The medical school work is getting more do-able this semester; however the load work is adding on more and more. I stay consistent as I study every day. There is no reason not to study. As a student in the Caribbean the ECFMG will expect a bit more work from us than a US medical graduate. I called home recently and found out several of the students I went to college with, and who are married, just had babies. Others are just getting engaged or getting married. Sometimes I ask myself, which life will I have?
I question myself if I should have a family life or a life in which I concentrate on my career. Most of the time it’s not a matter of choice because I’m South Asian (Desi) and we are pressured to get married once we’re done with our education. I doubt I will have a family life due to my pursue of becoming a US Physician with a specialty/sub-specialty.
I called the Saint James Medical School headquarters in Chicago. They gave me a timeline of what needs to be done at what time span.
16 Months (Basic Science Courses)
3. Medical Ethics
4. Human Gross Anatomy
8. Medical Genetics
12. Pathology I
13. Pathology II
15. Physical Diagnostics Introduction
6 Months (Break)
1. Study for and write for the USMLE Step 1.
2. Submit PASSING score to the Chicago Office.
Wait several weeks for the rotation schedule to begin and to settle down to the location.
Core Clinical Rotations
1. Complete Elective Rotations
2. Apply for Residencies (National Match Program) and go to interviews.
3. Study and sit for the USMLE Step 2.
4. After PASSING the Step 2, you’re a MD Graduate.