Step by step
Many doctors are lured to the United States to practise medicine. But getting there is a drawn out and costly process, as Katherine Brazzale explains
I am immensely proud of the fact that I survived my gruelling house officer year in the United Kingdom and became a fully registered member of the General Medical Council. I am also proud of the fact that throughout medical school I had not had to resit a single exam. However, my life has since become more complicated following my liaison with an American. I decided to embark on the lengthy paper trail that would lead to a license for a residency position in the United States.
The whole process began with acquiring certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, to enable you to take the United States Medical Licensing Exams. This involved getting transcripts from my university - a complete breakdown of my grades and reports over the duration of the course, a dean's letter (sealed), copies of my medical school diploma, and a “certification statement” signed