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- By: Matthew Thompson, Rodger Charlton, Philip Crockett
More than 3400 graduates of UK medical schools currently practise in the United States; many hold positions in clinical practice, research, teaching, and academia. The States “imports” many thousands of doctors each year to fill their residency (or postgraduate training) positions--many of these doctors choose to stay after they complete their training.
In general, graduates of UK medical schools are highly sought after by directors of residency programmes and academic institutions. Deciding to work in the States will take about 1-2 years to jump through all the hurdles; advanced planning is really essential.
For those wanting to do clinical work in the United States, you need to pass several interrelated steps to fulfil state and federal regulations for practising medicine. These can seem frustrating and unnecessary to those who have been in practice for a while and especially if you are just planning on spending a year or less in