New to ECFMG Certification?

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Then you probably have a lot of questions. Here are a few answers to get you started.

What is the purpose of ECFMG Certification?

ECFMG Certification is the standard for evaluating the qualifications of IMGs entering the U.S. health care system. It is a requirement for IMGs to:

  • enter residency or fellowship programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME),
  • take Step 3 of the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), and
  • obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.

What is an IMG?

ECFMG defines an international medical graduate (IMG) as a physician who received his/her basic medical degree or qualification from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada. The location of your medical school, not your citizenship, is what determines whether you are an IMG. This means that U.S. citizens who graduated from medical schools outside the United States and Canada are considered IMGs. Non-U.S. citizens who graduated from medical schools in the United States and Canada are not considered IMGs.

What are the requirements for ECFMG Certification?

The requirements for ECFMG Certification include:

  • completion of the Application for ECFMG Certification;
  • passing performance on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 2 Clinical Skills; and
  • primary-source verification of your medical education credentials.

How do I begin the certification process?

The certification process begins when you request a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, which you can do through ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) by clicking on the link to establish an account.


ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) Unavailable September 6-7

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Due to required maintenance, ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on September 6, 2016.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to perform any IWA transactions, including working on or submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification or USMLE exam application; accessing a USMLE scheduling permit; or requesting an extension of a USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK eligibility period.

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Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Joins ECFMG’s EPIC

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ECFMG is pleased to announce that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has incorporated ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into its process for assessing the medical credentials of internationally educated physicians who apply for registration to practice medicine in Nigeria, or who plan to take the Council’s Assessment Examination. The Council now requires these applicants to have their medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC before submitting their applications. ECFMG is proud to partner with the Council to add primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Council’s tools for evaluating the qualifications of its physician applicants.

Read the full press release.


Availability of ECFMG’s 2017 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials

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ECFMG’s 2017 Information Booklet

ECFMG’s 2017 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2017 exam application materials are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in mid-September 2016.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you will be able to use the 2017 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2016 (September 2016-November 2016 and October 2016-December 2016) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2017, beginning with the November 2016-January 2017 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2017 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed.

Please monitor the ECFMG website for updates on the availability of ECFMG’s 2017 Information Bookleton ECFMG Certification and application materials.


MyECFMG Mobile App Update Offers New Features for ERAS Applicants

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ECFMG is pleased to announce that an update is now available for the MyECFMG mobile app. This update offers new features for users who wish to participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). The first feature enables an applicant to purchase a 2017 ERAS residency Token. The second enables a repeat applicant to select available letters of recommendation (LORs) from last year’s ERAS application for reuse with his/her ERAS 2017 application. To learn more about ERAS Tokens and LORs, please visit ERAS Support Services for Applicants.

For more information on login requirements for the MyECFMG mobile app, what you can do with the app, and a link to download it for free to your iPhone or Android phone, visithttp://www.ecfmg.org/resources/myecfmg-mobile-app.html.

If you’re using MyECFMG, please use the app’s Feedback function to let us know what you think of it! We welcome your input to help us improve MyECFMG.

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New features in Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations

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The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver Step 1 and Step 2 CK of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification and reverse color (color inversion).

The new features will begin to be administered in Step 1 examinations during a transition period beginning the week of May 9, and in Step 2 CK examinations during a transition period beginning the week of July 10. Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks.

NEW FEATURES

Two new user-adjustable display features will be available in the new software:

  • Reverse color (color inversion)
  • Text magnification

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Top Five Countries of Medical School, ECFMG Certificants 1989-2013

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Top five countries based on aggregate data over a 25-year period.
Source: ECFMG database. Data current as of January 17, 2014.


Top Five Countries of Medical School, ECFMG Certificants 1989-2013

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Top five countries based on aggregate data over a 25-year period.
Source: ECFMG database. Data current as of January 17, 2014.


