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Default PLEASE HELP!!! Observership at a prestigious Hosp OR hands-on elective at another?

ANY ADVICE WILL BE APPRECIATED!

I am a final yr student going to graduate in 3-4 months. I have applied to HMS Prog for 1 month only as I can't afford the tuition more than a month (5000$). Still waiting for a response from them.

1) I came across the observership prog at Boston children's and I was thinking maybe I should do 1-2 months observership after my elective and extend my trip. (FEb 2016- May2016) BUt it is clearly stated that observers don't get LORs on the website. What d'ya all think? Good plan?
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2) Should I apply again to 2-3 places for hands on electives for 2016 oct - Dec(spend 100-200$ per appli plus courier charge). And I will delay my graduation by another year. Plus elective fees (500-2000 per month), plus another air tkt cost 1000 $ etc.

So which one is better? option 1 - Should I just do 1-2 month obsv after my elective and finish my USCE. END RESULT = 1 mo elective at HMS + 1 or 2 mo obsv. is this much okay??
Or option 2 - Is it worth to spend 500 $ to apply for electives and spend 3000$-5000$ for tuition?? is it worth to delay your graduation cause of this?


FYI- Haven't taken any steps yet but will take step 2 CK in 1 month.
I know the more USCe the better chances - but taking into account that I am not tht financially strong - even one trip to the US will be heavy on my dad's pocket nd I dont want to burden him if I can do without it..

Really confused! Please help!!

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Default Make a choice and Stick to it !!

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ANY ADVICE WILL BE APPRECIATED!

I am a final yr student going to graduate in 3-4 months. I have applied to HMS Prog for 1 month only as I can't afford the tuition more than a month (5000$). Still waiting for a response from them.

1) I came across the observership prog at Boston children's and I was thinking maybe I should do 1-2 months observership after my elective and extend my trip. (FEb 2016- May2016) BUt it is clearly stated that observers don't get LORs on the website. What d'ya all think? Good plan?
OR
2) Should I apply again to 2-3 places for hands on electives for 2016 oct - Dec(spend 100-200$ per appli plus courier charge). And I will delay my graduation by another year. Plus elective fees (500-2000 per month), plus another air tkt cost 1000 $ etc.

So which one is better? option 1 - Should I just do 1-2 month obsv after my elective and finish my USCE. END RESULT = 1 mo elective at HMS + 1 or 2 mo obsv. is this much okay??
Or option 2 - Is it worth to spend 500 $ to apply for electives and spend 3000$-5000$ for tuition?? is it worth to delay your graduation cause of this?


FYI- Haven't taken any steps yet but will take step 2 CK in 1 month.
I know the more USCe the better chances - but taking into account that I am not tht financially strong - even one trip to the US will be heavy on my dad's pocket nd I dont want to burden him if I can do without it..

Really confused! Please help!!
I understand ur dilemma's.
Well both the options look equally good or bad but the main concern is to make an decision and stick to it !!!

Well ,I would suggest u one thing, although you may not be financially strong , but you are still a beginner in this whole USMLE journey. You cant go tight on a money . You have to bear a lot of expenses untill you get matched. Dont spend so much time thinking about small expenses.
You should be studying for steps solely 1 month before ur exam. A low score would hurt you more than the loss of USCE.

WRT to the USCE,if you are not concerned about waiting one more year to graduate then i would recommend you to apply at more places for electives. 1 month HMS with some obsies also sounds good, otherwise you can decide about it based on your finances after talking to your dad.BUT since you don't have step 1 score looking for USCE would also be difficult for you. It is difficult and painful to get even with Step 1 scores

Bottomline: had I been in your situation I would make a decision based on how much I can wait before applying for residency and how much finances I can manage.More you wait and more you do the USCE more chances of you matching in a more better program. Do not worry about the delay of gradaution , PDs would't mind it if you compensate it with some USCE.

I hope u make a descion and stick to the plan. All the best for your steps, do not compromise on your step score. GL
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Default Thanks !!!

Thank you Neutrino for the advice!
Thank you for taking the time out to help me decide - This gives me some confidence and I think I will go ahead and delay my graduation by another year.

Good luck to you buddy, God bless!
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