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Default Externship Vs Obersvership

Hello all,

Can someone please give me the differences between these two?
  1. How exactly do they differ?
  2. What is the value difference for each from a residency perspective?
  3. I heard that only an international student (and NOT international graduate) can do Externship. If graduate, then can do only Observership. Is this true?
Any additional pointers would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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This is very incorrect. IMGs are capable of doing externships and observerships. However, observerships are not very strong experience because you are not allow to perform any hands on experience. Students are able to do electives since they are still enrolled in a University. If you are a graduate your best bet for residency relevant experience is externships
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