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HI EVERY ONE!
I JUST FOUND SOME INFO ABOUT USCE....I STILL NOT UNDERSTEND WHAT IS DIFFER BW OBSERVERSHIP/EXTERNSHIP AND USCE?????COZ MANY STUDENTS WROTE "I HAVE ...# OF OBSERV AND LIKE 4MO USCE??"IS NOT THE SAME THINK?
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Observerships are a type of USCE.

Hands-on USCE:
Internship/Core/Elective Rotations
Clerkships
Externships
Work Experience (MA, LVN, RN, HA, PA,...)
Fifth Pathway
Fellowship

Non hands-on USCE:
Research
Observerships (Shadowing/Volunteer)


Numerous research articles rank non hands-on USCE low among the selection criteria for residency and many residency programs dont recognize Research or Observerships as USCE.

Examples:

- University of Buffalo, Family Medicine Residency
requires that IMG applicants (applicants that had Medical School training outside of the US, Canada or Great Britain), applicants must have six months of U.S. clinical experience inpatient OR outpatient, in the past 2 years, within the U.S., Canada or Great Britain. .
http://fammed.buffalo.edu/application.html
We prefer letters from faculty who have worked directly with you and who can comment on your combination of clinical knowledge, judgment, and interpersonal skills-which are central to family practice.

- New York Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program, "Non-clinical graduate work, such as research or observerships, does not qualify as clinical experience.
http://www.nymcphelpsresidency.org/residency/guidelines

- "Despite student perceptions that research in medical school is an essential ingredient for a successful application to residency, our findings indicate that research experience ranks low among selection criteria when all specialties are grouped together. The NRMP also found that research experience in medical school did not differ significantly among U.S. seniors who matched in their specialties of choice and those who did not.1 This was consistent across competitive and noncompetitive specialties. It should be noted, however, that in our survey, program directors in particularly competitive specialties (radiation oncology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and dermatology) ranked research experience highly (Table 3). It may be that when all other selection criteria are outstanding among applicants to a particular specialty, research experience or research publications may help discriminate candidates."
http://som.uthscsa.edu/StudentAffair...ts/3rdyear.pdf


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