US undergrad & med school vs UK direct med
I am a HS senior in CA and I hold dual citizenship for both the US and UK.
I am interested in pursuing medicine and I wanted to know if anyone has any experiences studying abroad in the UK and returning to the US (or vice versa).
I have fairly strong grades and a good number of significant/relevant extracurricular activities and am currently planning on applying to some 7 year programs within the US as well as medical schools in the UK and the UCs.
(I've already taken the UKCAT - barely missed out on 9th decile based on interim results, but should still be good enough to get at least interview and maybe offers hopefully? - I am applying to 2 London schools and a couple of the lower tier ones - not Oxbridge but probably Biology at Oxbridge as my 5th option on the UCAS)
My dad in particular is pushing for me to study in the UK, citing equivalent costs for an international student in medicine to an undergraduate student at the UCs, but I've heard that it's impossible to get a residency in the US when studying abroad. Top med schools in the US (ie the UCs which are already notoriously competitive), to my understanding, do not accept international degrees (such as doing undergrad in the UK and then coming home) and then even if they do, they stipulate that you gather 90 credits in the US of things like English which wouldn't be in the UK degree. In addition, they largely pull from a pool from CA students (but no guarantees of staying in Cali).
I've seen a lot of posts about American students studying abroad and struggling to find residencies in the US. Has anyone studied medicine here and applied for a residency in the UK and been successful? I haven't made up my mind where I'd like to live and I want to leave my options as open as possible.
I really do love London and the UK in general (total shameless anglophile) and I'm not really a picky person in terms of weather and type of school. I am simply looking for the best education I can get :)
Thanks in advance!