Medical PG in USA offers clinical challenges all throughout its roadmap due to the fact that the whole system is thoughtfully designed. Many Indian doctors seek advice to pursue MD in USA after MBBS in India. Many of the Indian doctors who could not get PG seat through NEET PG or AIPGMEE in India look for this option. In this article, we are trying to give you all the possible ways to on how to become a doctor in USA. Currently, there are many Indian doctors in USA. However, there are various ways by which they reached their target.
PG in USA after MBBS in India.
The system for healthcare professionals or physicians in USA is closely monitored by USMLE in a systematic manner. Indian students trying to pursue postgraduate medicine in USA after completion of MBBS need to prove themselves at every level again, including the bachelor level by way of giving USMLE-1 exam and USMLE 2CK. This exam is highly competitive (Though much easier than Indian NEET PG!). The exam is online and can be given from India. However, the course contents are quite different than the 19 subjects taught to you while pursuing MBBS in India.
There are 3 different ways to prepare for USMLE exams.
MD in USA after MBBS in India – OPTION – 1.
In USA, an Indian student after completion of MBBS cannot practice directly since the basic level of study to practice is postgraduate medicine in USA. USMLE has clearly defined the medical courses after MBBS to be completed in USA. In order to qualify for the Residency (Board certified PG while working in a Hospital under work permit) after MBBS the above exams needs to be cleared. the Indian doctors have to pass the above exams exam with high marks (230+). During this period, the students can give USMLE-2 CK exam in India to qualify for the Residency in USA. The doctors can then apply for work visa in USA once they get the residency confirmation.
The USMLE step 1 preparation can be done from the 2nd year of MBBS in India. MOKSH provide USMLE step 1 online course supporting the USMLE step 1 prep earlier. Indian doctors are eligible to appear for USMLE step 1 after 2nd year of MBBS in India. The USMLE step 1 preparation courses provided are from Beckers and Kaplan. It also has live classes conducted by the US based experienced doctors. The USMLE step 1 books are given to every student to ensure thorough preparation.
Similarly, USMLE online course are also provided for USMLE 2 CK.
The cost for this entire route is around US$ 30,000 (with 6 months of Clinical Rotation / Clerkship) and can be to the tune of only US$ 20,000 if you can crack USMLE-2CK / CS after only 3 months of Clinical rotation. The cost does not include MOKSH charges, Travel charges and living costs in USA and Caribbean Islands which would work out to the tune of additional Rs. 10 Lacs (approx.).
MD in USA after MBBS in India – OPTION – 2.
Going to USA on the basis of just a clerkship has its disadvantage. Though MOKSH supports the doctors who wish to be in India and give USMLE-1 exam as well as USMLE – 2CS before going for 1 or 2 trimesters of clerkships at US hospitals. During this clerkship period, the doctors pass USMLE 2CK and are eligible for the residency in USA based on the issuance of work permit. Naturally, you would not be able to spend more time during your stay for the clerkship. This would limit your time period for preparation of STEP-2 CS which needs to be given in USA. In case you are not able to get the residency during this period after passing the exam, you would have to return back and go again. This particular roadmap saves a lot of money but a more stable roadmap is to pursue MPH in USA.
Most of the doctors prefer to pursue medical post graduation in USA is to take an admission to Masters in public health (MPH). A doctor can pursue different courses after MBBS in India but MPH course in USA is the best option. This postgraduate course in USA gives a breathing period for the students since generally, the student Visa issued by the US consulate for Indian students are for 5 years for Masters Program. Indian doctors wishing to pursue post graduate medical education in USA generally take admission to Master in Public Health and utilize this time period for giving their clinical exams! Ultimately they end up with 2 degrees, one clinical after the residency and one non-clinical one such as ”Masters of Public Health” or even Diploma in public health in USA before they start their Residency to complete postgraduate medical courses in USA.
The cost to complete Medical PG in USA with this entire route is around US$ 50,000 (with 3 months of Clinical Rotation / Clerkship) if you can crack USMLE-2CK / CS after only 3 months of Clinical rotation. The cost does not include MOKSH charges, Travel charges and living costs in USA and Caribbean Islands which would work out to the tune of additional Rs. 10 Lacs (approx.).
