MBBS/MD in USA
It’s a common dream to study MBBS in USA for Indians. However, the system to pursue medical study in USA is absolutely different than the one followed by most of the European-like Russia / Ukraine / Georgia or Asian countries like China or Philippines. The first question that comes to the mind of the student is how to study MBBS in USA. After completing PG in USA a student does not have to give any exams to practice in India. There are many options for completing your MBBS in abroad at an MCI approved University.
Kyrgyzstan State Medical UniversityKyrgyzstan
Ryazan State Medical UniversityRussia (B Grade)
Ivano Frankovsk Medical UniversityUkraine
Nanjing Medical UniversityChina (B Grade)
Jilin UniversityChina (B Grade)
Pirogov Russia NRM UniversityRussia (A Grade)
Huazhong University of Science & TechnologyChina (A Grade)
University of LodzPoland
Spartan Health Science UniversityUSA
Indian Private Medical CollegesIndia
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We represent more than 35 Medical universities from various countries. Though studying medicine in America is an expensive proposition, it is still beneficial to the Indian students and costs lesser than Indian private medical colleges! Let us understand the program carefully.
HOW TO DO MBBS IN USA
In order to get the direct admission in MBBS in USA, the student should have studied the Pre-Medical course leading to Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program before attempting to study further in medical colleges in USA. The medical education system is well defined by USMLE (Unites States Medical Licensing Examination)).
The standard route to MBBS in USA
Every year, huge number of students from USA and international arena give MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), an entrance exam for MBBS in USA to get the admission to top medical colleges in USA. There are more than 350+ medical universities in USA. The exam is monitored and scores are released by AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).
All these universities are funded by the US government. However, just like India, it is highly competitive to get through MCAT. All the local students give this exam to get admission to the top medical schools in USA. Accordingly, getting a MCAT score to get into the state medical universities is also the aim of every American appearing for MCAT. You can give MCAT after completion of Pre-Medical course. This is an extremely difficult way and quite an expensive road map to pursue MBBS in USA. You may download Brochure for MCAT exam in case you wish to take this route.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR ADMISSION TO MBBS IN USA
Just like India, all the local medical aspirants find it difficult to find their place in the best medical schools in USA through MCAT. The cost of top medical universities in USA, mainly in private medical colleges, is extremely high just like in India. Hence, MBBS colleges in USA for Indian students built in Caribbean Islands have become a popular route by now. The USA medical college fees comes down drastically once they follow this route to initiate the route for medical colleges in USA. The universities in Caribbean Islands provides education only for the first 3.5 years – 4 Trimesters (leading to B.S. Degree till USMLE-1 Exam) and balance 6 years would be in the mainland of USA. You may apply for admission to MBBS in USA with Scholarships since it is available for Indian students at Spartan Health & Science University.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION & ROADMAP TO COMPLETE MBBS IN USA.
The National Board of Medical examinations is responsible for conducting various examinations and allowing you to become a licensed medical practitioner in USA. They have divided the process into 3 steps to complete this process.
Eligibility to appear for USMLE:
A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of the US or Canadian medical school program starts with the MD degree that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
Any medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada and eligible for examination by the ECFMG – Indian MBBS students after completing their 2nd year.
A medical student officially enrolled in, or a graduate of a US medical school starts with the DO degree that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
STEP – 1
On completion of this B.S. degree (conducted for 4 Trimesters – 16 months), the students have to go through 4 years of Bachelor level program leading to M.D. degree. On completion of the first 2 years of this course (Basic Science stage), the students from various top medical schools in USA need to give another competitive exam namely USMLE-1 The student quality filtration begins at this stage.
The next 2 years spent in the hospitals and is also called Clinical Rotation (Also named as Externship / Clerkship) to get the Bachelor degree. The MD degree is equivalent to MBBS in USA and is not equivalent to PG in India. (Do not get confused with the nomenclature) MD Degree is also not sufficient for you to practice as a medical practitioner in USA. The student would give USMLE-2 (CK and CS) at this stage. The system is same even if you are studying in top medical university in USA.
STEP – 2 (STEP 2 CK AND STEP 2 CS).
On completion of the first 4 years program & USMLE 2, the students have to pursue PG level program (Also called as Residency). USMLE Step 2 CK is an online exam. The student can appear from across the world. The last part i.e Step 2 CS is a practical exam and needs to be given in US. Generally, all the students from the top medical universities in USA pass this exam without much problem since it is not a competitive exam. Step 2 is just a qualifying exam.
STEP – 3.