Standard ECFMG Certificates Issued in 2013: Distribution of Recipients by Country of Medical School and by Country of Citizenship

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Standard ECFMG Certificates Issued in 2013

Distribution of Recipients by Country of Medical School and by Country of Citizenship

Country Country of Medical School Country of Citizenship
  No. % No. %
Antigua and Barbuda 356 3.7 1 <0.1
Aruba 50 0.5 0 0.0
Australia 94 1.0 45 0.5
Bangladesh 48 0.5 51 0.5
Brazil 63 0.7 66 0.7
Canada 0 0.0 831 8.6
Cayman Islands 129 1.3 0 0.0
China 210 2.2 185 1.9
Colombia 85 0.9 81 0.8
Cuba 67 0.7 61 0.6
Dominica 819 8.5 1 <0.1
Dominican Republic 122 1.3 52 0.5
Egypt 202 2.1 188 2.0
Germany 88 0.9 84 0.9
Grenada 891 9.3 5 0.1
Hungary 70 0.7 10 0.1
India 1,278 13.3 1,369 14.2
Iran 167 1.7 175 1.8
Iraq 83 0.9 100 1.0
Ireland 181 1.9 74 0.8
Israel 211 2.2 138 1.4
Japan 70 0.7 68 0.7
Jordan 110 1.1 110 1.1
Lebanon 123 1.3 111 1.2
Mexico 181 1.9 84 0.9
Myanmar 69 0.7 72 0.7
Nepal 94 1.0 99 1.0
Nigeria 152 1.6 215 2.2
Pakistan 568 5.9 529 5.5
Peru 55 0.6 59 0.6
Philippines 136 1.4 97 1.0
Poland 143 1.5 17 0.2
Russia 94 1.0 56 0.6
Saba 156 1.6 0 0.0
Saint Kitts and Nevis 336 3.5 2 <0.1
Saudi Arabia 120 1.2 119 1.2
Singapore 59 0.6 46 0.5
Sint Maarten 367 3.8 0 0.0
South Korea 63 0.7 71 0.7
Syria 96 1.0 111 1.2
Ukraine 50 0.5 31 0.3
United Kingdom 106 1.1 93 1.0
United States 0 0.0 2,963 30.8
Venezuela 59 0.6 60 0.6
Countries with fewer than 50 recipients 1,201 12.5 1,092 11.3
Total 9,622 100.0 9,622 100.0

Citizenship is as of the time of entrance into medical school. Percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Source: ECFMG database. Data current as of January 17, 2014.


Helpful Tips in Finding Observership Opportunities in the US

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For foreign medical students or graduates, the word observership is already a familiar term. This is a clinical experience which all of them, local or international graduates, should undertake. This shadowing experience does not allow direct patient care or interaction. They are only allowed to observe or watch preceptor physicians on various procedures in the medical profession.

Finding observership opportunities in the US nowadays is becoming more competitive as thousands and thousands of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are applying for residency spots every year. Though your success hinges on a great transcript and high USMLE scores as well as higher scores during interviews, most of the programs are still giving a considerable weight on the applicant’s clinical experience.

Given the stiff competition in taking a spot in medical observership, what is your chance of getting one? Before you get out in the wider space to venture and explore, consider the following tips below that might be of great help during your hunting:

Connect with Contacts

Approaching your friends or relatives to inquire regarding observership opportunity is not a bad thing to do. Your contact may have ideas or information about this opportunity or maybe an access to physicians who are working in hospitals that offer observership program. They can introduce you to their friends whom later can recommend you for an available observership program.

 Helpful Tips in Finding Observerships Opportunities in the USTake Email as an Effective Means

If you are someone who doesn’t know any contact, finding an observership slot in the US may require a lot of hard work. One way of to assist your job much easier is through sending emails. Create a list of email addresses of persons who are in-charge of observership program in a hospital from where you are interested to. Send as many emails as you can manage expressing your interest on their offered observership program. From out of a hundred tries, taking back a reply of at least 5 or 10 wouldn’t be that bad anymore. Out from those replies, you might be lucky enough to get one positive opportunity.

Making Phone calls

One way of taking chances is through making phone calls to all possible medical institutions. Inquire the person in-charged whether they allow the shadowing of their physicians. Remember to have patience and politely make phone calls as many as you can. Out of 100 or more, it is possible that you can receive back a positive response.

Personally Set a Meeting

You can visit a few hospitals and try to set a schedule with the department head. This way, you can personally talk with the persons in-charged and express your intention and request for shadowing their physicians to gain more experience.

It takes effort and perseverance to take a slot for medical observership in the US. Opportunity will never come to those who doesn’t move their muscles. The more you take chances, the higher your opportunities are. Once you have entered one observership program, better chances of having more observership opportunities will open up for you.


