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Old 08-30-2015
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Hey Guys
I have signed up for a paid externship with a doctor in Chicago. He has his own clinic where I will be getting most of my experience plus he visits the hospital once a week for in-patient care. I booked the experience for 4 weeks approximately a month and a half ago. I was told that I would work at his clinic and also visit with him in the hospital. But I just got an email for the company that the doc has now refused to offer inpatient experience. So I wanted to know should I still go ahead with it? or pick another attending who does offer inpatient experience? The company suggests that I should continue with him regardless because he has good previous reviews and is in with the selection committee.
This would be the only USCE on my application for the 2016 match but I have good scores.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-03-2015
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it depends ..if doctor is really on selection committee then find out. that can be very helpful. however if he is refusing now to take you to hospital what if he refuses to give a good letter? what does that say about the doctor? ask for refund and see if they are willing since they told you something else when you signed up. i always ask to speak to a doctor in the company so i know they understand what my goals are for residency.
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