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Question Solid USCE for post-grads?

Hello everyone. I'm an IMG (graduated 2011), and applying for the 2014 Match and am interested in Internal Medicine. I am taking the Step 1 Exam this October.
My question is regarding USCE which I don't have yet. I have a great LOR from Johns Hopkins for a research elective done in 2009, but have no USCE. No publications either. I read a lot of helpful discussions about graduates wishing to seek USCE on this forum (looked up some previous topics), but I still have an important question. Is there a way for a graduate to get an externship at a hospital affiliated program rather than an observership/USCE at a private clinic? Would you people know of anyone who managed to get an externship post-graduation? I am thinking of getting in touch with some physicians at university-affiliated Hospitals via email, what do you guys think?

Secondly, I am leaving for the US in June '13. And have three solid months that I've left for CS and observersips etc. If I can't get an actual solid externship at a university-affiliated program somehow (The chances of getting one are nil anyway), would a month of USCE at a community hospital plus an observership at a university-affiliated hospital count? As in, would it make my application good?
I've been an above-average student in Medschool, and am expecting a good Step 1 score. Any feedback/discussion/suggestion is welcome and shall be appreciated
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Yes. Externships are possible after graduation but they are very difficult to get. That's why there are many companies charging IMGs for that.

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Thank you for reply, Sabio.
Looking up the site voted the most in the poll. Would there be a discussion available regarding the cost of these paid externships?
Also, what do you think about contacting physicians in university-affiliated hospitals via email, with a convincing cover letter asking for an externship? Too ambitious, or worth trying?
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Yes. Try that of course.
What am saying is that if you fail to get something for free, then there's always the option of paying for that.

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