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i know it is hard to find residency . so i have to make clerckship . but can i find residency without clerckship with knowledge of english russian german and turkish languages ? i will write them in cv . i have heard that it is good for doctors speaking more than 1 language , because there are a lot of non english speaking people in usa
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It's always good to know several languages. But the level of its benefit would depend on the area/location of the program. If that area has a heavy population of non-English speaking german and Turkish population, obviously this will work in your favour.
If it a Spanish speaking area (like mijority of the usa) then it's really of little to no use when it comes to giving you that extra edge just on the basis of number of languages you're fluent in.
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LOL. let me see If I understand your reply. You are telling him that considering there are a lot of spanish speaking people in the US, so knowing Spanish is of " little to no use" I am laughing right now, it is like saying that knowing English is of little to no use , since all the US speak English. what don't you just say you don't know ? If a program director is going to take your language skills into account he/she would certainly take into account the language spoken by the vast majority of the patient population who are going to take care of. so Turkish vs Spanish . Spanish is definitely more important than turkish or russian, or french as it is basically the second language in the US. I speak french, spanish and i honestly believe my Spanish language skill is more valuable then french when dealing with the US population. but of course this is just my logical thinking since i am no wanna be director
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thank to you both . so , will director take me , if i have the same score in usmle steps as my rival and my rival have done clerckship , but i haven't done clerckship, but speak , for example, spanish german russian turkish english ? or the priority of clerckship is above than several usefull languages for that place ? i know german(not fluently) and basics of spanish , and if it does matter for residency , i will improve them , learn spanish . but of course , first of all I must study hard for usmle steps
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Look elmuchacho, no one knows. Now is speaking several languages an advantage, it is. and you don't need me or any one to tell you that. Is it something some program might consider ? most certainly, why? there is a place for it in your application at myeras. again you don't need me to tell you that. In this forum you will hear all kinds of theories, the truth is no one has a clue. So my friend, if you can learn 50 languages do it, if you can find clerkship then do it too. if you can score high do it. Good luck man !
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LOL. let me see If I understand your reply. You are telling him that considering there are a lot of spanish speaking people in the US, so knowing Spanish is of " little to no use" I am laughing right now, it is like saying that knowing English is of little to no use , since all the US speak English. what don't you just say you don't know ? If a program director is going to take your language skills into account he/she would certainly take into account the language spoken by the vast majority of the patient population who are going to take care of. so Turkish vs Spanish . Spanish is definitely more important than turkish or russian, or french as it is basically the second language in the US. I speak french, spanish and i honestly believe my Spanish language skill is more valuable then french when dealing with the US population. but of course this is just my logical thinking since i am no wanna be director
Maybe you should read my response using a little more than 2 neurons, you would realize I was trying to say exactly the opposite of what you interpreted it as. wow.

I said, if its a Spanish speaking area... like the MAJORITY of usa... his turkish and german would be of little to no use. Why the hell would I say majority of usa speaks spanish and then say it would be useless if he speaks spanish. As you can see the OP doesn't mention that he speaks spanish.
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you should only say you don't know. It is always better than giving an answer like you some kind of an expert. What are you, a program director ? and even if you were a program director you could never speak for others.
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you should only say you don't know. It is always better than giving an answer like you some kind of an expert. What are you, a program director ? and even if you were a program director you could never speak for others.
First the issue was that you thought i was saying something else and mistook it for it's exact opposite. And now, the issue is that no advice should be given period. Amazing. What are you? a moderator? Who gives you the right to say who can and cannot give advice. You don't have to be a program director to state the obvious.

Areas where nobody speaks german or turkish or russian = No extra edge over other applicants

Areas with german, turkish, or russian speaking population = Extra edge over other applicants.

If you speak spanish = Extra edge over others who don't because Spanish is pretty much the second language of usa, just as French is to Canada.

You don't have to be a program director to decrypt this, or at least not in my opinion.
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you should only say you don't know. It is always better than giving an answer like you some kind of an expert. What are you, a program director ? and even if you were a program director you could never speak for others.
what a big help you are!!!
how would it help anyone if they asks questions in a forum and all everyone says is they dont know? Obviously the people asking these questions knw we're not PD's and in d same shoes as them. they want our opinion, it might be right, it might be wrong. Its their decision to take it or leave it.
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I think anyone with half a brain would have the capacity to give a logical advice such as this without having the title nor the experience of a "program director" under their belt.
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