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Help Contacting physicians to allow for observership!

I was applying for some observership in US and they want to contact doctors in the hospital regarding the observership allowance!
I am confused..
Do I need to call different doctors in the department and ask them they can allow me to do observership?
Please tell me how can I contact them since the website is showing their office phone numbers and address only.
Please any help is appreciated.
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Many hospitals have this policy, you are allowed to observe only if the attending himself/herself sponsor you.

Generally speaking, such hospitals are difficult to get into for observerhsip unless you have direct connections with the attendings.

Yes. you can contact them but 99% you'll get no response.

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Thanks Sabio for responding.
So do I need to call their office and ask the receptionist that I want to talk to Dr.XYZ regarding observership? I guess they won't allow me to talk to the dr..
or do i need to look for their email?
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Usually the receptionist will not allow you to talk to the doctors, she'll just take your message and will tell that the doctor will get back to you and of course he/she will never do.

You can also try emailing them but as I said the response rate is really really low if you don't have connections.

Getting observership and externship by this way is extremely difficult and that's why companies that offer paid USCE have been thriving.

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