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Hey guys,

I'm a medical student in Italy.. I'd like to know what kind of possibility could have a student, who haven't done steps yet, to get involved into a medical elective, such as observership, etc, and where?

Can someone explain me?

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As u r student. U can do electives. Observership and externship are for graduates.
Search in google about "electives in US". You will get list of university and community programs offering elective. Just go to respective program website and read about there eligibility criteria. I think there are lots of elective program who offer 1-2 months of elective without any steps.
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Thank you! i haven't understand very well how does med school and residency work..it's completely different from italian system..and that's a compliment
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Lots of programs say that students have to be at their last year of medical school... do you know programs that accept also younger students? And which are the best programs?
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Internship/Core/Elective rotations are for medical students or recent medical graduates.

Depending in what part of the world you are attending medical school, the requirements for these rotations are typically set by the medical school, medical school supervisory board or government. Typically documentation is provided to the medical student or grad outlining the requirements of these rotations and when they can be started. In some cases having passed one of the USMLE exams is required.

If your medical school doesnt have affiliations with US Physicians or Teaching Hospitals for Elective rotations in the US we can assist you.


Medical graduates that have completed 1 year of Internship/Core/Elective rotations outside of the US can obtain USCE by completing the following clinical rotations:
- Physician supervised insured hands-on clinical rotations (clerkships or externships)
- Observership/Shadowing/Volunteer rotations
- Research rotations

Hands-on experience being the most competitive for most specialties.
Having passed at least one of the USMLEs is recommended before starting these rotations.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for replying! Well, i'm a med student in Italy and i'm attending "universitÓ degli studi di Perugia", that, i'm quite sure, hasn't any affiliation with US schools of medicine..So, do you know what could be the better solution for me? Thanks
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First inquire with your medical school regarding their requirements for Internship/Core/Elective rotations. They will let you know if you can complete a portion of these rotations out side of Italy (in the US) and the requirements for these rotations.

In the majority of the cases they will approve Elective Rotations to be completed in the US. If this is the case you can contact us to help you organize these rotations. We have affiliations with over 1,000 US Attending Physicians at inpatient and outpatient facilities including Teaching Hospitals.

Your medical school will approve these rotations first, you will then come to the US to complete them, you will return back with proof of completion and your medical school will give you credit for them.

The benefit of completing Externship rotations in the US is to obtain hands-on USCE, learn about the US healthcare system, and obtain LORs and Clinical Evaluations from US Physicians to help you become a competitive residency applicant.

Its a process but extremely beneficial if your goal is to secure residency in the US,

Are you a US citizen, resident or visa holder?
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No, I'm an italian citizen and not a visa holder..
But the electives you are talking about could be done only during last year of med school?
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Traditionally yes. But the requirements are different per medical school.

Make sure to speak with a representative from your medical school to verify their requirements.

If you are approved for elective rotations to take place outside of Italy you will have to secure a visa. We would be able to provide you with an Enrollment Letter to help increase your chances of securing the visa.

Hope this helps and keep us posted on your progress.
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Sure, and thanks a lot for your precious information!
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