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Hello guys, can anyone please help answer some questions? I want to mention the whole USCE experience confuses me. i know there are companies you can pay that offer to provide USCE however most prices I have seen are very high for me(2000$). Are these the normal range prices for this service or are there companies that are more affordable? Could I find USCE on my own and not through a 3rd party?? If so, how?

And another question: can you get USCE if you haven't completed your step 1?

Finally: are there any residency programs in Internal Medicine or Pathology that do not necessarily require USCE?
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Anyone?? I really need this information...
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Hello guys, can anyone please help answer some questions? I want to mention the whole USCE experience confuses me. i know there are companies you can pay that offer to provide USCE however most prices I have seen are very high for me(2000$). Are these the normal range prices for this service or are there companies that are more affordable? Could I find USCE on my own and not through a 3rd party?? If so, how?

And another question: can you get USCE if you haven't completed your step 1?

Finally: are there any residency programs in Internal Medicine or Pathology that do not necessarily require USCE?

Yes the prices are this high for 1 month or so.

Unfortunately everyone requires USCE these days.
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As an img not living in the US, is there another way to get USCE?
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As an img not living in the US, is there another way to get USCE?
You can't get U.S.C.E. without living in the U.S.

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I dont think you understood what I was asking...what I meant was how would I find opportunities for clinical experience. Obviously i'll be moving to the US to actually go to the respective hospital...my problem is in how i go about finding such a hospital.
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I dont think you understood what I was asking...what I meant was how would I find opportunities for clinical experience. Obviously i'll be moving to the US to actually go to the respective hospital...my problem is in how i go about finding such a hospital.
Google, its quite frustrating to find one.

Good luck and wish u all the very best, may all your goals be reached and hope you come out with flying colors.
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Google, its quite frustrating to find one.

Good luck and wish u all the very best, may all your goals be reached and hope you come out with flying colors.
yes, it is, i have tried googling and researching programs but i simply haven't found one. i was hoping someone who has already gone through this channel could guide me but it seems i'm not lucky on this front either... it's weird how there are many IMGs making it into the us health system and yet when you research it you find almost less than nothing about how they did it. Oh well...if anyone has some experience or advice I'll gladly listen to it.
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I'd suggest you pound the pavement, this may sound rather bland, but you just have to do this.

My advice, pick up the phone and start calling. If they don't pick up, email, if they don't respond, email again, still no response, send a fax. Not easy to do, but it's worth it. I spent 3 weeks calling every IMG friendly residency program and secured 2 observerships.

I started out asking my self what's the worst that can happen cold calling, rejection. I just told myself get used to it now before match season.
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I'd suggest you pound the pavement, this may sound rather bland, but you just have to do this.

My advice, pick up the phone and start calling. If they don't pick up, email, if they don't respond, email again, still no response, send a fax. Not easy to do, but it's worth it. I spent 3 weeks calling every IMG friendly residency program and secured 2 observerships.

I started out asking my self what's the worst that can happen cold calling, rejection. I just told myself get used to it now before match season.
thanks for the advice, it's good to know someone else was successful doing this. also, i do have one question: do observerships really count? i mean from what i've read they don't really carry much weight...how did yours weigh into your application? if you don't mind me asking
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I totally agree, I spent sleepless nights, trying to find electives. Called up so many univ, finally in one of the univ, the elective co-ordinator was of indian origin and she helped get in
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Hi! Lemme begin by saying that finding good USCE is indeed very frustrating. I did electives at Case Western. I did not use any company to help me find a rotation. I just checked the list of programs that offer electives to international students on forums such as this one. Then I checked the individual websites and checked their calendars and pre requisites for electives. It is a long process but its worth the effort. U can email the coordinator of any university where u r interested to get more details about the electives.

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thank you kindly for your reply i also have another question for you guys: what kind of USCE would be available to me if i were to first graduate from my current medical school and THEN take my step 1? this is a scenario that is very likely for me and from what I understand you need to still be registered as a med student to take an elective...?
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