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- February 23rd, 2007, 11:33 AM #1
Help on dermatology residency
HI I M A STUDENT OF MBBS YR 1.... I AM INTERESTED IN DOIN SPECIALIZATION IN DERAMATOLOGY.....I JUST WANNA KNW THT AFTER FIVE YRS..THTS IS AFTER I COMPLETE MY MBBS AND SPECIALIZATION....IS THERE ANY SCOPE OF DERMATOLOGY IN USA....OR WAT FIELDS SHUD I GO FOR..SINCE INSHALLAH I WUD B LIVIN IN USA....ALSO...I WANT U TO SUGGEST ME SOME OTHER FILEDS IF DERMATOLOGY IS NOT SUITABLE BUT ONE THING I WANNA TEL U THT..... I M NOT INTERESTED IN SURGERIES .... LIK THT IN NEURO OR CARDIAC SURGEON.....AND I HAV MADE UP MY MIND FOR DEMATOLOGY...... SOME TOLD ME THT DERMATOLOGISTS ARE NOT IN DEMAND IN USA...!!!??
HOPE TO SEE UR REPLY SOON....I M WAITING...ஐAζяA๑February 23rd, 2007, 02:44 PM #2
1.) Please turn off your CAPS LOCK key. It is perceived online as if you are yelling.
2.) Dermatology is VERY competitive for US graduates, and even more competitive for foreign graduates, if not nearly impossible. There are very few spots for dermatology and even if you get very high scores on USMLE, your chances of getting a dermatology residency without extensive research, connections, and strong letters of recommendation are very slim.
3.) Nobody can really suggest a field for you, especially at this point in your career. When you start clinical rotations in your third year, you will get more exposure to various clinical fields. The best advice is to simply just choose something that you enjoy doing.
Good luck to you.February 24th, 2007, 12:50 PM #3
Any speciality is possible, if you want dermatology really bad you'll just have to go for a smaller program in a lesser well known or populated area, thats about it. Would be much easier, otherwise not a problem. But isn't first year a bit early to have your mind set on something haha. Scared of needles/knives/blood are we?Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.February 24th, 2007, 01:59 PM #4
Although anything is possible, and any specialty is possible, we should really examine what the realistic situation is. Dermatology spots fill up 100% completely every year. This means that there are no undesired, smaller program spots that American medical graduates do not want. Of course there are dermatology programs which are less desirable than other programs but that doesn't mean foreign graduates can take those seats, as American graduates will still take them almost always.
For dermatology, unless you have a strong research resume showing your long term interest in derm right after you graduate from medical school, even if you have 99/99 on Step 1/2, you will almost certainly not get a derm residency. You can however go and work as a researcher after graduating from medical school and if your work impresses faculty in the program and your test scores are high enough, you may get a residency a year or two years later.
But as I said before, coming from a non-US medical school and not being a US citizen no program is going to want to take you in something that is highly competitive. So yes, anything is possible, but it depends on how long you are willing to work to make that dream a reality. I say if you want something bad enough, don't worry about the time it will take to get there -- its much better to spend a few extra years getting into a field that you will enjoy the rest of your life rather than saving a few years right now while you're young to end up in a field you'll dislike the rest of your life.
And please, change your keyboard or find a way to turn off your caps lock key. Typing in all caps is very annoying and not very professional at all.February 24th, 2007, 08:58 PM #5
ok thanks rehan.... and yeah hope u hav no prb with my keyboard now....
ok rehan can u just tel me some really interestin fields for specialization...other than derm...???ஐAζяA๑
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