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Do electives/observerships lose their value with time? I'm in my 4th year currently out of 6 years. Should I wait till I finish my 5th or is it okay if I go after finishing the 4th? Knowing that I will be preparing for usmle after graduating.
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You need to do a lot of contacting - emails, calls etc. to ask for places. Observerships usually are provided to IMGs but since you are a medical student, you can also get clinical and research electives.

some programs want you to just do TOEFL, some want USMLE Step 1 completed, others don't want anything as long as you pay (usually a high fee up to $5,000 per month)

There are so many programs, keep looking.
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You need to do a lot of contacting - emails, calls etc. to ask for places. Observerships usually are provided to IMGs but since you are a medical student, you can also get clinical and research electives.

some programs want you to just do TOEFL, some want USMLE Step 1 completed, others don't want anything as long as you pay (usually a high fee up to $5,000 per month)

There are so many programs, keep looking.
What I meant to ask, suppose I could go for an elective at any year, would it be better to do it after 4th or 5th?
If I apply for residency in 2023, will they view an elective done in 2019 as old and worthless?
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What I meant to ask, suppose I could go for an elective at any year, would it be better to do it after 4th or 5th?
If I apply for residency in 2023, will they view an elective done in 2019 as old and worthless?

It would not be seen as old and worthless. But it would be better to have it closer to your interview date. If you aim for LoRs from those rotations, then they definitely need to be fresh.
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What I meant to ask, suppose I could go for an elective at any year, would it be better to do it after 4th or 5th?
If I apply for residency in 2023, will they view an elective done in 2019 as old and worthless?
You could plan all your electives to be done during your final year (most programs require this anyway). That way, your LoRs become recent. You may have to do your USMLE step 1 and step 2CK during school and the rest after graduation.
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Do electives/observerships lose their value with time? I'm in my 4th year currently out of 6 years. Should I wait till I finish my 5th or is it okay if I go after finishing the 4th? Knowing that I will be preparing for usmle after graduating.
Electives are useful for the application, where you can get LORs which are useful for the application. Try to get them in the Last year.
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