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Old 04-17-2013
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Is it worth doing a observer ship (for example shadowing a doctor in Family Medicine) if your planning to apply for Internal Medicine, maybe you can get a LOR out of it but would be of benefit considering the different specialty? I know its better than nothing but would you consider it worth the time and this goes for any 2 other specialties as well (ex. doing observer ship in one but applying for something else) obviously nothing so drastic as psychiatry and surgery but something in similar context?

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You have numerous alternatives that can help you become a competitive residency applicant besides Observership or Research clinical rotations.

"Non-clinical graduate work, such as research or observerships, does not qualify as clinical experience."
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"Despite student perceptions that research in medical school is an essential ingredient for a successful application to residency, our findings indicate that research experience ranks low among selection criteria when all specialties are grouped together. The NRMP also found that research experience in medical school did not differ significantly among U.S. seniors who matched in their specialties of choice and those who did not.1 This was consistent across competitive and noncompetitive specialties. It should be noted, however, that in our survey, program directors in particularly competitive specialties (radiation oncology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and dermatology) ranked research experience highly (Table 3). It may be that when all other selection criteria are outstanding among applicants to a particular specialty, research experience or research publications may help discriminate candidates."


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