Is usmle worth it?
Ive completed my final year mbbs and Im just about to start my internship. I was interested in preparing for USMLE. I was going through the forum and now Im really confused.
I dont have any Lors nor have I done any electives or externships. I dont have any idea about any coaching institutes. plus, every year its becoming harder. also, it requires a lot of time and capital. But i really want to pursue a residency in psychiatry in the states. Do i have any chance or should i just give it up?
USMLE is not easy. From Indian perspective it becomes even more harder because there are 10 more life skills to be learnt like 'writing a perfect email', 'talking to the point and talking well', 'browsing through 1000s of websites to get bunch of email addresses', and 'writing a fantastic/strong Personal statement'.
Further even if you clear all the exams in first attempt you are looking at at least 1.5-2 years before you start applying.
Money: You should be ready to spend close to 10,000 US $ overall. (No exaggerations)
The choice for PG branches is going to be always restrictive. On one hand there are less difficult branches like Family medicine, anesthesia and on the other hand there are some branches which are so hard for IMG to get into that you can conveniently just forget the USMLE dream your branch happens to be one of them. Like, Dermatology, orthopedic surgery, General surgery.
At the end of all this, it's still a gamble. Mind you, I haven't touched other issues like 'prospects of settling in an alien Country, with alien language and alien food choices.'
Finally, tone of this reply might be pessimistic but final decision is yours. I recommend you sit for USMLE part I and take first experience for yourself. You will be able to decide better..