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Hello everyone,

My name is Christian and I am a 2nd year medical student in Mexico. I am really glad I found this forum because apparently it's hard to get information in my country about IMGs and USCE, which is why I would greatly appreciate your help.

It may be somewhat early for me to be exploring clinical opportunities in the US, however, I have been doing research on the topic and I found that most medical schools require students to be in their last year of medical school to be considered for clinical electives.

My questions is: what would be considered as my last year of medical school if my medical school program consists of 2 years of core medical sciences, 2 years of clinical sciences and clerkships, 1 year of pre-graduate internship, and 1 year of mandatory social service? That would be a total of 6 years, yet, I'm not quite sure when my "official" last year of medical school would be; during my 4th year and before my internship, or after finishing my internship before my social service?

Again, I would appreciate any information you can provide.


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Do you have to complete the one year social service to receive the medical diploma? If so, then that would be your last year. Technically the final year of medical school would be the year preceding the date you'd receive your medical diploma.
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