INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL PG IN USA :
Medical PG in USA offers clinical challenges all throughout its roadmap. This is due to the fact that the whole system is thoughtfully designed to have clinically oriented physicians in the US Healthcare System Many Indian doctors seek advice to pursue MD in USA after MBBS in India. Many of the Indian doctors who could not get PG via NEET PG or AIPGMEE in India seek consulting support with MOKSH to pursue MD/MS in USA after MBBS in India and opt for the following options. 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 more than 10,000 Indian doctors in USA. However, there are various ways by which they reached their target.
The United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, impacting patient care across the nation, according to new data published today by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) recently. The population of USA is aging and growing. By 2035, the number of old people will surpass the number of youngsters for the first time in USA nation's history. But U.S. medical schools are not keeping pace with their nation's increasing demand for care. Only about 40 percent of graduates from U.S. medical schools choose primary care residencies. Boosting the number of international medical graduates (IMG) in the United States who help narrow gaps like these. IMGs enter primary care at a far greater clip than U.S. medical school graduates. Every year around 70 percent of international medical graduates chose residencies in primary care. That's nearly double the percentage of U.S. graduates. IMGs also tend to practice in high-need areas. In communities with a per-capita annual income below $15,000, 42 percent of doctors have been trained abroad.The number of U.S. medical residencies is at an all-time high, as is the share of international medical graduates from the United States who are matching to residencies.
PG in USA after MBBS in India.
The system for healthcare professionals or physicians in USA is closely monitored by ECFMG which conducts 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.
At 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 and testing questions 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 or MBBS in Abroad - 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 1st year of MBBS in India or MBBS in abroad.. 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. MOKSH provides the best and the only option available in India to help students have edge and compete with students studying in Caribbean or USA Medical Schools. Student will begin preparation with Premedical Module leading to intensive coaching on USMLE Step Examinations while studying in any Indian Medical School. Indian doctors are eligible to appear for USMLE step 1 after 2nd year of MBBS in India. The USMLE step 1 & Step 2 CK with Moksh is a comprehensive program and further details can be found at https://www.moksh16.com/usmle-coaching/
Similarly, USMLE online course is also provided for USMLE 2 CK.
The cost for this entire route is around US$ 30,000 (with 3 months of Clinical Rotation / Clerkship). It can be to the tune of only US$ 30,000 if you can crack USMLE-2CK / CS after only 3 months of Clinical rotation. The cost does not include MOKSH charges, travel expenses and living costs in USA which will be additional Rs. 10 Lacs.(approx.) Also note that this cost is (10%) minimal compare to fees in Private Medical Colleges in India to pursue MBBS or MD/MS.
Going to USA by preparing from first year of medical school has its own advantage. MOKSH supports the doctors who wish to be in India and give USMLE-1 exam as well as USMLE – 2CK before going for 1 or 2 trimesters of clerkships at US hospitals. During this clerkship period, the doctors pass USMLE 2CS 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. Hence Moksh has pre-planned the training and module support for you. After completing clerkship you will come back to India and avail Moksh Residency Match Program and apply for ERAS and Residency Interview.
This particular roadmap saves a lot of money and a more stable roadmap to pursue Medical PG in USA. We strongly recommend students to prepare for USMLE right from 1styear of MBBS as Medical PG in USA involves lot of meticulous planning. You need to fare well in your medical school exams and with USMLE parallel preparation not only will you score good grades but your concepts will become stronger which ultimately helps you become a better Doctor than your peers. We wish you good luck in USMLE Preparations and welcome you to explore programs offered by Moksh on following link https://www.moksh16.com/usmle-coaching/
Few Indian doctors are looking to complete Medical PG in USA after graduation without Non-Clinical program such as they are not confident on their USMLE exam performance and burden of extra 50 lac rupees via MPH pathway becomes too much. Moreover, they are already working in few Indian hospitals and wish to continue with their hospital clinical experience. They want to invest their time and money only in clinical field instead of getting diverted to MPH program.
For these doctors, we suggest to take the fast track USMLE Option. This option allows them to pursue 2 years of USMLE preparation with Moksh Live Online parallel to their jobs in Indian hospitals. So they go through the USMLE-1 & 2 CK coaching and exam. It is followed by 3 months of clinical rotation (without MPH) at the same cost as option - 1. However, in this case, they would need to get the tourist B1 /B2 VISA in advance to appear for USMLE Step 2 CS Exams and appear for residency Interview.
Unlike student starting in first year these students need to put extra effort to complete exams in time and be ready for ERAS applications within 2.5 years of graduation without wasting further precious years after graduation. They also need to work on CV and justify suitable work experience as well.
Going to USA on the basis of just a clerkship is not a disadvantage. Though MOKSH supports the doctors who wish to be in India and give USMLE-1 exam as well as USMLE – 2CK before going for 1 or 2 trimesters of clerkships at US hospitals. During this clerkship period, the doctors pass USMLE 2CS 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. You will have to return for Online ERAS application and go back to USA again for residency interviews.
The cost for this entire route is around US$ 30,000. The cost does not include MOKSH charges, travel expenses and living costs which would work out to an additional Rs. 10 Lacs (approx.). This cost is 10% of fees to do PG from Private Medical College in India. Moksh has USMLE Fast track batches starting every year in July. You can find the details on https://www.moksh16.com/usmle-coaching/ or call 7024240996
MPH in USA after MBBS in India - OPTION - 3.
Since 1975 till around early 2005, doctors preferred to pursue clinical medical post-graduation in USA by first pursuing non clinical Masters in public health (MPH) or Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) first then followed by Residency. This was because in those days there were no USMLE preparation material readily available in India. This option of postgraduate course in USA gives a backup for the students since generally, the student Visa issued by the US consulate for Indian students are for 5 years for Masters Program. However they will spend additional INR 50 lacs rupees of tuition and living expenditure other then cost for USMLE Exams and Residency Application
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$ 90,000 (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
The disadvantages of pursuing MPH programs in USA leading to medical PG are such as:
In India if you approach any study abroad consultant because they have no idea and knowledge about intensive but rewarding clinical option for Medical PG in USA, all counsellors will only recommend you to do MPH/ MHA in USA and they prepare USMLE on your own fate which is not correct guidance. They fear you that you will have a job after MPH at least as plan B, without informing you that for MPH program you as MBBS graduate is competing with students from BSc, BPT, BDS, Bpharm etc all Bachelors Biology graduate who can pursue MHA/MPH and hence salary post completion is 30% of what a MD/MS completed physician earns in USA.
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 the ability to apply the knowledge and concepts logically are able to crack it well. Remember, only one attempt can be given for this exam. Accordingly, the students always prepare their best and give a lot of Mock tests before appearing for this important exam of their career! Before we start the journey, we must understand the difficulty level of USMLE -1 exam.
STATISTICS OF USMLE-1 (2018)
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)||194 / 308|
|Average Score||232 /308|
|Residency expected at 75%||230 / 308|
|Number of Residencies in USA||35,000|
|Maximum students placed for||Internal Medicine, Paediatrics , Psychiatry|
The passing score varies as per notification by ECFMG.
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In order to complete the medicine degree in USA, the doctors would have to pass their licensing exam namely USMLE-3. This is done during the residency - (Postgraduate 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 respect is very high for the medical professionals in USA. There is absolutely no need to give high capitation fees running into crores and just somehow complete this Medical PG in INDIA. It is better to spend money to complete your course by paying the USMLE training fees which is just 10 % of expense of private medical college fees in India and then start earning in crores after PG in USA.
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. To note it is not enough to practice in the USA. There the start of your clinical practice 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.
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