Re: Advice from a radiology resident (IMG applicant)

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Posted by Matthew from IP on April 12, 2012 at 16:34:06:

In Reply to: Advice from a radiology resident (IMG applicant) posted by Shivani Gupta on July 12, 2010 at 19:07:45:

Hi everyone,
Great thread so far!
Here is my background
I am a third year medical student in Ireland and it is my dream to become a radiologist. I have done an elective in my second year in my med school in Ireland (and loved it) and have published one abstract in BSJ for breast cancer surgery where I developed an i-Phone App. My fiance is form New York and her entire family is in America so we intend to move there as soon as I finish my intern year here. I am due to sit Step 1 USMLE this summer and aim to do USCE the following summer in New York.

1) Any advice on what form of USCE I should do?Should I do the electives just in radiology?

I am consistently in the top 10% of my class however I have a GAP YEAR since I got very sick with Infectious Mono and lost 30 pounds weight (14kg) during my first year and had to defer the exams and the rest of the year from absence. The course in Ireland is 0MB (also called premed and this is an optional year which I chose to do) then Years 1MB to 5MB are medicine and I completed 0MB, fell sick the following year (1MB) so deferred the year, then came back the following year and completed years 1MB, 2MB with first class honours and scholarships and am nearly finished 3MB with no hiccups.

2) This "gap" worries me as I am afraid it looks weak on paper - What can I do about this?

3) What is the best way to for me to go about getting into Radiology in America - should I apply straight to Rads residency or should I try the alternate route as you outline above?

4)Or should I just forget about a competitive US residency like Rads and go into something else so that we can start our life in America ASAP?

The problem is my fiance is very keen to get home to America and would have moved back years ago had she not met me - she is waiting for me but I feel I have kept her waiting too long already! Any advice at all I genuinely appreciate tremendously. I am aware that this is a somewhat rambling post!



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