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Working as a doctor in the USA

Posted in Lectures, My publications by Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli on October 4, 2008

Many doctors are attracted to working in the States for at least part of their careers. A UK doctor who has worked in the States for over five years shares his experiences.

View slides – presented by Mohammad Al-Ubaydli at the BMJ Careers Fair, London, on 4 October 2008.


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  1. Marie said, on January 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm


    I am a danish doctor and I am considering going to N.Y. to work as a doctor for many reasons no 1: my sister lives there.

    How hard is it getting jobs there? Will I Have to take the big exam, if it is only for 3 or 6 month my stay will last?
    I heard that all I need is a invitation fra a american hospital (in N.Y)?

    Hope you can help me.

    Best regards,


  2. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli said, on January 19, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Dear Marie,
    if you are planning to work as a clinical physician then your job is difficult – you must do the USMLE exams (from the beginning – non-US qualifications count for nothing). Also, you need an “invitation” from an American hospital, but this is difficult to arrange as it requires them to process a lot of paperwork and apply for a visa, which is time-consuming.

    Your other alternative is to get a research position. This is much easier, especially if you have skills that can be used in a laboratory, but it still takes a while for your visa application to process.

    In other words, this takes organizing and should not be a short-term plan.

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