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Old 09-01-2013
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Hi this is Iqrarocks!

I am in 2nd year of medical school in Pakistan. I plan on doing my residency in U.S. preferably in Internal Medicine. I will be done with my 2nd year this October and vacation/elective time will follow. Instead of wasting my vacations sitting idly, I want to do electives. Can anyone recommend me what would be the best elective to take? (And also please tell me if electives outside U.S. count)
Regardless of whether these will count in terms of getting me a residency in U.S., I hope this will help me clinically.

So what elective should I do from the following choices?
Explanations along with answers would be much appreciated!

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it doesnt matter what electives you do. what is important is having some clinical experience in the states. and yes, it is better to do your electives here in the states than elsewhere. it gives you an opportunity to make contacts and get LORs.
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It maybe difficult for you to find student-electives at such an early stage of your medical school career. I think you'll find most student electives available for IMGs are done in their final-year of medical studies, me allow it to be done in fourth year. If you really want to make your summers useful - I would suggest start studying for USMLE Step1, try to give it by the time you are in final year so you can apply for electives in more prestigious places like Mayo Clinic etc.
If you really want to do something though - you can probably do an observership which is probably all you can really do at this stage.
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