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for an IMG, i heard that clerkships LORs hold more value than externship LORs during matching process. is this true? ? I couldn't do a clerkship during my internship
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I know clerkships are found through AAMC and are all at University hospitals. Most of the time, you'll be rounding with teams just like a M3 or M4 does here. USCE at University hospitals will likley lead to great LoRs from the teaching faculty there. So yes, they would probably hold more value.
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Medical Students and Graduates may have access to Clrekships and Externships.

Clerkships and Externships offer Physician supervised insured hands-on clinical experience. However, they are different.

Clerkships:
There are numerous clinical management companies across the US that offer Clerkships for medical students and graduates.
Per state regulations some states dont allow clerkships.
Clerkships typically allow for the practice of 50 non-invasive clinical skills under the supervision of an Attending Physician.
Medical Students that are approved by their medical school to complete Clerkships made available by placement agencies, may receive Internship/Core/Elective USCE credit and is documented as such on their medical school transcripts and ERAS Application.
Medical Graduates that complete Clerkships rotations provided by placement agencies must record these rotations under "volunteer" since they are being done on a volunteer basis.
Performance based LORs and Clinical evaluations secured from clerkships are recognized by residency programs.


Externships:
Advanced Colleges of America is a state approved educational institution that offers hybrid structured programs for Medical Students and Graduates.
The Medical Residency Track program is the most popular since its design to provide medical students and graduates that qualify access to two different types of US hands-on clinical experience:

1.) 5 individual Physician supervised insured hands-on Externship rotations. (not clerkships)
2.) Residency relevant work experience as a Certified Advanced Medical Assistant (salaried position)

Since ACA an educational institution and abides by stricter regulations our services are not constrained to a particular set of states in the US. However, at the moment we can only assist medical students and graduates that are US citizens, US residents, or have an H1/H4/F1/I visa.

ACAs Medical Residency Track Program is designed to provide the following services:

1.) 5 individual hands-on clinical externship rotations.
2.) Assistance with securing Performance Based LORs and Clinical Evaluations.
3.) 8-10 Online courses related to the US Healthcare System and Advanced Medical Assisting.
4.) Diploma in Advanced Medical Assisting.
5.) AMA NCCT certification examination training manual.
*6.) SALARIED job placement assistance as a Certified Advanced Medical Assistant (F1 with work permit (I) and H1 visa minimum requirement).
7.) CV, Personal Statement, and ERAS application review.
8.) Residency Mock Interview preparation.
9.) payment Plans

Since the 5 individual hands-on externship rotations are being completed as part of a structured educational program for credit:

1.) Medical students may receive Internship/Core/Elective USCE rotation credit as part of the MRT program and is documented as such on their medical school transcripts and ERAS Application.
2.) Medical graduates document hands-on externships under "work" since its for credit.

Performance based LORs and Clinical Evaluations secured from the externship rotations are recognized by residency programs.


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Honestly... They are the SAME THING. I have done tons of research and all you need is the LoR stating you had some hands on experience.

Observerships is more shadowing but even then it all depends on what the physician writes isn't it?
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Its not the same.

All work completed must be recorded for what it is and in the appropriate sections. InternshipsCore/Elective rotations, Clerkships, Extersnhips, Work Expereince, Observerships and Research have their own section on an ERAS Application and must be recorded as such.

Performance based LORs and Clinical Evaluations secured from these clinical rotations should clearly state the type of work completed under the supervision of the Attending Physicians writing these letters.

Hands-nn clinical rotations or work experience require certain certifications and liability insurance and must be clear that you had them during these rotations.

Practicing hands-on clinical skills without the required certifications and liability insurances is a common mistake.

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