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No introductions needed, but I'll write it down anyways.


Been there, done that.


I am proud to say that I've finished all of the USMLE steps.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, all of them.  I joined the match not once but twice.  I had interviews and attended to each and every single one of them.  I had received rejections letters.  I joined the scramble.


And I was not accepted each and every single time.


Did I go through depression?  Yes.

Did I think that I did not do enough to make it through the Match?  Yes.

Had it ever crossed my mind that I was not good enough to be in the USA to become a doctor?  Yes.


Been there, done that.


This is the most common question I'm asked - "Why did you not try again for the Match?"


My only answer - "It is way too expensive, it takes up too much time, and I have already lost four years trying my luck to have my residency in the US."


A lot of people found it disappointing and disheartening.  A lot of money, time and effort were spent just chasing the American residency training dream, only to see them crash, fall and disappear for good; however, I cannot stay moping about it forever.  Or as the famous cliche goes, "crying over spilled milk".  What was done is done.


I did the next best thing.  I applied for a residency training in my home country.


But that didn't come easy too.  I chose from a lot of hospitals ranging from the famous to the unknown.  And guess what?


I got accepted in a not-so-famous, not-so-big, not-so-fully-equipped-with-the-latest-technology hospital.


General Surgery.




Looking back, if I were accepted in Family Medicine, Pediatrics or Internal Medicine, would I feel happy or fulfilled with the residency itself, not basing on 1) the fact that I am being trained in the US or 2) salary?


I really don't know what my answer is, but at least, I am now living my dream - a dream that's been knocking in my heart and head for the past four years that I spend in preparing for the USMLE.


Questions to those who were not accepted:

  1. What are you doing right now?
  2. Are you still trying for the USMLE?
  3. What is your threshold level to stop pursuing the American residency dream?

Wish me luck. :o)


Rah, MD is out, peace!  And IMGs rock! <3

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Comment by Abdulhadi Alkeylani on March 29, 2012 at 12:35am


Comment by Abdulhadi Alkeylani on February 24, 2012 at 8:53am

this is a long term plan, it needs a lot of patience 

Comment by Ramy Magdy on July 30, 2011 at 3:58pm

Liked what you said man.

Go ahead. Have peace

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