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- November 11th, 2015, 08:39 AM #1
Electives After MBBS?
I am willing to dedicate 2 years after MBBS for the USMLE, electives and any other requirements for a residency in the US. Is this feasible? Or do I absolutely have to do electives during my MBBS years?
Also, if there is anything other than doing electives and clearing the USMLE; that is a requirement to land a residency, please do mention it. I'll be grateful for any help.November 11th, 2015, 10:27 AM #2
i am also planning on US residency
any help would be appreciated
Last edited by lightning; November 11th, 2015 at 11:05 AM.November 11th, 2015, 12:02 PM #3
I've done some research and I've found that you cannot do clinical electives once you graduate. If it so happens that I am unable to do electives in MBBS years, is there any other way for me to secure a residency?
I've heard research, externships and observerships do increase your chances and may even make up for the lack of clinical electives. I would really appreciate any input on this.November 11th, 2015, 12:46 PM #4
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My friend was from KEMC and studied for 3 years day in and day out for the USMLE and finally succeeded last year and managed to secure a residency in the USA without that clinical elective nonsense. Now I dont know about clinical electives but a friend of my brothers who was in AKU went to the US for a year in some sort of student exchange program in LA, He did some medical electives outside of Pakistan or so he says. There might be a program the same as that in your college as well, do look into it. Other than that all I have heard about the USMLE is, that when you pass the licencing exam you get a residency in the US, it might be as simple as that.You should PM @masterh for further information, BTW I'm also hoping to pass the NBDE when I complete my BDS.November 11th, 2015, 01:51 PM #5
As far as my knowledge goes; electives are to be taken while at the undergraduate level with most people heading for the States, usually, in their penultimate or final years (my plan too) Electives are like a bonus, as in they bolster your chances of getting a good residency, aside from giving you much needed experience abroad and generally gearing you up for your residencies but I don't think they are necessarily a requirement. As long as you pass the USMLE or other foreign equivalents, you'll get the licence to practice obviously starting from the residency. A friend of mine just came back from a month long elective from Harvard and Vanderbilt (I know how that sounds) and I've been told it's a must do if you can.November 11th, 2015, 03:35 PM #6
Thanks for replying everyone. But, I just read this article and it was pretty demotivating:
I don't know how accurate the information is, however it makes it sound like without clinical electives in your MBBS years, you can kiss a chance for residency goodbye.
Another resource that I can point out is:
All these sources make it sound like no matter how high your USMLE scores, you ain't getting anywhere without those electives.
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