Afghani MD now a PA and NP - page 2

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    I would list your md degree and would emphasize your interest and passion for nursing and health care. I wouldn't say anything about planning to be an np because they might not want to hire you for one year. Best wishes.

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    The system isn't perfect, but it is in place for a reason. If any foreign MD could just come over and work as an MD (or even a PA or NP) it would be dangerous for patients. The US has no idea what standards are in place for foreign educated Physicians or what practices are being used. If they were taught to US standards they should have no problem passing the USMLE and entering a US residency...otherwise I agree that they shouldn't be allowed to practice.
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    Quote from WendyEvans
    Hi everyone/anyone,

    I am sort of the same situation as well. I am a foreign-educated MD who failed the USMLE (US Medical
    Licensure Exam). Since my dreams as a doctor went kaput, I decided to go into nursing. I now have an RN degree
    and passed the NCLEX. I plan to work as an RN for a year and then go into grad school to get my nurse practitioner
    degree. I am now doing my nursing resume. When looking for entry level RN jobs, is it advisable to hide
    the fact that I have a MD degree on my resume? Should I NOT put my MD degree under education since it will reflect badly
    on me.

    Please respond promptly. Seeking advice
    You should list all your education in your resume including the overseas-obtained MD degree. You do not have a license to practice medicine in this country and you're applying for a nursing position for which you have a license to practice in. I don't see a reason why you should be discriminated upon. I have worked in places where some of the ER Techs, RT's, and RN's were IMG's who either did not pass the US medical licensure exam or could not match into a residency program and they have moved on to train in other allied health professions and are practicing successfully in their second careers.
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    I am an IMG and I passed the USMLEs and received certification from ECFMG. I was unable to obtain a residency. So I became an RN and now working on NP. When I was applying for RN job, I did put medical degree under education, but I did not put any working experience as physician.
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    WendyEvans,

    I just saw your post and really, I think you should be honest in your resume. You will be asked questions in interviews that may uncover the truth, or some of it and you'll end up in a bad light, anyway. If you went through a medical program abroad, I believe going to nursing school anywhere would be a cake walk. Thta's what future employers will be looking at...your knowledge base, skills and also, ability to blend into their corporate culture. If you have all or most of these, you failing the USMLE would be your employer's gain.
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    Quote from WendyEvans
    Hi everyone/anyone,

    I am sort of the same situation as well. I am a foreign-educated MD who failed the USMLE (US Medical
    Licensure Exam). Since my dreams as a doctor went kaput, I decided to go into nursing. I now have an RN degree
    and passed the NCLEX. I plan to work as an RN for a year and then go into grad school to get my nurse practitioner
    degree. I am now doing my nursing resume. When looking for entry level RN jobs, is it advisable to hide
    the fact that I have a MD degree on my resume? Should I NOT put my MD degree under education since it will reflect badly
    on me.

    Please respond promptly. Seeking advice
    Hello Wendy,
    I have a MD friend who went straight to MSN-FNP at C.Drew University, California after passing NCLEX. No experience necessary.
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    • Accelerated Combined BSN/MSN program for Foreign Educated Physicians

    Florida International University (FIU):
    Florida International University College of Nursing & Health Sciences created the nation's first Foreign-Educated Physician (FEP) nursing program in 2000. This pioneering program offers doctors from other countries, who are not practicing medicine in the U.S., the unique opportunity to reemerge in the healthcare industry – as nurses and nurse practitioners.

    Accelerated Combined BSN/MSN program for Foreign-Educated Physicians - FIU Online

    Maybe the Afghani MD did such a program and then moved on to a PA Program.


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