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Hello Doctors,

Please I have a question about doing an "Internal medicine transitional year " in my home country in KHCC (King Hussein Cancer centers) in Jordan ..

This is an excellent center for treating cancer patient in Jordan and in the Middle east. Transitional program is designated for physicians who are doing their steps to pursue their career overseas, it’s a program where the applicant can gain excellent experience as well as being involved in a structural system similar to USA. Their residency program is flexible and can allow granting resident physician unpaid leave to go and perform their match interviews (up to seven weeks) . Also most of KHCC consultants are American Board Certified and through their excellent relationships with their mentors, program directors at USA, can provide help and facilitate match journey for resident by giving them testimonials and recommendation letter and even calling them ..

What do you think please, Can this 1 transitional year substitute for USCE ? ( as it's an American system in KHCC) ? and would it be considered as a good prior clinical experience in my CV ?

And If I get LOR from there , would it be considered a strong LOR ( from American board certified doctors ) ?

I am aiming for Internal medicine or OB/Gyn ..

One more question please, What if I did 1 year of Surgery transitional year where we will have a rotation in ( Gynecology Oncology) cases, can this year be a good experience if I want to apply for ob/gyn residency ? I mean can general surgery be a good prior experience for Ob/gyn residency ?

( in KHCC we have IM, Surgery and Pediatrics transitional years )

Any help is really appreciated ..

All the best for you all ..

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Thank you for sharing.

This IM transitional program will definitely help you become a more competitive Residency Applicant since it will allow you to have few gaps as you prepare for the USMLEs and to apply for IM and OBGYN residency programs in the US.

However, hands-on USCE cant be replaced with anything else. If you are looking to become the most competitive applicant possible you will need to obtain hands-on USCE. The most competitive type of LORs and Clinical Evaluations are those that come from US Attending Physicians that supervised you during clinical rotations.

There are programs around the world like the one you just listed. Most recently I have spoken to Medical Graduates from India and Peru currently participating in similar programs. These programs are managed by American Board Certified consultants, have affiliations with US residency programs and in some cases have US Licensed Physicians provide lectures and some hands-on training. However, since the training is taking place outside of the US and under as different healthcare system in cannot be used to substitute hands-on USCE.

Since this program will also allow you to take time off (7 weeks at a time), it would greatly benefit you to complete hands-on clinical rotations in the US. We have IM and OBGYN clinical sites and US Attending Physicians to select from to help you obtain hands-on CE, LORs and Clinical Evaluations.

For example among the requirements for Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program, Foreign Medical School Graduates must have
- "A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Documentation of successful completion of an Internal Medicine clerkship and/or subinternship of at least eight weeks’ duration at an ACGME accredited U.S., Puerto Rican, or Canadian medical school. This training must have involved direct patient care responsibilities for at least 2 months.
Or
- Documentation of successful completion of residency training at an ACGME accredited U.S. program at a U.S. teaching hospital. This training must have involved direct patient care responsibilities for at least 2 months. Observer status or consultation rotations do not meet this requirement. Documentation must include the date and location of the residency training experience. This letter must be submitted electronically via the ERAS post office."
http://www.bumc.bu.edu/im-residency/...ation-process/


Many OBGYN residency programs have the similar requirements for IMGs/FMGs.


Hope this information helped. Keep us posted on your progress.


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There are many wonderful programs and experiences around the world including the one you just mentioned.

However, the problem is that the US Health Care system is entirely different from any other country, even closest systems such the Canadian one are significantly different. Therefore, US doctors (including residency program directors) are hesitant in recognizing overseas experiences. One PD told me once, I would value a US Starbucks experience more than a PhD overseas!

So the question is not if KHCC program good or not, am sure it's good but the question is "Is it better than USCE?" and the answer is definitely NO.

LoRs from board certified docs working overseas are certainly better than non US board certified overseas docs, but is it better than an LoR coming from a currently practicing US doc and the answer is definitely NO.

So you can use that program just to buy you time and fortify your CV but I would encourage you to jump to US soil as soon as you can to get into the doors and pile up some USCE.

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Ahlan feeki ya Huda...If you can spend that year of experience in US, it would be better. If you need more information, send my private message on your plans and would help you
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Thank you very much .. You all really helped me a lot .. And please if any doctor here joined KHCC before, please tell us your experience ..
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I met some candidates and residents at the University of Arizona who were from Jordan and worked at King Hussein. Most of those who had worked at KHCC were interested in heme/onc. University of Arizona has quite a few residents from Jordan, so the program is particularly familiar with KHCC. This is an exception though and is not common.

It will not substitute USCE or US LORs but is definitely something to consider if you are interested in heme/onc or heme/onc research. It may help focus your application into a specific field or interest instead of being very generic.
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Mar7ba ya Huda
I am also from Jordan, currently an intern.
I am preparing for USMLEs and I am planning to apply fro KHCC next year.
I took my elective in KHCC, and I know something for sure: last match 5 residents from KHCC matched at UTMB, Galveston, Texas. And there are also many PGY-II and PGY-III residents from KHCC, the center reputation is great.
We can share our plans, if you want to, just inbox me
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Hi there from Amman

My advice to you is to come to the USA as soon as you can and do USCE, because unfortunately nothing you do outside the USA is taken into account even if it comes from a prestigious institution like KHCC USCE involves dealing with american patients as well as american doctors which you can't find in Jordan. A friend of mine told me once that a recommendation letter from Burger King from across the street is worth more than that from your home country
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Thank you everybody .. May God guide your ways ..

For those who have worked in KHCC, did you find time to study for your steps ?
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