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Old Jun 10th 2016, 11:08 am
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Hi,
I am a UK trained doctor looking at moving back to US- (US citizen) I grew up in Texas but went to medical school in England and have been working here for the last 6 years.
Are there any other UK trained doctors around that I could run a couple of questions by?
Thank you in advance!
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Old Jun 10th 2016, 12:05 pm
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I can try to help out.

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Old Jun 10th 2016, 12:18 pm
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Thanks! It is around residency and retraining, for Texas licensure I need 2 years of approved residency training, but all the programmes are 3/4 years, I was wondering if anyone had experience with this, as I would rather not have to complete an extra few years if avoidable.
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Old Jun 10th 2016, 12:24 pm
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I'm in New York, so unfortunately do not know about the specifics of Texas licensing. May be worth contacting the Texas Medical Board directly with details of all your prior experience and see what they say, however, there may not be a way around their requirements.

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Thank you, I appreciate your reply! I'll speak to someone at the Texas Medical Board and see if they have any insight.
Did you do your training in UK?
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No problem. I worked for three years in the UK before moving to the US for residency.

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Did you find a big difference?! I imagine it is a big change, I'm spending some time with a family practitioner there this summer to see how it is!
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The medicine is still the same. Main difference I found is that drug names and units for certain values e.g. glucose, creatinine are different so take time to adjust to. But overall the adjustment isn't too bad.

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Thanks! It is around residency and retraining, for Texas licensure I need 2 years of approved residency training, but all the programmes are 3/4 years, I was wondering if anyone had experience with this, as I would rather not have to complete an extra few years if avoidable.
Usually, as in 99% of the time, you need to start over here in the USA. Some hospitals in some states may recognize prior training, and give you a state license attached to that specific hospital only.

I know someone who was a surgical reg in the UK, obtained a fellowship at a place in Chicago and then after a couple of years doing that was admitted with advanced standing onto their residency program. He graduated from that residency and moved to another US state where he is now working as an attending.

If your intention is to relocate back to the USA, I would strongly suggest following the usual path here: apply for a residency program and see it through to the end.

The Texas two year thing means, in practical terms, you can moonlight (locum) after two years.
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Thank you! I don't want to be a long term locum, so a full residency makes sense. I suppose in the grand scheme of things 2yrs vs 3/4 yrs is nothing really!
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Not that this really applies to the OP, but it's interesting to read from a UK perspective.

A friend of mine, had 7 odd years experience as a general surgeon in Japan, she said basically anything from the neck down to the hips. When she moved here, she had to start from scratch, even though she speaks English like a native and much of the training was in English.

She never bothered.

Retrained as a tax accountant type person in the end, after trying her hand as a realtor and hating it.

Though tbh, I don't think she needs to work, she was already independently wealthy and she utterly crushed her ex in alimony on their divorce, which also tbh, was a fair result. He put a capital D in the word, dick.
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Thank you! I don't want to be a long term locum, so a full residency makes sense. I suppose in the grand scheme of things 2yrs vs 3/4 yrs is nothing really!
Do you have to go through a matching program like we have to do for veterinarians? Once a year everyone throws their hat in the ring and hopes they get what they were looking for.
That may impact when you can actually start work.
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Do you have to go through a matching program like we have to do for veterinarians? Once a year everyone throws their hat in the ring and hopes they get what they were looking for.
That may impact when you can actually start work.
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There is a matching program - takes place once a year - starts in September with you finding out where you match in March, before you start in July.

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Depending on what stage of training you are at, a route into the system has been for foreigners to do a fellowship and then find a job at an academic center.

I went the full residency route, and am about half way through (11 years after graduating in the UK!), but in my current dept, up to 1/3 of the faculty are foreign-trained, and a lot did just a 1-year fellowship as their way in.

Good luck!
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Depending on what stage of training you are at, a route into the system has been for foreigners to do a fellowship and then find a job at an academic center.

I went the full residency route, and am about half way through (11 years after graduating in the UK!), but in my current dept, up to 1/3 of the faculty are foreign-trained, and a lot did just a 1-year fellowship as their way in.

Good luck!
Thank you! I think I'm just gonna do the residency route as well.
My only concern is about years since graduation as lots of the programmes seem to have a limit to that. I've been working since graduation, no gaps, so wondering if the years since graduation are more to do with people who haven't been working?

Do you know where the best place to find information about the fellowship route would be?
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