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What are hands on experiences in private clinics referred to as?
I mean are they observerships or something else?
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Hands-on refers to actual encounter with patients, taking history and performing physical examination and writing notes. This goes under the externship category and not under observership, regardless of the setting whether it's private clinic or a teaching hospital.

Observership specifically refers to the situation where you are only observing and not touching the patient or the patient file.
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So if I do all that at a private clinic, I can call it a hands on experience?
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Is it true that programs don't regard private clinic experience as valuable for as other types of USCE?
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So if I do all that at a private clinic, I can call it a hands on experience?
Yes. That's correct.
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Is it true that programs don't regard private clinic experience as valuable for as other types of USCE?
Yes. Correct.
Rotations in bigger hospitals and institutions are valued more.
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