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Old 04-02-2016
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I don't want to make it a long and boring post for you guys
I owe a lot to this forum. It is like an unofficial authentic source of information for USMLE aspirants.

Summary:
Fresh Graduate from India
Step 1- 239 (1st attempt)
Step 2 CK- 252 (1st attempt)
Step 2 CS- Pass (1st attempt)
USCE- 12 weeks of Acting Internship at a university hospital in Neurology.
LoRs- 5 US neurology LoRs, 2 Indian LoRs (one from Chief of Medicine at my med school and one from a neurologist)
No. of Programs I applied to- 132 (including about 40 prelim IM)
No. of interviews offered- 12
No. of interviews attended- 8 (missed 1 because I got sick, missed 2 because of date clashes and missed 1 because I didn't like that program)
No. of programs ranked- 8 (I was literally freaking out, because I knew people who were ranking 15+ programs)
Matched to my Top choice at UH Case Medical Center/Case Western categorical neurology program

My Advice-
1. Keep a certain timeline in mind and work according to it.
2. Make sure you get high scores on your steps (that's what will get you more interviews)
3. Make full use of your US clinical rotations (I matched to the place where I did my rotations)
4. Make sure you get atleast 1 excellent LoR (one which says something individual about you, not a generic one)
5. Make sure you know everything about your CV when you attend your interviews.
6. Always look professional and be ready to ask good relevant questions during the interviews.
7. Be smart while making travel plans. (Don't spend lot of money on flights, use bus services like Greyhound and Megabus as well).
8. Make sure you have everything ready by Sept 15 to apply (Even if you get late by a week, I don't think it matters a lot but try not to be too late)
9. And always keep smiling and work hard!

Good luck everyone
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Thank you and congrats!
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I don't want to make it a long and boring post for you guys
I owe a lot to this forum. It is like an unofficial authentic source of information for USMLE aspirants.

Summary:
Fresh Graduate from India
Step 1- 239 (1st attempt)
Step 2 CK- 252 (1st attempt)
Step 2 CS- Pass (1st attempt)
USCE- 12 weeks of Acting Internship at a university hospital in Neurology.
LoRs- 5 US neurology LoRs, 2 Indian LoRs (one from Chief of Medicine at my med school and one from a neurologist)
No. of Programs I applied to- 132 (including about 40 prelim IM)
No. of interviews offered- 12
No. of interviews attended- 8 (missed 1 because I got sick, missed 2 because of date clashes and missed 1 because I didn't like that program)
No. of programs ranked- 8 (I was literally freaking out, because I knew people who were ranking 15+ programs)
Matched to my Top choice at UH Case Medical Center/Case Western categorical neurology program

My Advice-
1. Keep a certain timeline in mind and work according to it.
2. Make sure you get high scores on your steps (that's what will get you more interviews)
3. Make full use of your US clinical rotations (I matched to the place where I did my rotations)
4. Make sure you get atleast 1 excellent LoR (one which says something individual about you, not a generic one)
5. Make sure you know everything about your CV when you attend your interviews.
6. Always look professional and be ready to ask good relevant questions during the interviews.
7. Be smart while making travel plans. (Don't spend lot of money on flights, use bus services like Greyhound and Megabus as well).
8. Make sure you have everything ready by Sept 15 to apply (Even if you get late by a week, I don't think it matters a lot but try not to be too late)
9. And always keep smiling and work hard!

Good luck everyone

Congratulations to you!
I would like to ask what you mean by acting internship? And how can one apply for that as well as observership or usce?
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Congratulations to you!
I would like to ask what you mean by acting internship? And how can one apply for that as well as observership or usce?
Thank you
USCE (United States Clinical Experience) is a larger term that encompasses all different types of clinical experiences in US. Broadly, it is of 2 types- Hands on and Hands off.
As is quite obvious, hands on experience is one where you can physically deal with the patient. take a history, do an exam, perform procedures.
Hands off is where you don't get to do such things.
Obviously, hands on experience is better than hands off experience.

The best kind of hands on experience you can get is by doing an elective rotation in US. The only prerequisite is that you need to be in final year of medical school in order to be eligible for electives. Also there are different kinds of electives like AI (Acting Internship) or SI (Sub Internship). Both terms are self explanatory.
AI is probably the highest quality of USCE you can get. You are literally at the same level as an intern (PGY 1 resident).

For hands off, most people do observerships, where you can just observe others working. Its good to make contacts but you don't really get to do a lot of work.

You can look up universities/hospitals that offer electives to foreign medical students. There is a proper procedure on how to apply.
For observerships, you need to have some contacts and you need to email a lot of attendings in order to find a sponsor.
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Thank you
USCE (United States Clinical Experience) is a larger term that encompasses all different types of clinical experiences in US. Broadly, it is of 2 types- Hands on and Hands off.
As is quite obvious, hands on experience is one where you can physically deal with the patient. take a history, do an exam, perform procedures.
Hands off is where you don't get to do such things.
Obviously, hands on experience is better than hands off experience.

The best kind of hands on experience you can get is by doing an elective rotation in US. The only prerequisite is that you need to be in final year of medical school in order to be eligible for electives. Also there are different kinds of electives like AI (Acting Internship) or SI (Sub Internship). Both terms are self explanatory.
AI is probably the highest quality of USCE you can get. You are literally at the same level as an intern (PGY 1 resident).

For hands off, most people do observerships, where you can just observe others working. Its good to make contacts but you don't really get to do a lot of work.

You can look up universities/hospitals that offer electives to foreign medical students. There is a proper procedure on how to apply.
For observerships, you need to have some contacts and you need to email a lot of attendings in order to find a sponsor.
Thanks so much!! Unfortunately I hadn't planned on usmle until now and I completed my internship in India I'm 2015. Is there any other option for hands on or am I just left with observership?
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Thanks so much!! Unfortunately I hadn't planned on usmle until now and I completed my internship in India I'm 2015. Is there any other option for hands on or am I just left with observership?
I am not sure. Most of the graduates that I know do observerships. There is something called an externship, but I don't know if its truly hands on and I have no idea how to get one.
You might wanna scroll through other threads here to find an answer to that.

As far as I am concerned, if you have already graduated, you have 2 options- either do observerships or find a research position somewhere.
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