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Becoming a Doctor in the US

kaus123kaus123 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited August 2010 in India
Hi everyone,
Although I hold an Indian citezenship, I've lived outside of India for almost my whole life. I'm starting 12th grade in August and was planning to go the US to study medicine. However after some research I found out that its very hard for international applicants to apply to med schools in the US which in most cases is only possible if you hold permanent residency (doing undergraduation is perfectly fine). Even if you have that, exceptional results and sometimes proof that you can fund your whole med school education is required.
Has anyone else wanting to become a doctor in the US considered this? Has it put your career path in the US on hold or are you planning to get a permanent residency and get over this problem?
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Replies to: Becoming a Doctor in the US

  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 29,816 Super Moderator
    You realize that in the US, you do not apply from 12th grade to medical school (with rare special program exceptions), right? In the US, first you go to college, and during your 4th year, you apply separately to medical school. Going to college is no guarantee of getting into medical school.
  • kaus123kaus123 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Yea I do realize that, which is the reason why I put in brackets that doing undergraduation is perfectly fine (if you are an international student). This post is about what happens after completing undergraduation at college.
  • moneypmoneyp Registered User Posts: 773 Member
    well to solve that problem, try to get US citizenship while you are an undergraduate.
  • WaNdErEr202WaNdErEr202 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    ^lol, that's not as easy as you made it sound. :P
  • blue_boxblue_box Registered User Posts: 1,755 Senior Member
    well to solve that problem, try to get US citizenship while you are an undergraduate.

    That will take years and years.

    OP: Try doing your med school in another country, and then come to the US to work.
  • mitan_da1mitan_da1 Registered User Posts: 440 Member
    In order to get citizenship, you would have to stay in the US for the most of a given year for at least 7 years (given that you have your green card before that). It is easier to do med school in another country and then come to the US. But you have to take the very tough licensing exam which all US based med school teach around.
  • GrisamGrisam Registered User Posts: 2,007 Senior Member
    Actually, getting a green card would be useful.

    Granted, it took my family 8 years after coming to the US to get our green card (we came in 2000). We aren't eligible for citizenship until 2013 (5 years residency in the US qualifies me for citizenship).
  • Custardapple101Custardapple101 Registered User Posts: 774 Member
    yah but Grisam, even if you have your greeen card, they still call you a "permanent residence".
  • GrisamGrisam Registered User Posts: 2,007 Senior Member
    ^Which is hell of a lot better than being on a visa.
  • kaus123kaus123 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    So does that mean I will only be granted permanent residency after 8 years? That means that even if I start now, I will be done with undergraduation and then have to wait 3 more years to get into med school which I really dont want to do. I guess the only option is to come back to the US after completing med school from someplace else.
    Has anyone else faced this dilemma before on here?
  • Custardapple101Custardapple101 Registered User Posts: 774 Member
    Kaus123, getting green card is all about luck dude, if you apply as soon as you get here, then it might take to I don't know years but it took my family like 10 years for our green card when we first got to U.S. But I think you can also apply by EAD card or if you just have social security. I don't this that much.
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