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Cool observership/clerkship/externship

hello folks!!
i am eyeing match 15, completing my internship this march and giving step-1 june 13.
few things i need to know..
1. if i get observership/externship in a pvt clinic, how much weight does it carry?
2. is duration of u.s. clinical experience taken into consideration?
3. and if i do externship in a pvt clinic for say, 3-4 months, and have decent scores, can i hope for v good hospital for residency in pediatrics?

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USCE is very important in securing a match.

About the types of USCE and their respective impact on the match read here
Types of USCE; Externship, Observership, Electives Differences and Ranking

If you want to discuss your chances of matching in pediatrics please join/look up the IMG Residency Match Forum (link available in home page).

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There is a difference between internship rotations, elective rotations and externship rotations. however, they are the best forms of US hands-on Clinical Experience.

You may have the opportunity to complete a portion of your internship rotations and all elective rotations in the US. Mainly required to be completed in teaching hospitals.

As a medical graduate that has completed all internship and elective rotations yo will have access to Physician supervised insured hands-on externships. These rotations are available in clinics, private practices, community hospitals and teaching hospitals since you are partnered with the Physician.

In the US one externship rotation is an average of 4 weeks. You want to complete a minimum of 4-6 externship rotations.

It is recommended that each externship rotation be completed in a different inpatient or outpatient facility and under the supervision of a different US Physician to help you expand your network.

You want to end up with 4 strong Clinical Evaluations and LORs from US Physicians related to the specialty you are pursuing.

Let me know if you want more information.

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