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Hospital family medicine and pediatrics residency question

Can anyone please tell me how many months of electives r important for family medicine and pediatrics that will make my application look better n improve chances?

does electives even count in getting family mediicne or pediatrics residency or 1 month is enough with decent scores..

caz i have 2 months of electives in family medicine..1 month each in different hospital but i dont know if i should do both caz its getting very expensive for me..i dont kno if i should do 1 elective and leave other elective or u guys suggest me to do both????

please share ur views on this..thanks
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1 month elective with US LORs is more than enough for FM. Peds is bit competitive and requires previous experience as residency or externship. If you have above 95 scores on in both steps you might not need this extensive experience in peds, just a US LOR may be good. Don't waste your many on observerships, instead apply widely even to IM.
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thanx applicantguide, but i have a question what about for internal medicine?

do they require only 1 month of USCE or should i do 2 months? caz i wil b appyling to internal medicine too and i want to improve my chances..

and does electives in family medicine count towards clinical experience in internal medicine too? caz i heard fam medicine n internal medicine r both related...

also, for pediatrics dont they require electives to b specifically in pediatrics?

please help me out...thanks
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Usually pediatrics requires experience in pediatrics. IM and FM are related and either observership serves the other because most PDs understand the difficulty IMGs faces in getting observerships. Most IMGs do 1 month observership and they match however the more USCE you have the better chances you get.
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