Hi Demola, I am currently studying for USMLE's since eight months ago full time. just another three month to finish the Kaplan course and then revision questions with the aim of sitting step one in April 2018. My background is, I am an Irish doctor who graduated in 2007. I worked as a locum in london for 4 years.I went into training in psychiatry in 2013 to 2015 and got MRCPsych. Since the end of 2016, I have been studying for step 1. My aim is to do psychiatry residency in Emory, Atlanta. By the time I will do residency, I will be 12- 13 years post graduation date. However there are no graduation cut offs in the hospitals I'm applying to down south. I aim to get good scores. I spoke with Kaplan advisors who said with MRCpsych and good scores, I have a good chance of getting a residency. What do you think, I hope I'm not wasting my time since the no of years of graduation is more than 10 years.
Hi all, just to give some background about myself and to see if anyone is contemplating the same. I am a 35 year old male psychiatrist working as a locum staff grade in London. I have MRCPsych. I graduated from medical school in 2008 and moved to the UK in 2009. In London, I worked as a locum SHO in psychiatry for 4 years. I entered CT2 TO CT3 training in London in 2013 and got MRCPsych, completing training in 2015. I decided to locum again until present. I have been travelling on and off during this time. I've decided to study for USMLEs now part time. I will stop work altogether in July 2017 and study full time over a 1 and 1/2 to 2 year period to pass all steps including step 3, funding myself from locum limited earnings. Ideally I would like to do psych residency in Atlanta or Texas. I do not wish to work in LA or New York competitive areas. The weather and people are pleasant down south! I was wondering if I am at a disadvantage compared to competing with fresh US graduates? or does it matter at all? Does it depend mostly on USMLE scores? I plan to get good scores as I will be studying full time. I did have to repeat my final year in medical school and do 2 to 3 attempts for the MRCPsych writtens but I hope this doesn't give me a disadvantage? All responses welcome...............