Externships, Observerships, Electives and their significance. What is the difference between electives, observership and externship for an IMG as you prepare for your USMLE journey and eventually a residency spot? Which one should you prefer, if you have the option? If you have these questions then read on.
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It is a very important step for having a successful match for anyone. They are not familiar with the structure, duties, responsibilities and training procedures. So it is a key to complete clinical rotations or get clinical experience within US.
Moreover clinical rotations can be the best place to get a letter of recommendation for your application. There are many forms of getting clinical experiences. You can also look for this type of opportunity into the internet. There are many institutions who allow electives for MBBS student.
This type of rotation may include direct patient care, didactics and also can give you ability to interact with other residence and attend. This type of elective can cost you money. It is better if you get a letter of recommendation from a good and reputed contact. Best possible time to complete this type of rotation is while you are a medical student.
Although there are many academic or medical schools will host international medical student IMGs , they may not invite international medical grads. As a student, if any malpractice or crisis situation arises, they will more likely to be taken care of by your host institution. This indicates you are a part of team of US resident and you also have the same duties US students have.
This will eventually help to prove yourself; you can prove yourself to others that you are qualified to be a physical within US. On the other hand, if you are not familiar with the ward structures of US medical teams, you will be able to learn about the structure, function and cultural aspects of US medical by giving the excuse of being a student.
Usually residents understand that student will do more mistakes rather than trained physical due to their knowledge gap. But if you are already a practicing physician, with the completion of Medical degree outside of US, it is still important for you to do rotation at US institutions. This will be counted as your clinical experience. This has some advantages like you can earn some money and on the other hand, you can form some good contacts.
There are some downsides too; it can be costly to get qualified and also you may not be able to get a letter of recommendation. Some programs have some sets of requirements e. USCE can get you letter of recommendation as said earlier from US physicians for clinical expertise, which will make your application strong. USCE also gives you the chance to make some contacts. You should know why we are giving importance on making good contacts.
Contacts can play a very important part for you to get residency interviews and match. If you get LORs from the physicians who are familiar with the program director, you will get more familiar with the program director, which is very helpful. You should set up your goals to- Learn and understand the US medical training system. Present yourself as a highly skilled team member.
Learn more about the medical specialty you are doing rotation on. Work, Work and Work During your rotation, take chances as much as possible to see more patients, take more calls, and study more articles and published research. Make sure that you are the best in your rotation. Also make sure that you come early on every meeting, rounds, and experience sharing or leering sessions. Try to be well prepared and knowledgeable on every chance you get. It is possible that your attendance might be noticed, that you are working hard.
If you get a scheduled afternoon or day off, ask your attending if they have any other clinic where you could attend. It is very common that the Attending Physicians may have their own personal clinics or some personal clinical duties. They would be delighted if they can get some extra help. If no other option is available, go to the library and read about your patient as well as about others too.
You may be asked about your opinion on other patients. There are additional sources of educational experience that a medical student can obtain. Each one of these can add to the experience an IMG has, and help them be better candidates to match into a residency program of their choice.
Types of USCE
It is a very important step for having a successful match for anyone. They are not familiar with the structure, duties, responsibilities and training procedures. So it is a key to complete clinical rotations or get clinical experience within US. Moreover clinical rotations can be the best place to get a letter of recommendation for your application. There are many forms of getting clinical experiences. You can also look for this type of opportunity into the internet. There are many institutions who allow electives for MBBS student.
Explaining Clerkships, Observerships, and Externships for Students and IMGs
This blog will secure you the list that contain all the programs in the US that offer such experience for FMGs. These usually include shadowing of attendings in the US and getting letters of recommendations to be used in the ERAS application for residency. Electives are usually done in university programs which have medical students and are usually done during a certain period of the year. To be elegible for electives you must be a medical student.