do you mean cardiovascular surgeon? he would have to do

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Posted by Laura from IP on September 10, 2010 at 18:58:08:

In Reply to: Laura posted by jas on September 10, 2010 at 13:41:17:

general surgery for 5 years and then CV fellowship. the fellowship is not an issue, but the surgical residency is very difficult to get, even for American grads. If you cannot or do not want to get him into an US medical school - which in my opinion is the best thing to do - he must do electives in surgery in the US. Do not worry about affiliations, these type of things need to be worked out individually by every person him/herself with the hospital. Here is what you do: check out in the area where you live the largest residency programs - if you live in Chicago that would be Univ of Chicago or Northwestern and some others, preferably the program he wants to apply for residency. Contact their medical school and ask about electives or check their websites. They are gonna need his USMLE step 1 scores - they must be excellent so tell him to try very hard to get at least 90% on the test, the higher the better. Additionally they will be asking about malpractice insurance, if he is accepted buy it for him, it is well worth it. See if he can get there during his summer break for at least 2 months, and he absolutely must be on his best behavior and work extremely hard. One thing to keep in mind: nobody ever gets a surgery residency position without a favorable letter of recommendation from the department chair. Start moving quickly as they accept applications for summer electives 6-12 months ahead of time. If he hasn't passed his step 1 yet tell him to get on it because he is running out of time. ideally his electives should be done by his 3rd year if he is a 4-year program or by his 5th year if he is a 6-year program (at least 1 year before graduation) and preferably after his normal surgical training in medical school. Tell him to study from American books in English and constantly speak English. With great USMLE scores and a lot of luck he may actually be able to get himself a position if the physicians and especially the department chair of the program where he will do his elective rotation likes him. Don't get discouraged and tell him to study and give it a try, he has the advantage of graduating from an American high school and being a citizen. Hope this helps, best of luck to you and your son

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