Changes to USMLE 2015® 2015 -2016

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Changes to USMLE 2016

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USMLE Bulletin of Information 2016

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Bulletin of information 2016The Bulletin includes information on all aspects of USMLE, such as eligibility requirements, scheduling test dates, testing, and score reporting. You must review and become familiar with the Bulletin before completing your application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK and CS), or Step 3.

Download the PDF version of the 2016 Bulletin

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ECFMG Fee Increase

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Effective January 1, 2016, fees for some ECFMG services will increase. The fees that will increase include:

  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will increase from $865 to $880 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will increase from $1,505 to $1,535 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will increase from $0-$1,250 (depending on date of cancellation) to $0-$1,275 (depending on date of cancellation).

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2016 (Eastern Time in the United States).

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2016 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.

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How does a medical student get an observership in the USA?

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Enewletter-header-imageAs you know that process of getting a residency spot in USA is becoming competitive for IMGs. In this situation, “United States Clinical Experience” is very important to distinguish your application between other applicants. So, start hunting to participate in right observership program. Getting right   observership is even more complicated than getting a residency spot. Regarding hunting, to be honest, emailing medical professors or other research scientists will not work. Most of them don’t open any irrelevant emails that would be linked to a research volunteering. However, following mentioned tips will help you to approach a right observership program.

  • The best way to approach a medical expert or school for sponsorship is through someone you know. He can be your friend, relative, or a doctor who did an observership over there. He/she can introduce you to the faculty of the medical school.
  • But if you don’t have any contacts in America then do some efforts own your own. Search for contact details of every hospital where you are interested to get experience. Email the PC/PD/Attending expressing for the program. You will get reply soon.
  • The best way is to meet the researchers personally. Take your well written CV along with attractive cover letter with you. Before going to meet any person, you should spend some time to know his current and previous researches, and areas of interest so that can covey him easily.
  • Now if you prove unlucky in getting response then it is time to make some calls. Contact with the administration of your interested hospital and tell them that your want to become observer. I am sure they will give you a schedule appointment.

Remember, to avail maximum chances to participate in observership, you have to submit your request earlier. I suggested that the months from March to June are best for the hinting of observership. Internet search is the best way to approach to a right program.


University Hospitals, Community Hospitals and Clinics: Relative Value of U.S. Clinical Experience

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The importance of US clinical experience (USCE) among international medical students and graduates are greatly recognized. Clinical experiences will involve direct care and treatment to patients and observing interaction between physicians and patients. The length of time which should be spent during clinical experience are determined by medical schools or programs, at least with a minimum of one year. Through clinical experience that graduates and students will improve their understanding on the practice of medicine as well as the realities that is running through the medical field. Likewise, you can gain the value of being people-oriented while boosting you to be a service-oriented professional.

Where Can One Practice the US Clinical Experience?

There are various settings from which a medical student or graduate can secure a clinical experience. Oftentimes, this should be approved by the medical school from where you are attending or in medical facilities that provide these type of programs.

Below are settings where medical students and graduates can earn their clinical experience:

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University Hospitals – Basically students and graduates are enrolled in universities which has their own university hospitals or its affiliates. Oftentimes, they gain their clinical experience such as medical observership and clerkship from university hospitals or its affiliates. University hospitals can provide a concrete setting of clinical experience in the US. You will gain great exposure in the medical system from observing to hands-on patient care and treatment. Because university hospitals are equipped with complete equipment and facilities, international medical graduates and students can improve their knowledge and skills on how medicine is truly practiced. Likewise, since they are pooled with great number of physicians in various specialties, a lot of knowledge can be gained from them.

Community Hospitals – This venue can also provide medical students and graduates with additional knowledge and skills but not as much as university hospitals can. Normally, community hospitals has smaller patients catered and with less facilities. Students and graduates can learn various medical procedures along with increasing their knowledge on how community hospitals are being run.

Clinics – smaller in size than university or community hospitals, this setting likewise offers limited scope for clinical experience. One can gain insights about physician-patient interaction along with various protocols and procedures on health care but not as huge as university hospitals can provide.

Importance of These Venues to Clinical Experience

The value that medical facilities such as university hospitals, community hospitals or clinics should not be underestimated. Students and graduates have earned tons of knowledge from attending medical schools but clinical experience still plays a crucial role in preparing them on the realities and better understanding of the US medical system. This is the reason why they are sent outside the medical schools in order for them to witness, observe and gain practical skills and knowledge on how medical practice should be.

