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I have been so happy with Americlerkships! I did 2 rotations with them and it was so easy to sign up in the location I wanted! Even after finishing the rotation, I am still getting continuous help from Allison on my personal statement and letters of recommendation for ERAS. Thank you for all the help!
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Can any one please help me by providing some info about paid or unpaid observership or volunteering in any hospital in Toronto.
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Thumbs Up Dr. Jaddou clinic review

Hello Friends,
I have been through most of the paid externship programs and I personally feel Somerset family medicine ( Dr. Neil Jaddou's Clinic) was the best of all. After applying for their Externship, I was skeptical as any one would be but by Day 2, I figured out my next one month is gonna be memorable. In a week you would become dexterous in taking EKGs, UA, pap smear, CXR, PFT, PPD, Immunization techniques. You will be given the freedom of taking complete history and physical examination, come up with differential diagnosis and treatment plan.I did my step 2 CK before my externship which I should say was extremely helpful in formulating your DDs but even otherwise Dr. Jaddou will take classes on common ailments and with the variety of patients you see per day, I can assure you can ace your Step 2 CK and CS and even Step 1. I scored 243 in step 2 CK(before externship) and 251 in Step 1 (after externship). If you are interested you will be welcome to write articles, take mini lectures to your fellow externs and NPs, attend conferences. I am not sure if other programs gives you a customized LOR but I have heard from my colleagues that he gives a fantastic LOR mentioning whatever you did under his scrutiny( I have waived my right and I am applying this year). Good luck to everyone in all your future endeavors!!..
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Itís really great posts.
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Default Dr. Jaddou clinic review

Hi Guys,

I had great experience working with Dr. jaddou in his busy practice offices, he offers me hands on experience and I started using the EMR and I learned a lot from him. Dr.Jaddou is an excellent teacher and he is so professional. he is kind with his patients , stuff and with externs and medical residents.

I highly recommended the externshihp for all of you guys
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Hi all,

I am a long-time lurker, first-time poster, who rarely posts on forums, but wanted to take this opportunity to give my take on Dr. Jaddou's externship in the hopes that it will help others. I don't have experience with any other externship programs, but can compare this current experience from my perspective of a Caribbean school graduate who has rotated through U.S. hospitals as part of medical school training. I am currently on my 4th week of the externship, and I must say, it has been a wonderful and challenging experience that is very representative of a family medicine internship. There have been 3-4 externs rotating in and out along with nurse practitioners (N.P.s) and medical students, so it feels like an actual internship where you also develop camaraderie with your colleagues.

Starting with the Attending Physician, Dr. Jaddou. He is an excellent educator who not only provides lectures regularly on common conditions seen in medicine -- like HTN (including JNC 8 guidelines), hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and thyroid conditions -- but will provide clinical pearls tailored to your current state of knowledge; an example of this is, as I will be taking Step 3 soon, Dr. Jaddou has been quizzing me on management topics encountered on Step 3, using the patient's condition that we are seeing in clinic as a springboard. Dr. Jaddou expects a high level of professionalism, dedication, and hard work from us, and will give you feedback on how you are doing along the way. But Dr. Jaddou is not only about working. He invites you to join him on various outings, like tours of Detroit and clinical conferences.

Now on to the clinics and the training that you will receive. Just like an internship, you work 6 days a week with shorter hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Dr. Jaddou has two private practices that are within 10 minutes drive of one another, so you will need some means of transportation. The facilities themselves are modern with up-to-date equipment (X-ray, ECG, PFT), and a friendly, collegial staff. You also get to volunteer some time at a free church clinic once a week. All of the clinics are fairly busy, so you will see a lot of bread and butter cases from well-child exams and annual physicals for teenagers/adults to more urgent care/ED cases like malignant HTN and chest pain. The pathology is fairly decent and can be challenging as well. As another poster, Kavya, mentioned above, you get to perform a fair amount of procedures that are common to family medicine.

During the first couple days, you usually work together with another extern who has been there longer, so you can learn the ropes of the system. The more "senior" externs are expected to give short talks/lectures to the group, so there is that teaching aspect that you take on.

