I have decided I am going to the Philippines to study med and then head to the States for Neuro or psychiatry. I am not US, I will be a FMG as I am British aged 48 by completion of med training.
I want to go for Neuro or Psychiatry.
This is a “what are your thoughts and opinions on how my experience could help or hinder me?” question.
I understand good USLME scores are essential. I am wondering will my experience, although limited, help in a match.
Note: None of my experience is from US its all from the UK and Australia. Will this be an issue come residency matching?
I do understand that compared to some applicant threads I have read that I don’t have a lot of experience.
I am near completion of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, similar to a PsyD. Have a MSc Psychology- Commendation.
Supervised clinical experience:
6 months training as a High Intensity CBT therapist employed by the NHS in a paid trainee position (IAPT great experience for anyone who is interested) worked from GP surgeries, caseload 20 client sessions per week over 3 days per week (I know) 500 sessions total.
During my Clinical Psych Doc training: 1 yr in Counselling centre, 8 months in Univ Psych clinic, 8 months in Addictions centre, 3 months in Mental Health, 5 months in Community Psychology Clinic. 6 months working for an organisation which offered support for neglected children. Over 3000 professional practice hrs. 6 months employed p/t in private Psychlogy practise. Well over 1000 face to face. Research is in Addiction. Spent 12 months carrying out research in a rehab and the AA. I have been an assistant psych tutor on a uni med program . I have ran regular presentations for chronic disease patients on behaviour change.
3 months volunteering with stroke patients
Volunteered on hospital wards just talking to patients getting tea and buscuits
Observed in stammering centre 1 month
Volunteered as a library assistant in a neuro research centre
8 months employed in Drugs Diversion. Owned operated stress mgt business 2 years, approx 500 face to face hrs.
The main questions are:
- None of the above in the US all in UK and Australia. Will that be a problem? .
- Am I competitive for neurology?
Cheers and any advice would be much appreciated