Medical facilities are very important for students and graduates to secure their clinical experience. There are numerous actual procedures that can be acquired especially from university hospitals including how to respond accordingly to patient care and treatment. You will gain insights on various procedures as well getting along with other medical staff and patients.

Everyday, different knowledge is being acquired, thus improving one’s capability to handle the medical practice. University hospitals provide a greater opportunity to earn more medical knowledge and skills compared to community hospitals or clinics. Nonetheless community hospitals are much better than clinics are. Choosing university hospitals for USCE would be the best choice but being able to gain clinical experiences in community hospitals and clinics are another additional points. Remember that different experiences in various settings can render different results and decision!


Rotation Placement – Medical graduates and international physicians currently preparing to apply for US residency positions

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We assist medical graduates and international physicians currently preparing to apply for US residency positions. We offer inpatient and outpatient observership and externships experiences in various specialties with preceptors located in major cities primarily on the east coast. We offer observerships and externships in a variety of teaching settings including private practices, community hospitals, teaching hospitals, long term acute care centers, and outpatient clinics.

 

Our Specialties Include:

  1. ENT
  2. Family Medicine
  3. Nephrology
  4. Infectious Disease
  5. Rhumatology
  6. Internal Medicine
  7. Hematology
  8. Cardiology
  9. General Surgery
  10. Dermatology
  11. OB/GYN
  12. Radiology
  13. Ophthalmology
  14. Vascular Surgery
  15. Anesthesiology
  16. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  17. Oncology

 

Our Locations Include:

  1. Manhattan, NY
  2. Bronx, NY
  3. Brooklyn, NY

 


U.S. Citizens Pursuing ECFMG Certification

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There is much interest in U.S. citizens who receive their medical education abroad. U.S. citizens accounted for 27.7% of the international medical students/graduates registered for examination in 2014. The largest numbers of U.S. citizen registrants were students/graduates of medical schools in Dominica (1,768), Grenada (1,633), Saint Kitts and Nevis (966), Sint Maarten (855), and Dominican Republic (703).

Examination performance data for U.S. citizen international medical students/graduates are provided in Exhibit 1.

In 2014, 3,137 Standard ECFMG Certificates were issued to U.S. citizens. The largest numbers of U.S. citizen certificants were graduates of medical schools in Dominica (736), Grenada (640), Sint Maarten (302), Antigua and Barbuda (231), and Saint Kitts and Nevis (196).

The 3,137 U.S. citizens certified by ECFMG in 2014 graduated from 228 medical schools located in 78 countries or territories. Nearly 80% of these medical schools report that English is one of their languages of instruction.

English was the most common native language reported by U.S. citizens certified by ECFMG in 2014 (82.2%). More than 50 other native languages were reported, including Spanish (4.1%), Urdu (1.7%), Arabic (1.6%), and Gujarati (1.2%).

Some 54% of the U.S. citizens certified by ECFMG in 2014 were men and 46% were women. Their average age at the time of certification was 29.6 years. The average time between when these certificants received their medical degree and when they were certified by ECFMG was 0.5 years.

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Interview Tips

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Interview Tips for Medical Student

Interviewing is like acting, you need to apply your lines. First part practice. There are enough IMG websites with meet questions from former individuals. Find questions that you’re thinking that are important to option. Write out your resolutions. Practice those answers. Practice face-to-face with a mirror. Video your own self practicing those answers. Watch the video to make yourself feedback. Painful isn’t the application? Correct your responses to allow them to flow naturally. Find a skype partner to apply with. Practice some more. Find a native native English speakers speaker to ask you the questions as well as get them what they planned your answers.

The interviewer comprises her mind in the very first 3-5 minutes. That is whatever you get. When you begin to see the interviewer, smile and tremble hands firmly. We know you are nervous but do not show it. Make attention contact. Practice posture to indicate that you’re interested. Uncross you legs and arms, put your feet on the floor. Sit a little forward inside your chair, look the interviewer within the eyes and smile whenever you talk.

If the first couple of minutes go well, then all of those other interview can become an amiable exchange of ideas. It doesn’t really matter that which you say it is the way you say it. If you find polished and practiced that’s really important.

