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    koronerarter is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by koronerarter View Post

    Please let me know my chances about above noted specialties...

    Thank you!
    It's not about luck! It's about having a strategy and putting your best foot forward. The fact is, there are countless amount of great physicians that didn't get matched over the years. There are also numerous mediocre physicians that got matched as well! Undoubtedly, you will spend money applying to programs, flying to interviews, etc. Don't limit your options! Pick a few more specialties you could live with. Obviously, IM and FM are the big players for foreign trained physicians. Consider some other primary care fields like pediatrics as well. Remember, you can always obtain a sub-specialty or fellowship after board certification.

    Finally, have a back up plan! Ask yourself what you plan to do if you don't get matched. Will you apply next year? the year after? Will you make your application stronger with an MPH or MBA or research or clinical experience? Are you willing and able to learn Spanish and attempt an unaccredited one year internship in Puerto Rico (US Territory) and become a general practitioner? Would you go back to school and become a mid level provider (PA or NP)? Would you consider surgical first assisting? Would you accept a position in academics? etc. etc.

    Ironically, I have to close my comments with the old adage, Best of Luck! Perhaps I should say, all the best in mapping out your strategic pathway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadsled View Post
    Are you willing and able to learn Spanish and attempt an unaccredited one year internship in Puerto Rico (US Territory) and become a general practitioner?
    Hey, could you explain that one...not sure to understand. Do you mean someone can practice as a GP in PR without residency?

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    Puerto Rico offers Internado Criollo which is their own approved residency and also offer ACGME accredited residencies on the island as well. With the passage of all USMLEs and a one year internship approved by Puerto Rico, you can apply for the general practitioner physician license in Puerto Rico only! With that said, you are then eligible for a DEA license, an NPI number and employment in federal healthcare facilities like prison, VA hospital, Indian Health service clinics, etc., or on the Island of Puerto Rico. You must maintain a current PR license. Here is a link written in Spanish that may help. In addition, the Internship provides very little pay!

    http://westmedicalreview.com/wp-cont...erto-Rico-.pdf
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    Thanks for that useful information.
    That said at $1000-2000 it's grossly the salary of a licensed physician in many latin american countries. So not that bad for an internship.

    By the way do you know if it's easier to get a residency in PR vs in the US (IM or FP for instance)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atlantoaxial View Post
    Thanks for that useful information.
    That said at $1000-2000 it's grossly the salary of a licensed physician in many latin american countries. So not that bad for an internship.

    By the way do you know if it's easier to get a residency in PR vs in the US (IM or FP for instance)?
    It's equally competitive to obtain a PR ACGME accredited residency as in the States. You have to remember, there are 4 accredited medical schools in PR. With that said, the Internado Criollo is not a giveaway and is competitive as well! I'm sure there are a few graduates of the Internado Criollo that impress the local ACGME accredited program directors and are able to secure a PGY-1 ACGME on the island.

    As far as your comment about pay and comparing it to South America, Puerto Rico is not exactly cheap to live in being a resort destination. Some of these programs pay even less than a $1000 a month so you need to have savings to survive a year in PR!

    I should mention programs don't require Step 3 to apply. However, Step 3 is needed to apply for the PR medical license.
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