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    Overseas Applicant Motivations

    Hi everyone,

    I have recently been contemplating about medicine as a career and have come across some overseas applicants here who wish to study medicine in Pakistan.

    For those overseas applicants who aim to do their residencies in the USA - why are you pursuing medical school in Pakistan? Don't you feel that as an IMG you will be at a disadvantage once applying for residency in the USA?

    I ask these questions as I have been following this website, student doctor network, and people there are quite pessimistic about IMG chances of getting USA residency.

    Any thoughts?
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    I think the main reason people do it in Pakistan is due to the cost. There is a huge difference between studying in Pakistan and US/UK. Also probably as compared to the US, the total time taken to graduate is 2-3 years less if I'm not wrong. It could also be due to parents but it's probably very unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill006 View Post
    I think the main reason people do it in Pakistan is due to the cost. There is a huge difference between studying in Pakistan and US/UK. Also probably as compared to the US, the total time taken to graduate is 2-3 years less if I'm not wrong. It could also be due to parents but it's probably very unlikely.
    And people land residencies in the US easily upon graduation? Coz that's the endgame right.
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    At the end it comes to how well the person has done in their STEPS. But no doubt it is harder to get residency as a IMG.
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    Yea that's true, the STEPS are what matter most. Wonder how the STEP 1 going Pass/Fail will effect IMGs going forward.
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    Its extremely hard (impossible basically) for an IMG to get into a surgical or any competitive residency in the US. The popular fields for IMGs are internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, or neorology.
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    Yes most of the people I have heard of enter internal medicine. Few people get into surgery.
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    If I take the Sat II Test, Do I have to take the entrance exam or do just need SAT II if I am an oversees student going for NUMS MBBS?
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