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Overview

A STUDENT TO STUDENT GUIDE

Become a doctor in America!

How to:

* Obtain your US medical license by passing the USMLE, CSA, and TOEFL

* Find the residency position you want

* Get a Visa

* Move to and live in the USA

* Adjust to American medical practice and culture

* Survive the residency

" . . . . (an) excellent book for any IMG who needs to know about the US system of medicine. I just got into a residency program and this book has taken care of all my questions. I feel more confident going into uncharted territory."

An online reviewer from Central America

"This is one of the rare medical books that I did not want to put down after starting. The book gives high-efficiency tips on doing well in USMLE, CSA, English exam, residency, and even discusses the cultural issues that nearly all IMGs face."

An online reviewer from Chicago

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO

SUCCEED IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

* How to get a driver's license

* Obtain a Social Security Card

* Find housing

* Open a bank account

* Buy a car

* And much more

A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FACTS, TIPS, AND ADVICE FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES WHO WANT TO COME TO AMERICA

* The details on getting a Visa

* How to prepare for the USMLE, CSA, and TOEFL

* Residency applications and interviews made simple

* The ins-and-outs of medical practice in the USA

* What you should know about American language and culture

* All in a clear, user-friendly format

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071385329
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/18/2002
  • Series: First Aid Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 295
  • Sales rank: 1,402,252
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

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Table of Contents

1. Evaluating YourselfFour categories of IMGs: where do you belong? Out of touch with medicine for a while? Why do you want to go to the US? Goal setting2. Getting to the United States“Achieving” the visa—strategic movesRefusal of visaTypes of visaAbout Form DF-1563. Preparing for the ExamsWho needs to take the exams? Obstacles facing IMG ExamineesComputer based testing (CBT)Long vignettes: A method to the madnessA Few Last Things to Remember4. USMLE Step 1Eligibility criteria for step 1What is WHO World Directory of Medical Schools? Medical education credentialsApplication processStep 1, the examPass/fail statisticsCourse outlinesTopics likely to be overlooked by IMGsWhat if I fail? 5. USMLE Step 2Eligibility criteria for USMLE 2Application processStep 2, the examPass/fail statisticsCourse outlinesWhat if I fail? 6. English Exam (TOEFL)Importance of having a good grasp of EnglishPros and cons of computerized TOEFLApplication processSchedulingTOEFL, the testPreparing for TOEFL7. Clinical Skills Assessment ExamStated purpose of CSAIssues surrounding the CSAWho needs to take CSA? Eligibility criteria for CSAApplication processScheduling the testScheduling strategyTiming the application for a visaMaking your travel arrangementsCSA, the examWhat is a SP? Things not to do while working on each caseScoring componentsStep-by-step approach to doing well on the CSAUse of abbreviationsNot sure of your command of English? 8. USMLE Step 3RegistrationSchedulingComputer based testing (CBT)ComputeresePass/fail statisticsStep 3: The examCCS, an introductionPreparing for the exam9. Getting into a Residency ProgramThe problem of low scoresApplication processChoosing among the programsInterview process10. Building Your NestGetting a Social Security numberA thing called credit historyFinding a place to liveObtaining a driver’s licenseArranging for telephone serviceGetting your wheelsLining up car insuranceOpening a bank accountEnrolling in a health insurance planFinding your compatriotsGetting to know your town or city11. Survival SkillsYour first month in residencyFrequently asked questions on an on-call day (or night)Learning to function as a public relations (PR) personDealing with the members of your teamSurviving the ICU rotation12. Getting Through the ResidencyHistory taking, American stylePhysical examinationH&P and daily progress notesElectrocardiography (EKG)The Mentor ProgramHow to get the maximum out of a rotation? Clinical examination testEvaluation13. Some Distinctive Features of the Practice of Medicinein the United StatesEthics, patient rights and legal issuesEvidence based medicineComputers in medicine14. The Second Year of ResidencyFellowship huntingBecoming a senior residentResident as teacher15. The Final YearGetting ready to go back homeContinuing with a fellowshipJob huntYour visa typeYour job optionsAn IMG’s job huntCPT tanglesYour Contract—the fine printBuying a houseMovingBoard certificationLicensing boardsPolishing the rough edgesAppendixImportant Organizations and AgenciesWeb Addresses

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