Overall, I feel that this externship experience has been even more representative of the Intern year than my previous family medicine elective during medical school. Yes, you will work hard, but at the same time, you will learn a lot about patient care, outpatient procedures, and the U.S. healthcare system, while being in a supportive environment.

Regarding LoRs, because Dr. Jaddou is a clinical professor at both Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, I feel that his letter of recommendation would have more weight to it than some of the other externships where you may work with a physician who isn't affiliated to any major academic medical center. Plus, receiving a strong and personalized LoR really does make a difference for matching into a residency.

Due to the experience above, I would definitely recommend this externship.

All the best in your medical careers!
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Default Recommended Externship Opportunity.

Hello friends,
Externship at Dr.Jaddouís clinic is perfect hands on clinical experience .I will say it is a learning tool for us before starting the residency. You will be given the opportunity for complete patient encounter and EMR experience. I had a great experience working with Dr.Jaddou and I highly recommend this externship.
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I've been a lurker here for the longest time, and I've been thinking about posting on here so many times, but I always never seen to get the time or motivation to :P

I've gone through two of the companies on the poll: FMG affordable and Dr. Jaddou's clinic...had good rotations with FMG Affordable, but the promised stay there (which was about $900 of the fee!!) was disappointing, as was the CS "practice" we were offered.
I also didnt find out until I was there that one of the people running the business was convicted of fraud? Kinda freaked me out a little. :/

Needless to say, I went into my next rotation at Dr. Jaddou's clinic with more than my fair share of hesitation, and I could never have been more wrong. Everyone at the office is kind and more than eager to help you (if you ask nicely, of course) and Dr. Jaddou is one of the most reasonable, down to earth doctors I've ever worked with. He lets you do almost everything short of signing off prescriptions - by yourself! Never had that much freedom in my other rotations. He's also very approachable - you can ask him the stupidest questions and he won't be judging you for asking them. IMO, that's a rare quality in a preceptor.

I know most people reading this will probably be skeptical of my glowing review, haha, but you know what? I would have been too, if I was reading it for the first time. However, this rotation was definitely worth the money, and I'd recommend it to anyone who asks.
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I've been a lurker here for the longest time, and I've been thinking about posting on here so many times, but I always never seen to get the time or motivation to :P

I've gone through two of the companies on the poll: FMG affordable and Dr. Jaddou's clinic...had good rotations with FMG Affordable, but the promised stay there (which was about $900 of the fee!!) was disappointing, as was the CS "practice" we were offered.
I also didnt find out until I was there that one of the people running the business was convicted of fraud? Kinda freaked me out a little. :/

Needless to say, I went into my next rotation at Dr. Jaddou's clinic with more than my fair share of hesitation, and I could never have been more wrong. Everyone at the office is kind and more than eager to help you (if you ask nicely, of course) and Dr. Jaddou is one of the most reasonable, down to earth doctors I've ever worked with. He lets you do almost everything short of signing off prescriptions - by yourself! Never had that much freedom in my other rotations. He's also very approachable - you can ask him the stupidest questions and he won't be judging you for asking them. IMO, that's a rare quality in a preceptor.

I know most people reading this will probably be skeptical of my glowing review, haha, but you know what? I would have been too, if I was reading it for the first time. However, this rotation was definitely worth the money, and I'd recommend it to anyone who asks.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

How much did you pay for Dr. Jaddou externship? And do you stay in the clinic only, or do you go to rounds with him too? Also, you need at least 3 LORs, did you manage to get them, if so how did you get them just working with only one doctor
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Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

How much did you pay for Dr. Jaddou externship? And do you stay in the clinic only, or do you go to rounds with him too? Also, you need at least 3 LORs, did you manage to get them, if so how did you get them just working with only one doctor

His prices for rotations vary according to demand, but they're usually fairly up to date on his website.

