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    jraces is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Hi, well I was recently talking to my physician. I told him about my plan of doing medical school in europe, and then returning to the US for residency..... He said that was an ok idea, but the best thing would be to complete the residency in Poland, and then do the USMLE, and be able to practise in the usa.... Well I was under the impression that I'd have to attend an American residency.... This sounds weird to me, because it seems like the US wants to be sure of a docs ability, and a foreign trained doctor would possibly not meet the standard required...
    well anyways.. Can you please enlighted me on this subject?... Is my doc wrong?... He attended med school in US, but is kinda old.. so maybe things changed or something?... And also if it is true .. arnt the euro residencies way longer?

    Thanks!

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    Your doc is wrong. If you wish to practice in the U.S. you must compete a residency in the U.S. This even applies to specialists in Europe who have been working for years.
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    Yes, his advice does not sound accurate. I've heard of highly specialized doctors coming to the states only to go into residency and start at the same place as the med-school graduates. It's probably not fair, but what can you do.

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    u r doc is way off..! plus why poland?! Is he polish?!
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    I may be at the wrong place, sorry if I am. But does anybody know if it is possible to practice in France after attending a 4 years polish school. My fiancee lives in France and I would like to join him when I finish.

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    Practice in EU

    The EU (except UK at the present time) has an agreement to honor the qualifications of all EU countries, including in Medicine. Once you are qualified in an EU country you can practice in another WITHOUT further examination....except for competency in the language.

    Good luck

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    Graduate Dominican Republic 1982, Residency/Fellowship St. Luke's-Roosevelt Manhattan A&P is the same in everyone no matter where they study.

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    Residency

    As the others say, coming to the US to practise no matter whether you have trained elsewhere or not requires at least some time in a USA residency. All states require at least 1yr (most 2+) of a US residency to obtain a license to practice. The individual boards have their own individual requirements to qualify to take a specialty exam. The UK also requires US doctors to take at least an internship before lic.

    When I was a student I worked alongside 2 Egyptian "residents" who had taught in major universites, made contributions to medical texts we were USING at the time and observed them perform an operation whilst the attending stood-by and learned from them... at least he was willing to learn.

    Take your residency in the country where you are most likely to live and work.

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    Graduate Dominican Republic 1982, Residency/Fellowship St. Luke's-Roosevelt Manhattan A&P is the same in everyone no matter where they study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denisehcs View Post
    The EU (except UK at the present time) has an agreement to honor the qualifications of all EU countries, including in Medicine. Once you are qualified in an EU country you can practice in another WITHOUT further examination....except for competency in the language.

    Good luck

    Denise
    Which bit of the agreement is the U.K. not honouring?
    EU citizens who are also EU grads. do not have to do PLAB. Indeed plenty of them have taken advantage of the reciprocal arrangements to come and work here. That has been the situation for quite a few years - I'm not sure when exactly it began.
    Last edited by diogenes; 11-01-2007 at 11:33 AM.
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