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* Physician assistant program or PhD in something?
  dunya2009 - 10/15/18 02:06
  Hello Everyone!

I am an old grad. I passed USMLEs more than 7 years ago, but I didn't mach. In fact, my scores weren't that impressive. Things have gotten harder after having a family.

Which one do you guys think better to get into: Physician assistant program or PhD in something? I am a US citizen now.
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* Re:Physician assistant program or PhD in something
  pradoc - 10/15/18 15:29

Since you are a US citizen, there are a plenty of opportunities to consider.
Clinical research - Clinical trials are an area with an increase in demand for clinicians for a leadership role.
I am an FMG currently working in academia as a clinical trial scientist, I am associated with physician-scientist doing some amazing clinical research and hope that this would help or pave a path for my residency.

I came here on a student visa for a Master's in the clinical research program, which provided me a platform to explore the unknown fields in medicine. I don't have great scores but my associations and work experience have given me hope that low scores and attempts are not an end to residency.

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* Re:Physician assistant program or PhD in something
  dunya2009 - 10/15/18 18:09
  I did apply for clinical research jobs at a couple of hospitals but I wasn't accepted. I honestly don't know how this thing works. I feel like I should get a degree of some sort just for job security.  
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  gotmylicense2020 - 03/27/19 16:28


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* Re:Physician assistant program or PhD in something
  nandu@peds - 03/27/19 17:52
Dont lose hope for dreams. keep trying.
even i am old grad with PG in pediatrics from home country . even i am trying for residency in case if i dont match then second option for clinical research course. there are so many online course for clinical research. some of courses accept USMLE scores too. TOEFL must.
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* Re:Physician assistant program or PhD in something
  dreamz942 - 03/27/19 21:27
  nandu@peds can you please tell about the clinical research course in more detail. Do we need to go for a masters or get the certification?  
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* Re:Physician assistant program or PhD in something
  nandu@peds - 03/27/19 21:49
  email me.
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