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    uncle,j is offline Newbie 510 points
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    hi you all young & smart,
    I am the hangman, frustrated and totally lost. all of you
    up there with fresh mind, pl. help me with your valuable
    advise.....I was fortunate to complete the med. program
    from one of the oldest school in Caribbean 9 yrs. ago. Then
    some unfortunate events occured in my family. Being the
    oldest son/brother, I came under the huge burden of responsibilities. This way I was dis-engaged from USMLE prep. I am not in my 20's or 30's any more, but I still have a strong desire to become a Lic. Physician in U.S. The only good thing happened in this period is that I continued working in teaching hospitals in various capacities. I know
    that a long time has elapsed and the light at the end of the
    tunnel is getting dimmer and dimmer every day now. I
    have come to realize that at this stage I must explore the
    other options i.e a Licensure in a 3rd. world countries. I am
    a U.S citizen who speaks Spanish, Hindi and other languages. I am willing to do some extra work alongwith Social Service/House Job in that country. Your smart thoughts and opinions will be highly appreciated.
    May God bless you all,
    J.A
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    Best of luck...I wish I knew some way to help you. What do the rules and regs say about graduating quite a while ago? Is this a State by State situation? Or is it difficult to get in for the Steps now? What is the biggest obstacle here? Who controls it? I say, start tackling it even if it seems like a huge impossible task. Mail things out, make your phone calls, send your emails and then continue with your routine until you start to hear back from people. Where there's a will, there's a way. It sounds like you have a story to tell about why you were 'away' for so long...so that will take care of anyone asking 'why'.
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    uncle,j is offline Newbie 510 points
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    thanx julestx for your response.I wish someone like you
    also have the taste of the life bitterness like I have.Then
    you know what is it? how it feel? unfortunately for you it
    is just a story,but I still thank to you.
    J,A

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    Taking the boards in the US may not be possible. I'm not sure the school could certify you to take them are this point. There are rules regarding the time frame in which they must be taken and passed. After so many years away, you would probably have to re-do med school in order to pass. There have been so many advances in genetics, and molecular biology. So many changes in imaging studies, drugs, guidelines etc. It is going to be tough. Just take heart failure, for example. When uncle,j went to school beta-blockers were contraindicated in heart failure. Now they are the treatment of choice. Most countries will require that you pass a series of licensing exams before they will license you. They woul probably require a residency as well. You probably need to go back to med school. G
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    uncle,j
    I never meant to sound the least bit negative towards you, and I'm sorry if my post came across that way. I guess you think it did come across negatively because you have wished bitterness in my life or something. Believe me, I dont need any bad karma or whatever its called. Anyways, just wanted to get that off my chest in case you thought I would do the opposite of help. I wouldnt.
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    oh and you're the only one..huh?

    Quote Originally Posted by uncle,j
    thanx julestx for your response.I wish someone like you
    also have the taste of the life bitterness like I have.Then
    you know what is it? how it feel? unfortunately for you it
    is just a story,but I still thank to you.
    J,A
    uh...dude, what's with all the negativity and the hangman thing...you're givin' me some bad vibes dude, so I'm outta here.

    Peace out dudes and dudettes!

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    Best bet would be to contact your old school and the licensing boards directly.

    We sympathize for you dude, but what was with that attack on Jules? She was trying to be helpful.
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    Thank u all: julestx,teratose,and stinky

    dear julestx:
    I am sorry to react that way after reading your response.
    actually the word story bothered me, so I took it out from my chest. I really don't mean to wish you what I wrote. My apology.

    dear teratose:
    many thanx for your insight. I am not that much young now to go to school again, I wish it was possible. you think
    kaplan review would help me to refresh or it will be a wasting of time and money again? around 1994, some med. students left their Caribbean schools to go to South Africa. there they completed rest of the study and worked with Lic. physicians for few yrs. in order to register in that country. but all of them were South African citizens. I am not sure if some other country also allows to do that in its rural/remote population.
    thanx again,

    dear stinky:
    thanx for your response. u don't have to worry about it. u sound very young and u still have time to join the race again.

    uncle,j
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