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Hey peeps, I'd recently applied for clerkships in July and August at Mayo, Cleveland, Johns Hopkins, Yale ,and Case Western. Unfortunately, they turned down my applications. I understand that July and August are extremely competitive months for electives and these institutions would prioritize the local students.

I am desperate for US electives. One of my friends suggested me to apply for it via American Medical Opportunities Worldwide (AMO). I wonder if anyone of you have heard of it and how reliable and good is this service.
 

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Same here. Any review of American Medical Opportunities Worldwide would be highly appreciated.
 

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One of my schoolmates had a good experience with an externship and another observership. I don't seem to have good luck with them and it's been taking some time to finalize details for my placement.

Will update you guys if I even end up starting. I've been bounced back and forth for several months.
 

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So I finally went for an elective via AMO. I was a bit apprehensive in the beginning but then AMO agreed to let me meet my elective preceptor before the start of my elective since I had to come to US to visit my family before the start of my electives. I met a doctor from Mt.Sinai and one from NYU. I agreed to go for the former but after a month I was told the Mt.sinai doctor is not feeling well and might not be available for direct supervision of my elective. So I opted for the NYU doctor instead. I have been doing elective with him at an out patient setting. I get to take histories, do physical and present to the doctor and so far it has been a good experience. So even though, I wasn't sure in the beginning, if you don't get an elective directly, I believe you should give AMO a try. Definitely better than no USCE at all.
 

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sorry for delayed response

So I completed my AMO clerkship and it turned out well. It's best to verify what you're getting and ensure that the doctor has agreed to it. Like any other organization, they will say that you have a 72-hour window to make a deposit. Don't be intimidated by this.

I made the mistake of thinking that it would be an amazing rotation to miss out on but I ended up being bounced around. Whether it was their fault or the hosting doctor's doesn't matter because we are paying customers and time is important to us. It's worse if you have certain visa restrictions and end up having to wait.

Overall, I had a wonderful rotation and the doctor gave an awesome LOR. Strictly based on organization, I had a really smooth experience with Chicago Clerkships but they don't tend to have hospital rotations, whereas AMO does.
 

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Hospital Rotations

Hi all,
Just a slight clarification: Chicago Clerkships does have a number of rotations that are partially or fully hospital-based. In addition, we have placements with clinical faculty of residency programs at teaching hospitals, but that are outpatient-based. We would be happy to help you find a rotation that suits your needs, and we have very competitive rates and a comprehensive package.

Please visit our website and contact us through the quick contact form.

Sincerely,
Lori Ramos
Chicago Clerkships
 

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Hi yashasbabu,

Their website is: http://amoworldwide.org/
Also, if you have Facebook, you can link them up here: https://www.facebook.com/worldwideamo

From what I last know, the price range is $999-$1999 and they have many locations/specialties.

There is no application fee. You can just send them an email or make a free account on their website to get more information released to you.

Hope this helps.
 

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thank you soo much for the info :)
i hav got a reply from the AMO company abt the place, physician name n hospital name , n it is scheduled for this year december Happy-2
they hav askd us to send our resume to confirm the plot ... m currently doing my final year medicine... so can u pls tell wat all shud my resume shud hav ?? it wud b helpfull if u get back to me asap :) :):p
 

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Hi yashasbabu,

It's good if you can start preparing a CV as opposed to a resume. What's even better is if you can have two versions - a detailed CV and a short resume - so you can send either of them out not just for AMO.

The key thing is that you want to make it easy when you apply for residency through the match. Typing up your CV on ERAS will not be fun if you haven't prepared ahead of time.

Essentially, the headlines in your CV should include:
Education, Honors/Awards, Experience (Work, Volunteer, Research), Publications

Other minor headlines can include:
Hobbies/Interest, Language Fluency (please do not include English; it's great if you know another language), Other notable accomplishments

Here are some links you might find helpful:
https://career.ucsf.edu/medical-students/residency-search/cvs-resumes-cover-letters
- Details for converting CV for MSPE (for ERAS/residency)

http://www.mcw.edu/Medical-School/Current-Students/Academic-Support-Services/CV-Samples.htm
- Sample CVs
 

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Hey i hav been going thru AMO as well as CHICAGO CLERKSHIPS ... which one is the best and reliable ??
And thru which do i hav more chances ?

Will I be securing 4 LOR's by doing a clerkship for 4 weeks (1month), working under 4 different physicians, under each for a week?:D


"ECFMG registration number *or* USMLE Step test result report(s)"- CHICAGO CLERKHIPS says this.. so will i not be able to do clerkship if i go via this without step1 scores?? AMO grants clerkships without step1 scores
 

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I actually did go with both companies, a 4-week rotation with each of them. Fortunately for me, both were hospital-based and I only worked under one physician and got an LOR after. Before you secure your placement with the deposit, it's best to clarify what you want - which specialty, hours, inpatient or outpatient, etc.

I don't know about their policies regarding Step 1 so it's best that you check with their respective coordinators.
 

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Hey Nassim

I read this post somewhere


"Just spoke with another IMG from Jordan than completed one elective rotation in Mount Sinai NYC. He shared with me that he had a great experience practicing clinical skills under the supervision of Cardiology Physicians. During his 4 weeks stay he managed to work with 3 different Physicians and secured a total of 3 LORs.

This is a major concern and should be avoided for the following reasons:
1.) In the US one US clinical rotation is an average of 4-8 weeks.
2.) 1 Clinical Evaluation and 1 LOR should be obtained per clinical rotation.

It is obvious from the limited time spent with the 3 physicians that the IMG didnt have enough time to practice multiple clinical skills and to showcase his skills. Therefore the LORs obtained were most likely "cookie cutter" versions and not personalized to what he was able to show during his rotation. "


Is this a good option ?? Is it possible to get 4 LOR's in 4 weeks ?? or is it better to go for 1 LOR for 4 weeks ??
Will 1 LOR be sufficient/carry good amount of weightage in my resume and help me secure/confer me better chances of gaining residency ??
 

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The thing about LORs is that you need to have quality ones. If you waive your rights to see them (ie they get uploaded by the writer themselves), then you don't know the caliber of the letter. Sometimes there have been cases where the letter is just a couple of lines but if it comes from a well-renowned institution, it may still help your case. On the other hand, you may develop a close rapport with the physicians and if they value your opinion, they might even show you the letter before uploading it although you have waived your rights to see it.

We don't know how much work this guy you mentioned did. For all we know, the physicians may each only work certain days a week or he worked 4 hours a day with each physician (12 hours a day Happy-2:))) so everyone has different experiences and we just observe contextually.

I know that the above-mentioned companies will only allow for 1 LOR for each 4-week placement you do. In that time, if you make connections with other doctors and have separate agreements, then that's to your own discretion. Be mindful that if you need a visa, there might be some legalities that you're infringing upon by accepting a new private offer.

Also, you might find this link helpful: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/PD-Survey-Report-2014.pdf
It shows what the program directors weigh in order of importance for the various selection criteria of candidates, for giving interviews and post-interview.
 
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