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I have an attempt on CS. I took it the second time. I am waiting for the result. What should i focus on from now? I had no clerkships. I graduated. I am done with step1 and step2ck. Are observerships a better choice or research is the better one? Please help me. I am hearing biased opinions. Right now i am doing observerships at a big hospital. Does it help me as i have no clinical experience.
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I would try to get into an externship or at least something where you can keep in touch with your clinical skills and interact with patients. If you're doing an observership where all you do is watch, it may not be impressive to some programs unfortunately. However, if you're doing an observership at a hospital where you can apply for residency, you may have a good chance matching there.

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Thanks for the advise. I have two externships on hold-they are yet to confirm. They accepted my application. So waiting for them in the while i am doing observerships and planning to take step3 too.
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Also i have two externships which i did in last year ,but its not in a teaching hospital.
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You have numerous alternatives that can help you become a competitive residency applicant besides Observership or Research clinical rotations.


"Non-clinical graduate work, such as research or observerships, does not qualify as clinical experience."
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http://www.nymcphelpsresidency.org/residency/guidelines


"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."

Reference: http://journals.lww.com/academ…eside...s_of_a.24.aspx


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