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USCE & Clinical Rotations IMG discussions of United States Clinical Experience (USCE), clinical rotations, clerkships, externships, observerships, electives, and internships.


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I am a medical student and going to graduate in 2015. I have heard about the importance of US electives and so I had applied to two universities bt unfortunately could not get into ome as I was late in applying. Can someone please tell me whether electives are mandatory for IMGs to have been done and also what are the other ways by which I can gain adequate clinical experience and get strong LORs. I am really worried that I missed on electives opportinity. THANK YOU
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Having electives make you a strong candidate, but they are not a requirement for most programs. The next best thing would be observerships where you can get some hands on clinical experience. There are various institutions that provide that service. They are ultra expensive though, and they might have skewed reviews here and there. Make your research well, I will not mention any of those here.

The other thing you can do is an observership in a university hospital, there are some that do that. Just look around the forum for those or search the internet. It also comes with a fee. And you dont get any hands on experience.

Then you can also get an observership by contacts in a private clinic or consult, If you are lucky and are good moving around. These will not have a big name in the letterhead of the LOR but might come with hands on experience and the LOR is going to be much more personal.

Your objective is a strong LOR, and in the end its a thing about big university name vs hands on experience. I prefer a good hands on experience and nice strong personal letter that describes how you work, instead of a generic one from a department director that didnt even meet you. You know what I mean?

Also, there are plenty of programs that do not require you to have ANY USCE. None of these are big university programs btw.
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Having electives make you a strong candidate, but they are not a requirement for most programs. The next best thing would be observerships where you can get some hands on clinical experience. There are various institutions that provide that service. They are ultra expensive though, and they might have skewed reviews here and there. Make your research well, I will not mention any of those here.

The other thing you can do is an observership in a university hospital, there are some that do that. Just look around the forum for those or search the internet. It also comes with a fee. And you dont get any hands on experience.

Then you can also get an observership by contacts in a private clinic or consult, If you are lucky and are good moving around. These will not have a big name in the letterhead of the LOR but might come with hands on experience and the LOR is going to be much more personal.

Your objective is a strong LOR, and in the end its a thing about big university name vs hands on experience. I prefer a good hands on experience and nice strong personal letter that describes how you work, instead of a generic one from a department director that didnt even meet you. You know what I mean?

Also, there are plenty of programs that do not require you to have ANY USCE. None of these are big university programs btw.
Think he meant the next best thing after electives is externship.
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Think he meant the next best thing after electives is externship.
Ah yes. I forgot about those haha. But he is graduating 2015. If he can secure one that would be good.
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I am a medical student and going to graduate in 2015. I have heard about the importance of US electives and so I had applied to two universities bt unfortunately could not get into ome as I was late in applying. Can someone please tell me whether electives are mandatory for IMGs to have been done and also what are the other ways by which I can gain adequate clinical experience and get strong LORs. I am really worried that I missed on electives opportinity. THANK YOU



If you are still a student, try to find more schools to apply for and argue for every chance. As far as I know, it is late but not too late to start an application.
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also, depending on where you are currently enrolled in medical school - you can choose to take "away rotations" and attempt to get credit from a US clerkship/elective from your medical school

have you given any thought to that?
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