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I need an advice.I am an IMG looking for obsevership in pathology and a programs has emailed me saying they offer only five days only.So my question can I ask for an LOR from them in only 5 days..and does this USCE really count in the ERAS CV ...I dont have any US LOR yet and I will applying in next years match so I am in a dilemma .Any Insight or advice specially from Sabio will be really appreciated
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I need an advice.I am an IMG looking for obsevership in pathology and a programs has emailed me saying they offer only five days only.So my question can I ask for an LOR from them in only 5 days..and does this USCE really count in the ERAS CV ...I dont have any US LOR yet and I will applying in next years match so I am in a dilemma .Any Insight or advice specially from Sabio will be really appreciated
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you can use in your application but will not be having much impact on the application. And this will not considered as USCE as you will working for 5 days itself. Also, chances for securing an LOR is difficult. Try to gain externships rotations where you can gain strong experience and can secure LORs.
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Thank you so much Sandeep for taking out time n replying to my post ..I appreciate it..
I thought Externship is for medical students and not graduates and most universities I researched till now provide only Observership if at all they do offer..and someone said in ERAS cv you dont write the period and just mention in the work experience .so they wont know if its for 5 days or 30 days..not sure about this
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Thank you so much Sandeep for taking out time n replying to my post ..I appreciate it..
I thought Externship is for medical students and not graduates and most universities I researched till now provide only Observership if at all they do offer..and someone said in ERAS cv you dont write the period and just mention in the work experience .so they wont know if its for 5 days or 30 days..not sure about this
No externships are only for graduates itself, and it is important than observerships rotations. Yes it if tough to get, you need to look at the IMG friendly places for getting experiences. If you cannot find any then you need to apply through agencies which are reliable and should look at the reviews before applying to them.
Yes it wont be indicated whether you have done 5 days or 30 days but you will not be getting LORs for 5 days. Gaining LORs are more useful to strenthen the application.
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Okay and thank you Sandeep for ur input..getting USCE through agencies costs a lot which i cant afford..although i managed to get 1 observership in august and 1 in November and one more is offering me for 14 days now . .Should I go for it n again is there any chance of getting LOR in 2 wks ? ..what do u suggest ....
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