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Since going to the US is expensive and US clinical experience is important for applying and getting matched, I will only be able to do it once. I have one year left in medical school, should I do an undergraduate clerkship (now) or wait and do a postgraduate clerkship? Which is more impressive?
 

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Do it now

There's no postgraduate clerkships there's only undergraduate clerkships.

Once you graduate you have to be looking for observerships or externships.

Clerkships are ranked much higher than externships which in turn rank higher than observership in terms of USCE.

Therefore, it's strongly recommended that you go for clerkships right now before you graduate.

For more information check these lists
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Thanks Rasheed. I still have more questions though so if you're willing to answer them I'd be very grateful. I have an opportunity to do a 1 month clerkship in OBGYN in Southhampton hospital in New York, through a website called www.amclinicals.com. I've been looking at requirements for residency programs for IMGs and they all require at least 3 months of US experience so I'm wondering if this one is worth it or if I should wait and go another time when its possible to do a full 3 months? Also, we have an exchange program in college which enables us to do one of our essential clinical rotations in a college in America, I'm wondering if that would be considered a clerkship or not? and would that be beneficial?
 

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I'd prefer the school exchange program

Your medical school exchange program is an excellent choice at this time and is certainly considered a clerkship and it's more organized and "official" than a clerkship that you seek on your own.

As for the IMG requirements, Not all programs require 3 months USCE. Most of them require one of USCE and there are many who do not require USCE at all.

As for the website you mentioned, we are not aware of it. That must be a new service out there and please send us your feedback if you sign up with them.

We have a poll in which members have voted to best paid IMG externships, check it out here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/externships-observerships-clerkships/1420-paid-externships-imgs.html

However, that poll may not be applicable to you since your are looking for clerkship rather than externship.

Please let me know if you have further queries
 

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Thanks for being so keen on answering my questions. What exactly is difference between a clerkship and an externship, other than that one is undergrad and the other is post grad? Also, am I considered an undergrad during my internship year?
 

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Thanks for being so keen on answering my questions. What exactly is difference between a clerkship and an externship, other than that one is undergrad and the other is post grad? Also, am I considered an undergrad during my internship year?
Other than clerkships is for undergraduates and externships for postgraduates there's usually more structured organized program for clerkship trainees and even sometimes performance evaluation which may not be seen in externships. Externship is actually a term that not all people are comfortable with. It generally refers to "Hands-On clinical training for postgraduates" while clerkships is well recognized term and is recognized by all residency programs and it's the standard of clinical education.

As for your other questions.
It depends on your school. If they grant you the degree before your clinical rotation then you are considered a graduate during your internship. While if they don't grant you the degree until you finish your internship then your are considered under grad. It's the diploma that delineates under from post graduate status.
 
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