first what you need to do is talk to your son and ask him

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Posted by Laura from IP on September 01, 2010 at 12:24:28:

In Reply to: Re: I am sorry to tell you but you made a serious mistake posted by jas on September 01, 2010 at 10:54:14:

what sort of specialty he is interested in. If he wants to be an internist, family medicine practitioner or pediatrician, then he needs to finish his schooling there, pass all of his USMLE steps with high scores (>90th percentile, >95th even better) and do a couple of rotations in the US during summer and he has very decent chances of landing a residency. If he wants something more competitive then he needs to get to the states ASAP. I don't know about transferring, but I would go to the schools that accepted him in the first place, and show them his USMLE step 1 score - it needs to be very high. Maybe they will consider taking him in 2nd year and he will repeat 1 or 2 years, which is no big deal. If they don't, then have him re-apply to med school - I assume he had excellent MCAT scores to be accepted at Emory - and he will have to re-do his training. However, it is better to realize you made a mistake now and try to correct it than finish medschool in 2 years and be unable to get a residency spot. If you have doubts, consider this - the cost of tuition is approximately 150-200 K for 4 years of medschool. If your son becomes a radiologist he will start at approximately 350 K/year as opposed to a family practitioner at 120-150 K/year, so he will easily recoup the costs of his education in a couple of years. Of course there is interest on loans, but he will be done paying them in 5 years max. As far as transfers go, I don't think they are common at all, they decide on a case-by-case basis. I say try to get him in his second or third year to save on time and tuition money, but if it is not possible, get him to the states anyway and have him repeat his training. Hope this helps, best of luck to you and your son

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