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Old 09-27-2014
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Default Externship Vs Observership: Help?

Hi everyone..I am applying for match next year..I planning to do 3 or 4 obsies..I was planning to do a combination of externship and observership..But I came across in these forums that these paid externship with companies like Medclerkships..are not useful and Program directors dont approve of the externships which we do under them and the LORs we get from them dont have any value...Only observerships in a university hospital is better anyday ..Is that true??So should i do only observerships?But lot of ppl are again saying Observerships has lost its value...and the LOR u get from them dont have any value...so I m really confused

This year applicants kindly help me and give me your suggestions..

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Pros of Externship-
1. You can write your letter in most of them.
2. Processed very fast ..
Cons of externsip:
1. always in outpatient clinic
2. no residency program in that hospital if you have an hospital externship
Pros of Obsie
1. If done in a img friendly place u could match there.
2. University letter head.
Cons of obsie
1. generic letters

IMO, So you may want to do more observerships and less externships or even no externship is fine...
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Is externship legal? Do programs consider it as 'Hands on' USCE?
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depends on circumstances, I know some who get MA certs and then can do H&Ps and some hands on, its legal.
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