To get an ECFMG certification, is it necessary to pass all 3 steps of USMLE within a window of seven years?

My answer to To get an ECFMG certification, is it necessary to pass all 3 steps of USMLE within a window of seven y… Answer by Sia Kumar: Thanks for A2A. Yes, USMLE Step 1, 2CK and 2 CS needs to be cleared within 7 years to be ECFMG certified. This does not include Step 3 which can be attempted only post ECFMG certification. To … Continue reading To get an ECFMG certification, is it necessary to pass all 3 steps of USMLE within a window of seven years?

1-on-1 Skype USMLE consulting

Hello All USMLE aspirants, Firstly I would like to thank all the readers for sending appreciation emails. It is encouraging to keep writing posts. I have started 1-on-1 USMLE Skype  consults for any USMLE related queries/doubts in relation to decision ,process or preparation tips. I had not made a formal post for this service. The Skype consult would be for 1 hour where the student … Continue reading 1-on-1 Skype USMLE consulting

Do internal medicine residency programs in the US require US clinical experience by an IMG?

My answer to Do internal medicine residency programs in the US require US clinical experience by an IMG? Answer by Sia Kumar: Thank you for A2A. They do require it more times than not. Much more needed to fetch you residency interviews than in matching. If you can put yourself in the shoes of the person sending out residency interview invites. You have two candidates- … Continue reading Do internal medicine residency programs in the US require US clinical experience by an IMG?

What is your opinion about the New Indian Surrogacy bill 2016?

My answer to What is your opinion about the New Indian Surrogacy bill 2016? This is a google pic of surrogacy center in India. Do you find even one surrogate doing it because she wants to do it? If I may stretch to a bigger aspect: Is commercial surrogacy really that different from prostitution? In both an economically challenged women is selling a part of … Continue reading What is your opinion about the New Indian Surrogacy bill 2016?

Can I work in US after finishing USMLE step 1 and step 2?

My answer to Can I work in US after finishing USMLE step 1 and step 2? Thank you for A2A. I assume there are two parts behind you asking this question- A. To earn money covering some part of your USMLE journey B. Gain US medical experience To earn money- You cannot practice clinical medicine in US unless you are in a Residency program or … Continue reading Can I work in US after finishing USMLE step 1 and step 2?

For verification of my MBBS degree (which is in both English & Hindi on same doc) using EPIC/ ECFMG, do I need to get this also translate…

  Thank you for A2A. If your MBBS degree is written in English as well as in Hindi then you do not need to translate it. The English written side of your degree will do the work. When they mention translation of degree language, it means if it is written in any language only (other than English) , so ECFMG can interpret your degree themselves … Continue reading For verification of my MBBS degree (which is in both English & Hindi on same doc) using EPIC/ ECFMG, do I need to get this also translate…

As an international medical student how shall I obtain a proper visa for doing clinical electives in the US?

My answer to As an international medical student how shall I obtain a proper visa for doing clinical electives in t… Thanks for A2A. Electives are hands-on clinical experience and thus can never be done on B1 or B2 visa. They are more done on F1 visa than on J1 visa. The choice of visa is based on your sponsoring hospital where you will be … Continue reading As an international medical student how shall I obtain a proper visa for doing clinical electives in the US?

How does the LOR help IMGs get residency in the US via USMLE?

My answer to How does the LOR help IMGs get residency in the US via USMLE? Answer by Sia Kumar: The system in USA is slightly different than in India. As in India , you clear an entrance exam- get a score and rank, based on these get a PG seat according to your preference and availability of seat. In USA, however its like applying … Continue reading How does the LOR help IMGs get residency in the US via USMLE?