Make a summary of questions that you will ask at the conclusion of the interview. Even though the information is currently covered, ask a question about something new in the hospital or something personal like “why would you like being involved along with residency education? ” or “what do you consider makes this program unique? ”


International Student in The U.S.

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974,926 international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities in 2014/15.

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International Opportunities in Medical Education

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As medical student and faculty interest in cross-cultural education and global health increases, it is important to have a better understanding of the variety and scope of available international education opportunities. FAIMER and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have joined together to collect information about the international activities of U.S. allopathic medical schools and to make that information available to the public.

The resulting directory, International Opportunities in Medical Education (IOME), contains information about international programs for medical students, residents, and faculty as reported by the medical schools who have responded to our survey. IOME provides information about which schools offer such programs, how they are funded, and where they take place. In many cases, individual schools provide further information about their programs on their own websites. Users can search IOME by the type of opportunity offered and by geographic region.

IOME will be updated as new information becomes available. In addition to information from U.S. medical schools, FAIMER and AAMC anticipate collecting information about international opportunities from medical schools worldwide for addition to the IOME directory.

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Studying for USMLE Step 1? Watch out for these 4 mistakes

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Make sure you’re not making one of the four common mistakes while preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1. An expert gives advice for studying smartly.

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Brooks offers insight into four common USMLE Step 1 studying mistakes you should avoid:

  1. Passive studying. Just because you’re reading a book doesn’t mean you’re retaining the information. Before you review a topic, go over some practice questions to get yourself in the right mindset, Brooks said. Switching between activities to stay mentally alert also can help.
  2. Memorizing instead of understanding. If you take a practice test and don’t know how to solve a question, Brooks said to “grab a book and look it up.” Learning the reasoning behind why you got a question wrong will help you remember later on.
  3. Studying in the wrong location. Brooks recommends mirroring your studying to the experience of taking the USMLE Step 1 test. Keep the TV and music off and work in a quiet room with no distractions. Try to study in different locations to prepare.
  4. Misreading or misinterpreting questions. Use your “Why I missed it” sheet to monitor questions you may have misunderstood, and review how your reasoning veered off-track.

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USMLE Examination Fees – For Students and Graduates of Medical Schools in the United States and Canada

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For Students and Graduates of Medical Schools in the United States and Canada Accredited by the LCME or AOA.

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ECFMG Examination Fees and Payment

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Following are the fees encountered most frequently for ECFMG programs and services. Other fees may apply. All fees are in U.S. dollars.

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Simple Steps to Writing a Personal Statement for residency Applications

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Writing a statement for residency applications is a huge difficult task for medical students everywhere for many years. Few step will make it easier to writing a Personal Statement

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Motivate yourself to begin the process of writing by planning on how good it will feel for being done. Think about how relieved you used to be after taking shelf exams over the first year. Then, look at how relieved you were being after taking USMLE Step 1 after second year. At this point, think about the moment that a head hit the pillow on the many post-call days during third year after you knew that sleep was a moment away. Those usually are great feelings, and you can practical knowledge similar feelings of relief and accomplishment upon having finished your personal record.

Begin Brainstorming.

  1. Which specialty were you interested in when you first arrived at medical school?
  2. Which specialty are you interested in now?
  3. If they are different, what have you experienced that has molded your interests?
  4. If your interests have remained the same, what originally drew you to that specialty and what reinforced your desire to remain dedicated to that specialty?
  5. What are the strengths that others compliment you on most?

You may mention strengths in your personal life if they are relevant to your career choice, but most important are those strengths which pertain to your professional life. You may want to request copies of your clerkship grading narratives from your registrar. Although these may be quoted in your Dean’s letter, they may serve as reminders of strengths that you have forgotten

Prioritize the goals of your personal statement. After reviewing your CV, transcript and narratives, letters of recommendation, and performing the above step, decide what should be addressed in your personal statement.

Begin writing the first draft. Remember, this statement is your chance to tell your story.

  1. What personal journey landed you on the doorstep of (fill in the blank) as a specialty?
  2. How did you make this choice?
  3. What is it about you, not already found elsewhere in your application that makes you great for that particular specialty?
  4. Where did you find that your strengths were most useful?

If there have been any circumstances that have caused an extension of traditional curriculum, be sure to address them and include how these circumstances eventually benefited you and/or your education.

