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Hello everybody,

I need ur advice here plz, as I ve an attempt in my cs exam , and I need to do do some clinical experience, knowing I'm applying for FM mostly and some IM programs and also Ive previous USCE in a community hospital , which is the best in my case to do these paid externships, or to to volunteer in free clinic or to be a research volunteer ?

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Hello everybody,

I need ur advice here plz, as I ve an attempt in my cs exam , and I need to do do some clinical experience, knowing I'm applying for FM mostly and some IM programs and also Ive previous USCE in a community hospital , which is the best in my case to do these paid externships, or to to volunteer in free clinic or to be a research volunteer ?

Thank you,
Anything you can get your hands on. Times running out, you have till Sept 15. Good luck.
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I'm guessing that you mean you've got a fail on CS, is that right? In any case, it's difficult to point you clearly to a certain direction. If I was in your shoes, I would step back and try to think about the strengths and weaknesses in your future residency application and try to get experience that will help you to be a stronger candidate. For example, if your previous community hospital experience was recent, a good one with good LORs, then I'd think carefully before paying thousands more and doing another one. In my own research on externships, people do have a variable experience with this, so a paid externship does not assure you a good experience or good LORs. If your clinical skills look strong on your med school reports and LORs, and if research is important for you (and research experience is important to the programs that you're applying to), then doing some research may be beneficial. Volunteering at a free clinic - it really depends on what kind of experience you can get there.
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