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Question how to find hands on clinical experience after graduation

I am an IMG and graduated in 2013. So I am no longer eligible for the electives. As per my knowledge doing observer ship is of no value. So is there any chance or way I can have hands on clinical experience and good lors? Does paid services worth the money they demand in terms of overall experience they provide?

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You can apply at tons of places for free but you have to have amazing usmle scores and probably need to apply a full 1 year before
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There are numerous alternatives for IMGs/FMGs/AMGs that havent Matched to obtain hands-on clinical experience to help them remain competitive residency applicants.

At ACA we specialize in helping qualified Medical Students and Graduates gain access to hands-on clinical experience in two ways:

1.) Physician Supervised Insured Hands-on Externships

- As part of our Medical Residency Track program we partner qualifying Medical Students or Graduates with US Attending Physicians that rotate within Teaching Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Private Practices, Clinics or a combination of Inpatient and Outpatient facilities. Giving them the opportunity to obtain valuable hands-on clinical experience and the opportunity to secure performance based LORs and Clinical Evaluations.

2.) Salaried Job Placement Assistance for Advanced Medical Assisting Positions.

- After completing our Medical Residency Track program Medical Students and Graduates that can work in the US receive job placement assistance for Advanced Medical Assisting positions (primarily within inpatient facilities). These salaried paid positions are intended to help them obtain residency relevant work experience, obtain work related LORs, help cover the application costs for residency and to provide a "Plan B" that allows for the continual practice of hands-on clinical skills if residency isnt secured.

Having a combination of hands-on Externship and Work experience is an excellent way for a residency applicant to distinguish themselves from other applicants with only observership and research experience.

In addition our Medical Residency Track program also provides the following services:

- Required Certifications and Liability Insurance to practice hands-on clinical skills.
- Access to over 1,000 clinical sites across the US.
- Flexible schedules.
- CV, Personal Statement and ERAS Application Review.
- Mock Residency Interview Preparation.
- Tuition Discounts and Payment Plans

Regarding the value of observerships and research clinical rotations you are correct:

"Non-clinical graduate work, such as research or observerships, does not qualify as clinical experience."
New York Phelps FM Residency Program

"Despite student perceptions that research in medical school is an essential ingredient for a successful application to residency, our findings indicate that research experience ranks low among selection criteria when all specialties are grouped together. The NRMP also found that research experience in medical school did not differ significantly among U.S. seniors who matched in their specialties of choice and those who did not.1 This was consistent across competitive and noncompetitive specialties. It should be noted, however, that in our survey, program directors in particularly competitive specialties (radiation oncology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and dermatology) ranked research experience highly (Table 3). It may be that when all other selection criteria are outstanding among applicants to a particular specialty, research experience or research publications may help discriminate candidates."


Contact us for a free consultation.

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Isn't the medical assistant position actually completely useless?

Why waste time doing the certifications for that when residency programs are looking for hands on clinical patient care?

Don't MA's take blood pressure and height/weight

In my opinion, a complete waste of time.
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