Posted by Resident from IP 220.127.116.11 on April 10, 2010 at 10:41:09:
In Reply to: Need advice posted by Desperate on April 10, 2010 at 03:12:34:
If you have a PhD, you should find a job in the lab easily in the medical center, see all those Chinese doctor, every lab should have at least one Chinese doctor, they are there either preparing for USMLE exam or green card. I would suggest you to join one of the clinical lab (e-mail each lab for research job), if they want you, they will support your visa, then green card, it takes 1 year to up to a few years. Then go for the match. It is a long way.
I guess you did not study medicine in English, so that is the way you need to follow. You can not compare Indian or others who studies medicine in English and prepared for USMLE since the first year in med school, they got very high score, now I saw some of them doing rotation along with the US medical students, I do not know how they can do that (visiting medical student?), they knew the US hospital system already, better chance for match, plus they are young, high score, with connection and letters during the rotation. I heard that they came from rich family in India. Not sure why they want to practice in the US if they are rich already in India.
If you can find a job in the lab (find the chairman's research lab), if he is a good guy, then his recommendation letter and connection works to help you for the match. Do not feel desperate because you are comparing, comparing to your classmates, schoolmates,countryman. Everyone are different in their life. Luck is luck. I knew a girl 32 y/o matched this year, no PHD or research experiences, came to the US as F-2, stayed at home and take care of baby, got green card from husband's job, match into Neurology now, she had no connection , no clinical experiences (maybe volunteer in a clinic in the US, no master or PHD degree).
I guessed you immigrated to Canada and tried to match in the US, well, as I wrote above, not much shortcut.Find a job then green card, then match with better chance, expect about 3-5 years.
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