Originally Posted by medblue
hi i m an img who graduated in jan 2014 and moved to US 3 months back.i hope to give step one by end of this year..so is it necessary to do an observship or externship before my step one?will that increase my chance of getting residency?because i have heard that there shouldnt be any gaps in your profile after graduation where you havent joined any hospital..
You dont need do an observerships / externship, before your usmle exams. I would advise you to focus all your energy in study and get a high score.
However USCE (observerships / externship ) is highly recommended, almost mandatory before applying to residency after you finish all your exams.