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I graduated from an Indian medical school in 2012. I hold a H4 visa(dependent).
I wish to know certain things:
1) Will i be able to do all kinds of observerships holding a H1 visa or few colleges/hospitals require other visas
2) Is it fine to do internal medicine observership and get LORs as internal medicine LOR can be used for many courses , but OG lors can not be suitably updated for internal medicine or other allied programs
3) Do colleges or hospitals require LOR from the medical school where we studied to get us into an observership program?
4) How many months of observerships will be fine?? I have 5 months time for this?
5) How many hours should we work during the course of observership?
6) I graduated in 2012 and i had not been working since then. Will i face any problem as i have a gap of 1 year during which i did not have any clinical pratise?

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Hello rajeeeram,

We just launched an observership program through our Academy so I can answer all of these questions for you from our point of view...

1. For our attending physicians, as long as you have the legal authority to be in the US they will take you as an Observership.

2. If you want to match into IM then having IM LOR's is very important.

3. I don't know about other programs, but we don't require a LOR from your medical school, only proof that you have graduated.

4. The more you can put yourself face-to-face with Physicians in your desired speciality the better... for example if you only do 2 weeks you don't get much opportunity to impress and/or make important contacts. If you do 5 months you have more time to impress, meet important people who make decisions, etc, etc.

5. Usually this depends on the Physician with whom you are working. If they are full-time and want you there, it is in your best interest to be there. Some Physicians (for ex in surgical subs such as Urology) are only part-time and wouldn't require as much of a time commitment.

6. It may be an issue that comes up in your residency interviews, but as far as getting observerships no.

I hope that helps to answer your questions. If you have any others that you need help with, please feel free to send me a message.

Best of luck in your search for a quality Observership!
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Hello rajeeeram,

We just launched an observership program through our Academy so I can answer all of these questions for you from our point of view...

1. For our attending physicians, as long as you have the legal authority to be in the US they will take you as an Observership.

2. If you want to match into IM then having IM LOR's is very important.

3. I don't know about other programs, but we don't require a LOR from your medical school, only proof that you have graduated.

4. The more you can put yourself face-to-face with Physicians in your desired speciality the better... for example if you only do 2 weeks you don't get much opportunity to impress and/or make important contacts. If you do 5 months you have more time to impress, meet important people who make decisions, etc, etc.

5. Usually this depends on the Physician with whom you are working. If they are full-time and want you there, it is in your best interest to be there. Some Physicians (for ex in surgical subs such as Urology) are only part-time and wouldn't require as much of a time commitment.

6. It may be an issue that comes up in your residency interviews, but as far as getting observerships no.

I hope that helps to answer your questions. If you have any others that you need help with, please feel free to send me a message.

Best of luck in your search for a quality Observership!
Thanks a lot for taking time to reply to my post
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