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Default LORs externship vs observership

I'm in a dilemma and was wondering if anyone knew which one is better:

1) Observership at one of the very best medical institutes e.g. Harvard/Mass General with good LORs

2) Externship at a good but not top tier university hospital e.g. Cornell.

If the LORs are good does it still hurt you when PDs will read there was no direct patient contact?

Any insight/advice is appreciated.
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I cant imagine you'd get an observership at the likes of Harvard without some kind of connection anyway?
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Yes, contacts, but in my search, I did find some universities that do offer it:
http://im-for-imgs.com/2012/01/03/observerships/

Quite a few views but no advice from anyone with more knowledge/experienced than myself?
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I'm not an expert but I have read in other forums that externships are always better when it comes to LOR's. I think this us true even if the observorship is at a top notch hospital.
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Can anyone please clarify the exact difference between a clerkship, externship and observership???
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Clerkship - done DURING medical school
Externship - done AFTER medical school (can/cannot touch patient)
Obersevrship - done AFTER medical school (CANNOT touch patient)
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