How To Make It In America - A Course for UK Medics

Sep 16 2017 09:00 - 17:00

Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Union, SW7 2BB London

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of Junior Doctors yearning to breathe free.”

How To Make It In America offers a step-by-step guide through the entire process of transitioning from medical school/ junior doctor training in the UK to Residency in the United States.

Have you been considering alternatives to the medical training pathway in the UK? You’re not the only one. Even prior to the last few years, many medical students and junior doctors had considered whether or not transitioning their medical career to another country was the right move for them. Now, in this era of unprecedented poor treatment of medical professionals in the NHS, there is a growing tidal wave of medics wanting more information on this process. In this full day course, Dr. Usama Syed, a graduate from Imperial College London (2016), will talk through each and every aspect of making this transition.

Dr. Syed was offered an Academic Foundation Program position at St Thomas’ Hospital in London upon graduation, but decided to turn this down in pursuit of American residency training. Having applied for residency in the application cycle that just concluded in March 2017, Dr. Syed’s experiences and advice are entirely relevant and up-to-date.

• Step 1 score: 262
• Step 2 CK score: 264
• Step 2 CS: passed at first attempt (no score)
Successfully matched at Mount Sinai Hospital's Dermatology Residency Program in Manhattan, New York

Dermatology is one of the most competitive specialties to match into in the United States, so Dr. Syed’s successfully implemented advice will provide the best possible foundation for any interested applicant to match, regardless of their chosen specialty!

Below are some of the questions that will be answered in the full day course:

• What are the pros and cons of a medical career in the United States compared to the United Kingdom?

• What made you decide to turn down an AFP for F1? What are the long-term ramifications of leaving without completing F1?

When should I have made a decision about whether or not I want to move to the US?

• What is ECFMG? How do I register? How long does this take?

• What is NRMP and what is ‘The Match’?

• How many Step exams are there and what topics are covered in each one?

When is the best time to sit the Step 1 exam during my medical education here in the UK? What is a good Step 1 score? How long do I need to study for it? What are the resources you used, and how best should I use them?

• What is the difference between the Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK? What is a good score for these? How do I prepare for them? How long should I leave for that?

• What is the Step 3 exam? When do I need to take this?

Do I need to do a U.S. elective? Where are the best places to do an elective? What is the difference between clinical electives, subinternships and observerships? Are some better than others?

• What are letters of recommendation? How many do I need? Can I get them from doctors here in the UK?

• How much does the whole application, from start to finish, cost?

• How many different specialties can I apply for? What are the realistic chances of an ‘International Medical Graduate’ successfully getting the different specialties?

• How does ‘the Match’ work?

• What were your interview experiences like? Should I send additional emails to programs outside of my normal ERAS application?

• What are the visa related difficulties when it comes to moving to the United States? What are the different types? What are the pros and cons of each type? What are the U.S. consulate visa interviews like? How can I get a green card later down the line?

By the end of this course, you will have authoritative and detailed answers to all of these questions from a doctor who has just successfully finished going through this entire process. There is no other course like this available in the U.K. Other organisations offer seminars for hundreds of pounds on simply one Step exam!

This course offers a start-to-finish detailed exploration of the entire process of U.S. Residency application for:
• £60 per person OR
• £100 for a 'pair ticket' that allows entry for 2

*** A small number of 'early bird' tickets are available for a discounted fee! ***

Based on the level of detail in the course, this may not be suitable for those with a vague or small interest in transitioning to the United States. The content may be overly detailed for such an audience so please consider this before booking.

If you are serious about making the move to residency training in the United States, then we look forward to seeing you on Saturday September 16th 2017 at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London Campus. Tickets can be purchased on this website.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact using the link below the event name at the top of the page!

General Admission


Pair Ticket


Early Bird