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mbbs in usa


Direct Admission :

For a direct admission to a USA top medical school, one needs to fulfill the following criteria-

  • Medical courses in Philippines are recognized and approved as an equivalent course to the MBBS.
  • One will need to clear IELTS/TOEFL, MCAT, NEET to apply for an admission
  • The highest scorers in MCAT will get an opportunity in the top medical schools in USA
  • Letters of recommendation

Admission through Caribbean

Apart from this one can also get admission through Caribbean, please refer to Section 6(i) for the same.

  • Apart from this one can also get admission through Caribbean, please refer to Section 6(i) for the same

MD – Medical Graduation in USA is termed ‘MD’ (Doctor of Medicine) and not ‘MBBS. Admission generally takes place in the month of September. Once enrolled in a medical school the four years progressive study is divided into two roughly equal components: pre-clinical (consisting of didactic courses in the basic sciences) and clinical (clerkships consisting of rotations through different wards of a teaching hospital). The degree granted at the conclusion of these four years of study is Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or, less commonly, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) depending on the medical school; both degrees allow the holder to practice medicine after completing an accredited residency program.

EXAMINATIONS - USMLE: For practising medicine in the USA, international medical graduates applicants have to pass through a screening test. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a screening test for medical graduates. The examination offers medical licensure in US and is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) - two important regulatory bodies in the USA. Both FSMB and NBME are not-for-profit organization representing the 70 state medical and osteopathic boards of the Country and its territories. Each state in the USA has its own medical licensing authority which sets rules and regulations as well as requires passing an examination for licensure for that state. Theses state medical and osteopathic boards use the common evaluation system conducted by the USMLE for applicants for initial medical licensure.

The USMLE is a three-step programme. The three steps of USMLE 2019 are Step1, Step 2- Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Science (CS) and Step 3. The initial steps, Steps 1 and 2, are taken when the student is in medical school and step 3 is taken after graduation.

Aspirants are required to apply for USMLE 2019 Step 1 & Step 2 through Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). For Step 3, the candidates are required to apply through the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).


STEP 1 & STEP 2(Clinical Knowledge & Clinical Science)–

  • Should be enrolled in or graduate of a medical school outside of the US and Canada, which is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Meets ECFMG certification eligibility criteria
  • Must meet eligibility requirements at the time of application


  • Clear Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS
  • Possess a degree equivalent to US and Canadian MD degree from a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Candidates who hold valid Fifth Pathway certificates issued through December 31, 2009 are eligible to meet Step 3 eligibility requirements for applications

Upon completion of medical school, physicians enter GME. The first year of training is typically called ‘internship,’. For the next few years, trainees are called ‘residents’ until they are eligible for certification in their specialty. Each of the specialties in medicine has established its own curriculum, which defines the length and content of residency training necessary to practice in that specialty. Programs range from 3 years after medical school for internal medicine and pediatrics, to 5 years for general surgery, to 7 years for neurosurgery. Each specialty training program either incorporates an internship year to satisfy the requirements of state licensure, or stipulates that an internship year be completed before starting the program at the second post-graduate year (PGY-2) All GME in USA has been structured around six competencies : Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism & System-based practice. Nearly all GME is accredited by the Accredition Council of Graduate Medical Education (www.acgme.org). After GME training, most residents and fellows will attempt to become board certified. The American Board of Medical Specialties (www.abms.org) houses the 24 major boards.

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Type of Residency :
There are 4 tracks within an internal medicine residency program: transitional, preliminary, categorical and primary care. It is best to choose the program that best suits one’s individual needs and goals.

Transitional programs rotate 1st-year residents through hospitals every 2–3 months. A transitional program counts as 1 year of training, but it may not provide enough credits to move to the 2nd year of training.

Preliminary programs are 1-year programs for those wishing to specialize and who need a year of internal medicine training.

Categorical programs are considered more traditional and hospital-based. These are 3-year programs that may allow residents to train up to board eligibility if performance is satisfactory.

Primary care programs provide increased emphasis on ambulatory care experience in the community and are becoming more prevalent. Those who are sure that they will be working as a generalist are advised to apply to a primary care program.

International medical graduates should submit applications to a minimum of 25 programs to have the best chance of being matched to a residency program.

Applicants must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which matches applicants and hospital residency programs according to individual preferences.

Studying medicine in USA is among the most expensive in the world. Depending on schools, the course fees vary between Rs. 10 Lakhs to Rs. 20 Lakhs per annum i.e between $20,000 to $40,000. Living Expenses are approximately $300 -$400 per month


Medical school typically consists of four years of education and training, although a few programs offer three-year tracks. Traditionally, the first two years consist of basic science and clinical medicine courses, such as anatomy, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, psychiatry, neurology. DO students also study Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1 of the medical licensing boards are taken at the completion of the preclinical phase of study. Please click on the below button to download the complete curriculum

Benefits & Future Prospects

  • Scholarships - Although study in USA is the most expensive but USA provides around $2-$3 million scholarships for students across the globe
  • Shorter course duration – International Students can also avail the facility of US Undergraduate program of 1.5 years before Graduation and therefore can complete Medical Graduation in 5.5 years only.
  • Affiliation - The medical degrees in America are MCI, WHO, ECFMG and MCC approved.
  • International Recognition - A medical degree from USA is Internationally recognized and entitles a candidate to practice medicine in any part of the world.
  • High Commercial Value - Doctors certified in USA can start earning between $2,00,000 - $3,00,000 from the first day of their practice.
  • No MCI Screening for practicing in India – Indians who study MD in USA are allowed to practice in India without any MCI screening test and also can seek employment opportunities without giving FMGE.
  • Free of charge Post Graduation Opportunity – All students who successfully complete MD in USA are entitled to pursue Post Graduation for any specialization they choose without any course few or supplementary charges
  • Stipend during Post Graduation – All Students undergoing Post Graduation in USA are also entitled to receive a stipend of $50000-$55000 annually till they complete their residency.