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    Residency and other stuff

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    Hey everyone,

    Just had a couple of more questions:

    (1) How difficult as a Canadian Citizen will it be to attain residency in the United States? As far as I know, I do not want to wait 2 years for a J-1 Visa, and I have heard bad stories concerning Canucks attempting to attain H-B1 Visas. Any Canadians have any insight on this? -As far as I have heard, I will have to over-achieve on the USMLE's (which I know I will ) - Is this true??

    (2) Which schools in Poland would NOT allow me to practice in New York, Philidelphia, or Washington?

    (3) If Jag is on the Cali list, would an M.D. let me practice wherever I can attain residency in the States? Hinting at NY since I'm from Toronto.

    (4) My last question is if I would be better off going to St.Georges in the Carib(which I would rather choose Europe over, anyday; due to the fact that I am of Polish descent) considering the fact that I want to end up in Physical Med/Rehab/Sports Med, IM or FP in the future?

    CHEERS ALL!
    back to the books

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman View Post
    (1) How difficult as a Canadian Citizen will it be to attain residency in the United States? As far as I know, I do not want to wait 2 years for a J-1 Visa, and I have heard bad stories concerning Canucks attempting to attain H-B1 Visas. Any Canadians have any insight on this? -As far as I have heard, I will have to over-achieve on the USMLE's (which I know I will ) - Is this true??
    It will probably be easier than for anyone else, except perhaps an american. You don't have to wait 2 yrs for a J1. If you get everything ready early enough, you should have it by the time you start residency, or at least within the first couple of weeks. It's usually not an issue. Most US residency programs, at least those that have dealt with J1 issues before, are more than ready for handling such eventualities. H1B's are no more difficult for a canadian to get than any other nationality. Though, for the H1 you will likely have to take at least a year off (the filing process is abit longer, you'll have to have your Step 3, and many programs these days don't sponsor de novo H1s).

    You will have to do better on you USMLEs than the average US grad, still, if you're not going into a competitive residency, you'll be fine with average sores. Obviously, the higher, the better, there is no denying it.

    As far as FM is concerned, you may be locked into having to do it in Canada. As far as I know (but doublecheck) Health Canada will no longer supply a statement of need for FM.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman View Post
    (3) If Jag is on the Cali list, would an M.D. let me practice wherever I can attain residency in the States? Hinting at NY since I'm from Toronto.
    The cali list has nothing to do with any other States. That being said, there are a number of grads doing residency in NY, so I think it's a non-issue.

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    I think New Mexico and Vermont also use the Cali list. New York has a 12 week clinical rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcan View Post
    I think New Mexico and Vermont also use the Cali list. New York has a 12 week clinical rule.
    Vermont does not. There are quite a few UJ grads at UVM, for example. Can't speak for New Mexico. Cali, New Mexico, and Oregon have some arrangement for residency requirements for going to med-school in those three states. Not sure if there is anything in place for residency.

    New York is also mostly a non-issue. Quite a number of polish med school grads are doing residency in NY state. Yeah, there's this silly 12 week rule... but I know a few people who have gone over the 12 weeks, and yet, they're there... It's not the easiest thing to enforce.

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    A training license is much easier to get than a regular one. Mute point since UJ has a Cali OK. Still waiting on ours.

    States that uses CA are TX, NM, ID, VT, IN.
    NM: ok with license 3 yrs elsewhere
    ID: ok with license elsewhere 5 yrs

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    [quote=KluverB;755948]
    ....As far as FM is concerned, you may be locked into having to do it in Canada. As far as I know (but doublecheck) Health Canada will no longer supply a statement of need for FM.
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    Statements of Need ARE issued for family medicine for residents of Ontario and Newfoundland/Labrador without question. The restriction is on residents of other provinces - they have to try Canada first, and if they are not successful, then a Statement of Need will be issued.
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