URGENT: does it matter where you do your clinical years?Watch
Could I get some advice on this issue- I'm doing my pre-clinical years of medicine (years 1-3) at a UK uni, but I'll be transferring to a US uni for the final 2 years. The US uni isn't that great, but does it really matter where I do those two years?
I hope to eventually practice in the UK. Please let me know what you guys think.
Technically I doubt it matters where you do it but you'd have to be doing something equivalent which that doesn't necessarily sound like. Why do you want to go to the US for those two years?
Thanks for the reply.
It's not recognized in all 50 states for that reason.
Sorry I think I might have been confusing- what I meant was the first 3 years of the course (which is 2 pre clinical and 1 clinical like in most UK unis) is done in the UK and the rest of the course (years 4 and 5) are done in the USA.
Do you think the UK would still take me despite doing the last 2 years abroad?
Also, if the clinical years don't turn out to be that great in the USA will that affect my job opportunities?
I freely admit that I therefore don't know much about it at all.
I would assume though that you would graduate with a degree from a US university?
And I wonder therefore whether you would be expected to do PLAB seeing as you are coming from a non-EU university?
It shouldn't affect your carrer.
Will you be back to graduate in the UK? I'm asking because you'll need to be ranked among your collegues' class to get the points assigned to the academic part during the access to the foundation programme.
Otherwise, if your universities - due to this exchange programm - can't calculate your decile, you risk to lose many points!
Furthermore the UK government subsidies each medical student a lot, so I imagine the universities would only be able to accept you with the anticipation you would qualify as a medical student within the UK. Are you paying international fees or are you a UK student? I ask partly because home students would obviously only pay £9,000 here, but the US course is much more.
Anyway, i've never heard of this happening at all. Why would you want to do your clinical years in the country where you are not planning to work anyway?
Southampton university does a course where German students study for 2 years in the UK, and 3 years in Germany but the students obtain a UK degree and have to fly back to the UK to sit all the exams. This was agreed between the 2 universities; not an individual student.
If you are intending to return to the UK, be warned that the GMC has not provided full qualification status to practice here in the UK to all of those schools. I'd check very carefully before going.
So, yes, it could matter where you're going. I'm not really sure of the benefit of going to practice in the U.S. if you want to work with British patients?
This course trains individuals with the aim of practicing in the US. It doesn't matter if the US medical degree is completed after a first degree. USA recognises medical degrees obtained outside of the USA, you simply need to take the USMLE.
OP note, the degree linked above if it is what you are talking about, will not get you GMC accreditation and is primarily targeted to individuals aiming to practice in the US.
EDIT: If you google around you'll find a forum which details entering the medical profession in USA as an international medical graduate; IMG. It has apparently become much more difficult.
If the degree is not EU/GMC accredited (probably) you would have to sit the PLAB to practice in the UK and if you did not have an EU passport, you would not be exempt from the resident labour market test. That would make training in the UK rather difficult.
From the brochure it seems to be GMC accredited as its a SGUL MBBS degree. If you don't hold a EU passport but graduate from a UK medical school you are exempt from the RLMT.