Posted by Dr. Rock from IP 18.104.22.168 on April 26, 2010 at 07:05:59:
In Reply to: externship help posted by Ayesha Osmania on April 26, 2010 at 02:13:30:
Your problem is not that you have worked with private practice physicians, your problem is that you have not done enough of that.
I am an IMG-coach and I will be giving these opportunities for externship very soon myself. I will have an appointment as clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, but there is no way one can provide an externship in that university, so people will be getting the experience from my clinic and I will round with them at a private hospital.
I have coached hundreds of people, most of them had experiences with private docs and matched. Many actually did externship with FMG portal or americlerkship. The problem is that if you do only 1 or 2 months of externship even at a university it will not be enouh. People are looking for many months of experience. I see you are fixated on experience with private docs. Good luck to find an externship in a university or even affiliated hospital.
What people really look at is demontration that you understand the American medical system, that you have the clinical skills necessary to work in the US and that you can interact with US patients and physicians well.
I recommend that you buy the International Medical Graduate's Best Hope sold on amazon and on my website: www.img-coach.com
Read the section on externship and LORs. US LORs as I mentioned in the book, is the second most important aspect of the application. You will see in the book the criteria for strong LORs and weak LORs and you will come to a better understanding of what is needed to be successful in the match.
You can also visit my services and get coached by one of the best in the business.
You can even e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions regarding the process of externships and what you should do to be successful.
You have above average USMLE scores and your graduation is fairly decent with an education at the UK. You should ace that match.
I am a little concerned about your interview skills. When you get arguments like you don't have enough US clin experiences, it is usually because you have not impressed them enough. UK is pretty good, you should know how to sell such experience. The book has a set of important questions asked in the exam and how to answer the most popular questions.
The content is laid out on my website: www.img-coach.com
Have a great week.
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