Proofread and revise. Make sure that you have given your brain a rest from working on your statement in-between drafts; this will prevent you from glazing over errors. Do not overload the reader with details, as your personal statement should be a brief introduction to who you are and why you would be excellent as a doctor in that specialty. Craft your statement so that it is easy and interesting to read. It should be a true story about yourself and the journey that led you to apply to a specific residency. Be sure to read your statement aloud to others to ensure that it flows well and makes sense to the audience. A large part of being a physician is the ability to communicate well so be sure that this statement demonstrates your ability.


Observerships

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This term is also known as “shadowing-only” rotations in which students are allowed to follow or shadow their preceptors in their everyday work schedule in a various settings like clinics, hospitals, urgent care, ambulatory care, among others. An observerhship is a clinical experience that does not involve direct patient care. There are restrictions in handling patient care because they are not yet licensed to practice medicine in the United States therefore can be considered a malpractice. Though there is no direct interaction with patients, medical students and graduates can gain much from this experience through earning letters of recommendation, participating in research, improving their clinical skills as well as filling the gap in their medical studies.

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If you are an international medical graduate who is interested in applying for a residency program in the US, observerships are an essential clinical experience that you should gain. Medical observerships allow you to shadow preceptors while you observe them during their work but there is no direct patient care involved. The observership is only valid if you are not paid for the experience.

Observerships, though not a mandatory requirement for residency programs for International Medical Graduates (IMGs), the experience will help them acquire knowledge of the practice of medicine in the United States. Preceptors in various specialties can help IMGs understand the worrkings of the U.S. Healthcare system such as anesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, Ob-GYN or pediatrics. This experience can either cost money or be done for free.

If you are looking for an observership program for free in New York City, here are some of the important persons or institutions you might need to consider contacting:

  1. Community-based institution
  2. Personal contact
  3. US medical facility
  4. Clinical experience matching agency
  5. Own medical school
  6. Physician in private practice
  7. Academic institution


Common Asked Questions for J-1 Visa Basics

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Basics Question about J-1 Visa:

 

  1. Can I apply for an extension?

Ans: Yes, your program sponsor may extend your program up to its maximum length. If an extension is granted, a new Form DS-2019 will be issued to you reflecting the change.

  1. How long does it take to obtain a J-1 Visa?

Ans: The wait time for an interview and processing for a J-1 Visa varies from country to country and is based on your individual circumstances. Learn more about interview wait and processing times by visiting www.travel.state.gov and select Visa Wait Times. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please note that exchange visitors beginning new programs may not enter the United States more than 30 days before their program start date.

  1. What is the purpose of the exchange visitor program (J-1 Visa program)?

Ans: The Exchange Visitor Program fosters global understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. All exchange visitors are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program in order to share their exchange experiences.

  1. Where do I apply for an exchange visitor J-1 Visa?

Ans: Once you obtain a Form DS-2019 from a Sponsor, you may apply for an exchange visitor J-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Also, if you are married, your spouse and any children can apply for an exchange visitor (J-2) visa when you apply, or join you after you are in the United States if the exchange category in which you are participating permits an accompanying spouse and/or dependents (i.e. regulations prohibit an accompanying spouse in the categories of Camp Counselor, Summer Work Travel, Au pair and Secondary School Student).   In some cases an individual sponsor’s program will not permit a spouse or dependents to accompany their participants. If you are married and/or have dependents who you wish to bring to the United States with you, inquire about this issue when seeking a sponsor.


Necessary information about Medical Observership Resume

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Observership programs are designed to help the international medical graduates to observe the practice of medicine in the medical centers of USA. The program will support them in joining residency spot of USA.

Necessary information about Medical Observership ResumeThese programs are designed on voluntary bases where an international medical graduate is allowed to observe the delivery of health care services and medical practices in the different department of the hospital. They are not allowed to be involved in patient care. The observer are advised to spend two to four weeks in each filed and rotates between different departments depending on the program designed by the institution. To get permission of participating in an observership, you have to submit your CV (curriculum Vitae) containing details about your medical education and experiences. Following mentioned instructions will help you to make a best medical CV.