The doctor of Medicine would need to work in a hospital for 3 to 6 years (On average it is 4 years except for surgical – MS degree). The number of years depends on the specialization chosen. Finally the students give licensing exam namely STEP – 3 (Licensure exam) to become eligible to work as a doctor or a medical practitioner in USA. This completes the program of MBBS degree in USA along with the PG level program. On completion of this the Indian students can work in India as well as in USA.
Accordingly, the total MBBS course duration in USA is around 9 years assuming that you cleared all your exams in first attempt. The exams are conducted by NBME (National Board for Medical Examinations). This board is around 101 years old and has been responsible to filter the capable students to reach the highest standards of MBBS in USA.
Benefits of MBBS Admission in USA for Indian Students.
Though among all other options, the medical colleges in USA for Indian students looks to be the most expensive medical program. However, in reality studying at the medical college in USA happens to be the best, optimum and the most economical program.
- The Medical Council of India (MCI) permits a doctor to practice without MCI screening Test for those Indian students who have cleared MBBS in USA.
- The doctors earn US$ 3,500 to US$ 5,500 during residency in USA (4 Years) making the total cost of the program as ZERO! This is during their residency itself. This way, MBBS in USA for Indian students fees becomes less than Indian costs! There are no capitation fees for PG while in India, it costs more than Rs. 2 Cr. for an approved program. In fact you earn SOME stipend during this period. It is not easily believable fact for an Indian student dreaming to pursue education at a top MBBS colleges in USA.
Some Added Benefits
- The average salary of a licensed doctor in USA is more than US$ 200,000 per year in any of the hospitals.
- The MBBS duration in USA is matching with Indian program till PG level.
- From 23rd April, 2016, the government of India has notified that “NORI” (No obligation to Return to India) certificate will not be issued by them if you choose to pursue MBBS in India and MD in USA. Hence, it is better to pursue the program in medical colleges USA, right from the Bachelor level.
PROGRAM FORMAT FOR INDIAN STUDENTS 2018.
Since the Indian students opting to study MBBS in USA do not appear for MCAT (since they have not completed their B.S. degree in India), they need to do their first 3 years including Pre-Medical and Basic Science program at St Lucia Islands at medical universities (Listed by USMLE). From there onward, they move to the mainland of USA for 6 years up to the MD / MS in USA to conduct the Clinical Rotation at the top hospitals affiliated with the University as well as PG level residency. A student is prepared for MCQ based USMLE Step 1 during this 3 years program and the board conducts exam for them at the end of their first 3 years. This is the main competitive exam for the students. Generally, Indian students are able to crack this due to their educational skills gathered in India. During this 3 year programs, there are special MBBS scholarship in USA.
EARNING BACK IN PG WHAT YOU SPENT AT MBBS LEVEL.
During Residency (PG Level) You start earning around US$ 3,500 to US$ 5,500 depending on the hospital as the stipend for the next 4 years which takes care of all your living cost + gives back the money that you spent during the Bachelor program. This is the best part of doing Medical program in USA. The total duration of MBBS in USA is thus around 9 years up to PG level, just like in India to take 8.5 years. Many students feel that the cost of studying MBBS in USA is very high. However, the reality is your overall medical college fees in USA is ZERO up to PG. The initial cost of bachelors is higher compared to the other countries such as China, Russia, Ukraine etc. Since the cost to study in indian private colleges is very high, it makes more sense to do MBBS and PG in USA fro indian students.
Through MD in Philippines.
More than 2,000 Indian students are stranded in the Philippines due to NMAT. Most of the low quality medical colleges in Philippines take more than 200 students for Pre-Medical program. Out of them only 50% actually pass NMAT exam. NMAT is the qualifying exam to enter MD program in Philippines.
The medical colleges have limited capacity for intake to MD level programs for international students. Accordingly, only 25% of the Indian students who passed NMAT are able to get a seat in medical program. The students are requested to go through the “Advisory issued by Indian Embassy given below to ensure clarity. Do not fall prey to wrong intentions of the agents.
Accordingly, this route is also not advised to the Indian students.
HOW TO GET RESIDENCY IN USA AFTER MD PROGRAM?
Applying for the residency in USA is a tedious process. ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign medical graduates) in USA supports you with an on-line system. ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System) guides you to apply for residency once you have completed your MD level.
There are different government organizations which match your profile with the existing residencies available throughout USA. One of the most prominent ones of these is NRMP (national Residency matching program).
During the residency in a teaching hospital, you would give USMLE Step 3 exam. Clearing this exam allows you to get the license to practice medicine in USA. This completes your target!