medical term class. To date, I have completed over 120hrs. of university work. I am signed up for Chem 2 inorganic, anatomy/physiology, and microbio for next term. I am a little confused if I should take the rest of the pre-med in the states or apply to the pre-med at Nevis. The program looks promising.

    My goal is to have come back to practice in the united states but I also have a strong desire to practice in other parts of the world, like England. Is this possible after attending a Carib school? What kind of exams do they have in comparison to the USMLE's? How difficult would it be practice in England?

    I really hope I didn't ask too many questions! I'm really happy to be here to learn and possibly meet some future friends.

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    First of all, I would recommend you to finish up the pre-med courses back in the U.S.. That gives you a lot more options once you're done with them. You'd still be eligible to apply to MUA as a Med 1, along with other Caribbean schools. Though I'm not saying the pre-med program isn't good, it isn't recognized back in the US, and isn't recognized in all the Caribbean schools.

    Remember, the standard pre-med courses are:

    General Bio I/II
    General Chem I/II
    Organic Chem I/II
    General Physics I/II
    Calculus

    The Caribbean is a good way to get back into the US, since it teaches the US curriculum, and prepares (or attempts to, anyway) students for the USMLE. To practice in England, GMC (General Medical Council) requirements must be met, and I believe that being a commonwealth country, St. Kitts & Nevis is put under a special category when it comes to licensure. Either way, you'd have to sit for the PLAB, which is an exam similar in content-scope (not too knowledgeable of it) to the USMLE. I remember reading about these on the GMC website. (More information can be found here: GMC | PLAB)

    But yes! Practicing medicine is possible. Just keep at it. The path to and in medical school hasn't been that easy for me, but yet, I'm still going back and going to keep on truckin'. Just NEVER GIVE UP.
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    Conway,

    Thanks for the helpful response

    From my reading, it looks like there isn't much labwork in pre-med. As for the exams, what is the format? Is it multiple choice? Finally, silly but serious question, can you use a calculator for these exams?

    Another question I have concerns California. Say I become a resident and eventually a practicing physician in a place other than Cali. Does that mean that I could move to Cali and get a job in the future? This would be nice seeing that I'm not sure I want to live in a cold climate my entire life.

    Thanks...

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    I don't know much about the pre-med exams; you'd have to ask someone who went through the pre-med program at MUA.

    As for California, as far as I know, with MUA lacking approval so far, MUA grads can NEVER practice there (unless at a VA hospital, which is under federal jurisdiction). This would change, however, if MUA receives approval from the CA Medical Board before you start Med 1, OR if approval is received later on, and a retroactive approval is put into effect to a certain date, and you happen to start after the date of retroactivity.
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    只要緣深,不怕緣來的遲;只要找到路,就不怕路遙遠。---證嚴法師靜思語

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    [quote=XX MIKIE XX;731536]Conway,

    Thanks for the helpful response

    From my reading, it looks like there isn't much labwork in pre-med. As for the exams, what is the format? Is it multiple choice? Finally, silly but serious question, can you use a calculator for these exams?

    I completed the pre-med program here and will be entering med 2 this semester. All of the exams are multiple choice, and no, you can't use calculators on the exams. If you do any calculations on exams, they are very simple and wouldn't require a calculator anyways. Also, a piece of advice, pre-med 2 is a lot more challenging than pre-med 1, so don't slack in pre-med 1. All of the classes are easy, in my humble opinion, so make your aim a 4.0 because the more of cushion you have, the less stressed you will be in pre-med 2. Take care, and good luck this upcoming semester!

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