As for the LoR question, I had done other rotations through FMG affordable, as I had mentioned. This rotation with Dr. Jaddou was strictly outpatient, whereas my other ones were both inpatient and outpatient, but I would say that's the only drawback to it. I still got way more clinical experience at his clinics than I did in my other rotations combined.
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hello Guys, thank you for providing those names
does anyone know which of them provides externship opportunities near Miami? responding would be very helpful to me
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hello Guys, thank you for providing those names
does anyone know which of them provides externship opportunities near Miami? responding would be very helpful to me
Go to this website http://edu.advancedcolleges.us/

Let them handle it for you. They can easily find externship opportunities for you, and I think they can help you with malpractice insurances too. Just contact them, and they will help you out.
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I just finished a 1 month externship at Dr. Jaddou's clinic and I must say that it was a very good hands on clinical experience. I saw patients on my own, I did the physical exams and I had to come up with diagnosis. When I presented the cases to the doctor, he challenged me with questions about first steps in management/treatment. I also got to do UA, pregnancy tests, ECG and I gave immunization vaccines. The doc also gave us lectures about hypertension (JNC 8), antibiotics and management of common infections such pharyngitis, otitis media, sinusitis, mononucleosis etc. Becoming familiar with the electronic medical record was also a big plus for me. All in all, this externship was a very very good clinical experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking hands on experience. It is definitely worth the money.
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About to finish an externship under Dr. jaddou and I have to say, I have learnt more in the past three weeks than I did in my last two years of medical school. Dr. Jaddou treats you as an intern and you are in charge of your own patients. He is very good with all the students and gives weekly quizzes on different topics too. I feel so prepared for residency as he taught us dosing of different medications already. I would recommend this externship to anyone who doesn't have any usce because he will teach you from scratch and you will be a pro with the allscripts EMR by the end of it. The office is very busy too, so you learn to manage your time with your patients effectively. A great experience overall!!
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Guys, i want to know how much did you pay??
Its written some $24 k on their website. Is this how much you guys paid for externship??
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Chicago Clerkships, IMO, are the best out there because they are willing to go all the way to guarantee their client's satisfaction. I'm really happy I found them. Everything you need to know about these guys is on their website. They are 100% real, no BS! I have no doubt that they are the best among their competitors.
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Don't go there. He made his externs post all these exaggerated positive reviews for him here before he would give out LOR.
His LOR is ultra short with nothing personal, not even a positive word to recommend you, just job description.
Having gone through his externship, just felt used and exploited.
His letter would hurt your application so don't even bother to be his slave for a month. Better to just go to university programs to do observership with decent folks there, who are at least not selfish and business-minded.
Dr Jaddou makes externs work over 60 hrs a week with almost no lunch breaks. Driving from one office to another is the "lunch break", go figure.
Stay away from somerset family clinic.
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Don't go there. He made his externs post all these exaggerated positive reviews for him here before he would give out LOR.
His LOR is ultra short with nothing personal, not even a positive word to recommend you, just job description.
Having gone through his externship, just felt used and exploited.
His letter would hurt your application so don't even bother to be his slave for a month. Better to just go to university programs to do observership with decent folks there, who are at least not selfish and business-minded.
Dr Jaddou makes externs work over 60 hrs a week with almost no lunch breaks. Driving from one office to another is the "lunch break", go figure.
Stay away from somerset family clinic.
-real testimony from a regretted & exploited extern

OMG How is it possible? are you sure?
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Well I am towards the end of my externship with Dr Jaddou; and I can say these four weeks have being simply amazing! We used to take history and examine patients and present the cases to Dr Jaddou. Then he would discuss the differential diagnosis and line of action; the most important part is that we were never scared to go wrong; he always corrected our mistakes in a jocular way. Dr Jaddou is very knowledgeable and also very approachable ; this externship added a lot to my knowledge. He also used to give us handouts on guidelines for management of common cases like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, infectious diseases, and conduct test on the same. I would say this was the most beneficial part of the externship. Besides we also learnt to perform EKG, urine test, strep test, wart freezing, breathing treatment etc. He also used to let us write prescriptions so we could memorise the doses. The offices are very systematic and disciplined. So overall it was a great experience that will certainly help me a lot in my career.
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Hi, I am a final year MBBS student from India. I plan to apply for surgery electives for the year 2016. I had recently given my TOEFL and inspite of a technical problem that occurred during exam, got a score of 101(Reading 23, Listening 28, Speaking 22 and Writing 28). Now I have an option of keeping the test scores or giving a free retest. Quite confused as to what to do. Can someone please help. Thank you
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