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Old 08-15-2011
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Help Observership later turned into Externship ISSUE !!

I started off as an Observer at an ElectroPhys lab at a hospital..but later the attending that I was an observer under, allowed me to do some "hand-on" when he would do rounds on patients in the ward. I asked him to switch me to an "extern" instead and he said "sure".... but when I registered initially with GME (Graduate Medical Education) office.. I signed all the doc's that said I am an Observer. No HIPPA/privacy policy doc's were signed. Even the hospital badge said observer..and it never got changed because no matter how many times I requested...people were always occupied to take care of this issue until my time expired there. His LoR mentions I am an "extern" but GME has me listed as an "observer" basically the LoR doesn't match the doc's at the GME office. SO I am confused now..... the attending is outside the country and won't be back until I have already submitted my application and LoR. So the question is.....will the program I apply to call the GME and verify my previous status???? or will they just ask to speak with the attending at the time and hear from him orally that I functioned as an extern ?
I didn't think of it much at the time because I was just happy to be able to do some hands-on stuff...but now I that I am obsessing about it... I am worried to even accept his LoR fearing it might get me into trouble bec the status was never changed. Please advice me what to do...(this attending is so busy, travels alot, ect...that it is almost impossible to communicate with him properly),,,,,,
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Nobody will call the GME.

At most and if ever, they'll call the letter writer and he'll verify your externship status.

So just say externship and don't worry about it.
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