There are other advantages of pursuing MPH programs in USA leading to medical PG such as:
- Creating a network of doctors and gain their confidence during this 2 years period
- While pursuing MPH degree in USA, one can take a break for one semester after the first year and during this period, the doctors complete their clerkship (The mandatory step for getting residency)
- The program allows the student to get 5 years of Visa while going from India giving safe passage right till the time they pass their USMLE-3.
- In case of problem in getting the residency for clinical PG program, the public health management degree helps you to take care of your living expenses.
MD in USA after MBBS in India – OPTION – 3.
Few Indian doctors are looking to complete Medical PG in USA with options which does not involve Non-Clinical program such as MPH since they are not very confident on their USMLE exam performance with just 4 months coaching at Caribbean Islands. Moreover, they are already working in few hospitals and wish to continue with their hospital clinical experience and invest their time and money only in this field instead of getting diverted to MPH program. For these doctors, we suggest to take this 3rd and final option. This option allows them to pursue 2 years of USMLE preferred Green book clinical rotation (NOT AN OBSERVER-SHIP since that is not accepted by USMLE) at a ACGME approved hospital. So they go through the USMLE-1 coaching and exam which is followed by 2 years of clinical rotation (without MPH) at the same cost as option – 2. However, in this case, they would have to get the Residency after completion of rotation since the Visa would expire.
The cost for this entire route is around US$ 50,000. The cost does not include MOKSH charges, Travel charges and living costs in USA and Caribbean Islands which would work out to the tune of additional Rs. 20 Lacs (approx.).
About USMLE-1 Exam
The first step towards Medical PG in USA is naturally USMLE 1. The MCQ based test has multiple answers, sometimes more than 5-6 answers and you may be asked to give all the correct answers! This competitive exam, the first step towards post graduation in medicine in USA tests the foundation of your knowledge with analytical and diagnostic mind. Indian Doctors with clear fundamentals and with ability to apply the knowledge and concepts logically are able to crack it well. Remember, only one attempt can be given for this exam and accordingly, the students always prepare their best and give lot of Mock test before appearing for this most important exam of their academic life! Before we start the journey, we must understand the difficulty level of USMLE -1 exam.
STATISTICS OF USMLE-1 (2016)
Let us understand the statistics of the entrance exam so that you could judge if that suits you or not.
|Minimum Passing (70% of topper)||192 / 308|
|Average Score||227 /308|
|Residency expected at 75%||230 / 308|
|Number of Residencies in USA||35,000|
|Number of residencies reserved for local||17,000|
|Maximum students placed for||Family medicine and Internal medicine|
The passing score varies every year and is based on the last year average.
INITIATING THE ROADMAP UP TO MEDICAL PG IN USA FROM 12TH LEVEL.
Let us understand how the International Medical graduates generally complete their degree in USA. Generally, all the local students need to complete B.S. degree and go through 4 years of Bachelor level program leading to M.D. degree. On completion of the first 2 years of this course (Basic Science stage), the students give USMLE-1 and the student quality filtration begins at this stage. The next 2 years are spent in the hospitals and is also called clinical rotation to get the Medical Bachelor degree.
This MD degree is equivalent to MBBS in India but not enough to practice there since the start of your clinical practice in USA can happen only on completion of board certified post graduation in USA. If you wish to understand exactly how an Indian student at 12th standard is able to practice as a medical doctor, you may visit www.moksh16.com/mbbs-in-usa/.
Now let us understand the paths and options to complete the Medical PG in USA after MBBS in India. Naturally, you need to crack USMLE-1 to start the whole process.
In order to complete the medicine degree in USA, the doctors would have to pass their licensing exam namely USMLE-3 during the residency – (Post graduate medicine) period. The residency period would differ for different specialization and is well defined by the US licensing authorities USMLE. The quality of life, salary and the respectability is very high for the medical professionals in USA irrespective of the specializations. There is absolutely no need to give high capitation fees running into crores and just somehow complete this Medical PG. It is better to spend money to complete your course by paying the real fees.