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1 Educational Advising Office U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi Medicine in the U.S.Educational Advising OfficeU.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi
2 First Professional Degree (M.D.) Total of eight yearsRegister for four years Bachelor of Science (Biology, Organic and non-organic chemistry, Physics..)Apply for Medical School Admission Test (MCAT) – third or beginning of fourth yearApply for medical school – another four yearsHighly competitive but open to foreign students
3 Requirements First Professional Degree (M.D.) Excellent academic recordsFluency of EnglishExtra-curricular activitiesGood score on MCAT
4 Postgraduate Medical Education Clinical Residency ProgramsNon-Clinical Study: Masters & Ph.D in Health related majorsShort-Term ProgramsECFMG International FellowshipsClerkshipsChances of obtaining medical education in the U.S. are much better for those who complete their first professional degree in their home country.
5 Clinical Residency Lasts three to seven years Participants gain expertise in a medical clinical specialtyParticipants gradually take on increasing responsibilities for patient care within a supervised clinical environmentAdvanced medical technology and facilities, expert faculty and wide variety of educational programs8,000 educational programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
6 Application Process Clinical Residency International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) to obtain certification from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)Testing for this certification may be begun while still in medical schoolThough IMG’s must receive final medical diploma before being actually certified.
8 USMLE -Step 1 Basic sciences Anatomy, microbiology, pathology, etc. Students must finish 2 years of medical schoolEight hours, 350 multiple choice questions divided into seven 60-minute blocksPassing score: 75 percent received 6 weeks after testFees: US$ 645Practice CD Rom sent by ECFMGExam administered all year round at Amideast Abu Dhabi and DubaiStudents should apply for a three-month Eligibility period after receiving the official scheduling permit
9 USMLE - Step 2 Describes clinical situation Internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, etc.Not more than twelve months to graduate9 hours, 400 multiple choice questions divided into eight 60-minute blocksPassing score: 75 percent received 6 weeks after testFees: US$ 645Practice CD Rom sent by ECFMGExam administered all year round at Amideast Abu Dhabi and DubaiStudents should apply for a three-month Eligibility period after receiving the official scheduling permit
10 USMLE Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) Reasons for introducing the testClinical skills and English11 stations, ten are scoredEight hoursPass or FailFees: US$1,200Student or graduate from a university listed in World Directory of Medical SchoolsCan be taken after Step1 and TOEFLApplications on an ongoing basisLocation: ECFMG CSA centers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia.
11 ECFMG Certification Requirement Clinical Residency What is ECFMG?Pass USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 -scores valid for seven yearsPass TOEFL with at least 213 (computer-based) and 550 (paper-based) – scores valid for 2 yearsPass Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) – valid for three yearsGraduate of a medical school listed by World Directory of Medical Schools
12 Investigating Options Clinical Residency Consult the Graduate Medical Education Directory, published by AMA database (FRIEDA) on for residency program search and statisticsCorrespond with programs of interestObtain information on salary, length of appointment, elements of program, hours of duties and provision of health and professional liability insurance1- Apply directly to programs of interest using their application forms OR2- Apply electronically using Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) – Required by majority of programs.3- Optional: Apply to the National Resident Matching Program** Must pass all ECFMG exams by January 1st of the residency year
13 Non-Clinical Study Graduate academic programs (Masters, Ph.D’s) Medically related fields – not involving patient careNo ECFMG certification requiredTOEFL and GRE are requiredExamples: Masters in public health, health administration or hospital administration. Ph.D. in anatomy, microbiology, physiology
14 Short-Term Programs Non-degree programs Conferences and short-term coursesFrom one day to several monthsNo patient contact, No ECFMG certificationPotentially valuable programsExamples:Observe-type programsIntensive hands-on training in areas such public healthHandouts
15 ECFMG International Fellowships in Medical Education Selected international school faculty to study in a U.S. medical schoolPeriod ranges between six months and one yearAreas of study: educational methodology, curriculum design, evaluation systems, medical school governance…ECFMG arranges a match with a U.S. medical schoolApproximately 20 fellowships awarded annually
16 ClerkshipsMany international students are accepted to U.S. clerkships each yearTypes of Clerkships:1- Core Clerkships2- Electives
17 Core Clerkships Delivering medical care Participate in actual patient care management and decision makingSee patients under the supervision of licensed doctorLectures or discussionsTime intensiveOne to four monthsFamily medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, neurology, psychiatry, pediatrics and surgery
18 Electives Greater variety Better odds for acceptance Patient interaction:Primary responsibility for patient careDiagnostic/therapeutic plan under directionsHistories, physical examinations, diagnosis and therapeutic alternativesLimited or no patient contact:Information gatheringTherapy administration via sophisticated techniquesElectives in the basic sciences and other disciplines
19 Cost Clerkships Cost varies widely from one school to the other U. of Virginia does not charge tuition to its visiting studentsHarvard charges over $2,000 per month
20 Qualifications & Application Clerkships Final year of medical schoolSome might require USMLE testingMeet the admission requirements of the individual schoolCurrent transcriptRecommendation from home schoolFluency in EnglishUp-to-date immunization recordHealth Insurance
21 Finding a ClerkshipDetermine your selection criteria (subject area, location, cost, …)Browse the university catalogList of 125 accredited medical schools
22 J-1 Visa ECFMG Sponsorship: ECFMG issues IAP-66 ECFMG certifiedOfficial offer from a U.S. accredited programMOH Statement of needECFMG issues IAP-66ECFMG tracks the status of J-1 physiciansJ-1 visa information found on Embassy’s consular page