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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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People have been telling me that USCE - esp. externships - can really help in the interviews, as the interviewer may likely ask you clinical questions based on the fact that you'd had an externship, like what would you do for a patient with acute chest pain; what's the next step?; and what's the following step?, and so on, so as to get an idea as to how clinically oriented you are. And you need to get those right, or you're out.

- Is this true?
- can externships done in private clinics provide that info?
- and finally, will such info prove to be useful in the first weeks of residency, and will it be disastrous if you're lacking such info?

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All of my interviews thus far have talked about something or another regarding m y USCE. It is just another thing to talk about and can lead to some very interesting conversations. More importantly, I'm not sure how one could attain good LoRs without USCE? All programs require LoRs (not necessarily from the U.S.) and most programs seem to require some sort of USCE as well.
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