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Question Care Giver in Senior Facility!

I need advice. i had not worked for one year until one week ago when i got a job as a care giver in a senior facility. i know this job is not considered good for a doctor but i cant get a job as a medical assistant or phlebotomist in California because of their stringency, i have tried.

I want to know if i should add this caregiver job to my work experience. I worked 1 year housejob in Nigeria as a doctor.
some people say not to add the caregiver job because it has no prestige or bearing to medicine. Others say to add this job because i can say i have experience with geriatric people, it shows that i have worked as a team player.

As an extension of this question should i write it in my cv?

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Absolutely, mention it.

Although working in clinical jobs is ideal for your CV but the job you are doing is not bad at all.

Program directors will admire your persistence and enthusiasm. They know you can't get clinical jobs in California and they will for sure respect you more than those sitting idle at home.

One day, my program director told me that he will like a person who worked in Starbucks with low USMLE scores over another one who stayed home and had high USMLE scores.

America is where people work hard to get into what they want. You should be proud of your work in the senior facility and brag about it among your friends and in your CV.

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thank you so much sabio
I did sit at home for one year though to score 259, and 252. i only got this job 1 week ago . but i totally get your point. i wish i had started work months ago.

please how do i go about requesting my usmle transcript for my eras application?
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This is an excellent question. Thanks to Sabio for replying and thank you for asking. and by the way, good job with your work and all the best on the match

I have a similar question, since I was assigned to obligatory medical service in my country as a resident, but in a VERY remote field from what I am applying to this year, then after I finished my service I started official residency, in the same field!

I think I'll have to mention this in the CV of course, but don't you think this looks bad on the CV? I mean, I have experience in a field and applying to a totally different one!
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This is an excellent question. Thanks to Sabio for replying and thank you for asking. and by the way, good job with your work and all the best on the match

I have a similar question, since I was assigned to obligatory medical service in my country as a resident, but in a VERY remote field from what I am applying to this year, then after I finished my service I started official residency, in the same field!

I think I'll have to mention this in the CV of course, but don't you think this looks bad on the CV? I mean, I have experience in a field and applying to a totally different one!
hi, i dont think any clinical experience will look bad on a CV. in your personal statement you may mention how working in that other field influenced you or strengthen your resolve to specialize in the new field. whatever you do you must sound as if you enjoyed it and gave it your best. look well, there may be a link between both fields even if there's none working there gave you skills and clinical experience which will help you in your new field
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