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Question What Can I Do While Studying for Steps?

I will graduate from medical school in June this year. I then plan to study and do the Steps after that.

During this period, I will be living in the US (specifically San Francisco). I understand that to get clinical experience in the US for IMGs, you need to have finished step 1, which I have not.

So my question is, in the many months it will take for me to at least complete Step 1, I am ready to give 2-3 hours for something that will add worth to my CV. What are my best options? Perhaps a course in BCLS, or BTLS, or something? Or just some voluntary work somewhere?

Any advice/experience is appreciated.
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Look for volunteering opportunities in hospitals around you.
Do online CME.
Do BLS and ACLS.
Look for research volunteer positions.

Also, not all USCE requires Step 1, many private clinics can take you for observership before you pass Step 1, work on your contacts and connections and try to get into some private clinic observership (even if few hours per week).

IMPORTANT: do not take too long studying for step 1, the longer gap in your CV the more difficult you get into residency later on.

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I haven't been to the forum in ages, but I still remember you Sabio. It is so cool to see you and StepTaker still around, being awesome as usual, much appreciated
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Look for volunteering opportunities in hospitals around you.
Do online CME.
Do BLS and ACLS.
Look for research volunteer positions.

Also, not all USCE requires Step 1, many private clinics can take you for observership before you pass Step 1, work on your contacts and connections and try to get into some private clinic observership (even if few hours per week).

IMPORTANT: do not take too long studying for step 1, the longer gap in your CV the more difficult you get into residency later on.
Well, I see from this thread that a lot of the people (including yourself) took a long time to give the step 1. I don't intend on taking that long max one year for both step 1 & 2.

What constitutes a significant 'gap'? Would I be correct in assuming that you and others, during the period of studying for step 1, were also doing something else like observerships?

Also, I do have contacts in the US, but I want to know...how do I get an observership? Can I just go and sit with them and get them to write me an LOR after a few months, or is it something I have to formally apply for through an agency and get it certified, or what?

Also, is it an issue if the doctors I know are of the same ethnicity? They are Americans, but their ethnicity of origin is the same, so does that affect anything? How would the PDs even know that their ethnicity is the same anyway? :P
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Look for volunteering opportunities in hospitals around you.
Do online CME.
Do BLS and ACLS.
Look for research volunteer positions.

Also, not all USCE requires Step 1, many private clinics can take you for observership before you pass Step 1, work on your contacts and connections and try to get into some private clinic observership (even if few hours per week).

IMPORTANT: do not take too long studying for step 1, the longer gap in your CV the more difficult you get into residency later on.

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Hi Sabio, I have done 3 electives in USA before I graduated , however I did only one IM elective and am hoping to get only one LOR(average one)
I am currently preparing for step1 . It will be almost a year of unemployment before I apply next sep. Do you think some voluntary job or job at a pvt clinic would look good on my CV? I do not have contacts at all. But I really really want to match at a reputed university .
What would you suggest me to do after step2? Do you think doing a research job and getting publications is better or I need to do an observership for the LOR? this is very critical now as I need to start planning and applying soon.
Thank you .
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Hi Sabio, I have done 3 electives in USA before I graduated , however I did only one IM elective and am hoping to get only one LOR(average one)
I am currently preparing for step1 . It will be almost a year of unemployment before I apply next sep. Do you think some voluntary job or job at a pvt clinic would look good on my CV? I do not have contacts at all. But I really really want to match at a reputed university .
What would you suggest me to do after step2? Do you think doing a research job and getting publications is better or I need to do an observership for the LOR? this is very critical now as I need to start planning and applying soon.
Thank you .
Anything you do other than sitting home is good. If you are looking for University programs then Research is better than observership, you'll get research LoR. If you are looking for community programs then observership and clinical experience is better than research.

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Anything you do other than sitting home is good. If you are looking for University programs then Research is better than observership, you'll get research LoR. If you are looking for community programs then observership and clinical experience is better than research.

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Thank you for the answer.
This might seem naive however I would like to know how exactly research helps in a university programme and clinical experience better in a community programme.
Also I feel I am less informed about the difference between these programmes. So please would you throw light on this too.
Thank you !

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