  • Add your complete name and contact information accurately. Recheck your contact information including your email ID to make sure that it is correct. Majority hospital will use email to contact with observers.
  • Mentioned your work experience clearly, if any. Add information about your certifications and licensure, including the years of experience at the medical center where you worked, the areas of your specialization, if relevant.
  • Write down your education in reverse chronological order and start with the latest education. Mentioned the full name and correct address of the institution where you had completed your required education.
  • Mentioned the academic scores which you have gained during your schooling. Must highlight the particular scores that indicate your relevant field in which you seek observership. Provide title and little details about the conference and seminars in which you made presentation.
  • Highlight you won honors such as, services on honor societies and Dean’s List. Mentioned details if you have conducted any medical research. And also provide details about your hand-on experience with medical methodologies and equipment.


Confusions on the Necessity of Malpractice Insurance for Observership

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Confusion on the necessity

Medical observership is a clinical experience which is required to International Medical Graduates who desire to enter the practice of medicine in the US. Since this type of experience does not involve direct interaction, there is no threat that patient can be harmed. Medical observership does not require medical graduates to purchase or secure malpractice insurance since there is no direct patient care involved. As long as foreign medical graduates possess legal visa status, they can undergo observership without malpractice insurance.

However, there are some hospitals which require malpractice insurance to observers. It is a good idea to know whether the hospital you are interested to do your observership requires malpractice insurance. On one hand, medical externship which is also a US clinical experience necessitates the need to secure a malpractice insurance since this involves direct patient care and interaction. Obtaining an insurance could be costly oftentimes.


Grab Observership Opportunity Whether Malpractice Insurance is a Requirement or Not

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  • With a great number of IMGs seeking for observership opportunity, many are still taking chances to get a spot whether a hospital is requiring malpractice insurance. Companies providing this type of professional insurance have different policies and may vary depending on the state laws as well. If you have applied for observership in a hospital that requires malpractice insurance, better check on company regarding its policies and coverage.

Grab Observership Opportunity Whether                         Malpractice Insurance is a Requirement or Not

  • The malpractice insurance though costly are being grabbed by foreign medical graduates who wish to have exposure in the US medical field. This is a way to gain more experience in medical practice which later could improve your resume and secure letter of recommendations. Observership is very useful in enhancing medical skills and knowledge through shadowing physicians. With its usefulness, many foreign medical graduates are grabbing this opportunity even though some hospitals may require them to secure malpractice insurance.

 

  • Malpractice insurance is not really a requirement in obtaining observership program due to the nature of this clinical experience. With only observing and shadowing, tendency of harming a patient would be impossible. On the contrary, given the stiff competition to get an observership spot, having one that requires malpractice insurance is still an opportunity.


Is Malpractice Insurance Necessary for Medical Observerships?

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Malpractice insurance also called as the Medical Liability Insurance is a requirement for medical practitioners who are involved in direct patient care. This is basically a form of professional liability which health care providers purchase. This insurance is very helpful in protecting medical professionals from being sued by their patients who are allegedly harmed by physicians because of negligence or a wrong decision which resulted to dangerous treatment.

Is MalPractice Insurance Necessary for Medical

Many international medical graduates around the globe are seeking for residency application in the United States and hoping to enter the medical field. Basically, they are taking observerships program which is a clinical rotation focus more on shadowing experience. This does not involve direct patient care or interaction nor be allowed to provide advice, examine or interview patients. This clinical experience however, can give them exposure to medical practice in the US setting.


Medical Externship in the USA

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Externship

This term refers to a clinical experience which is not provided by the medical school in opposite to clerkship. The term is also known as “audition rotations” because medical students or graduates are doing rotations in other institutions to impress people in the department where they have applied or to gain letter of recommendations from influential persons in the specialty. This rotation is done by medical students who have not yet graduated as well as this experience is being used by medical graduates who attempt to strengthen their resume and clinical background.

Medical Externship in the USA

Clinical externship

Clinical externship is an experience that involves direct patient care including prescription of medicine under the supervision of an attending physician, patient’s physical examination or history taking. Opportunities for clinical externships are very limited, thus they are preferred as they include direct interaction with patients. They also allow preceptors to directly comment on the clinical proficiency of the applicant.

Candidates can strengthen their medical application only when they have a clearer assessment on what experience is most suited to their preference and goals. Thus, it is greatly important to have a better understanding on clinical experiences that later could improve chances for medical employment. For more details please contact Us


Medical Clerkship in the USA

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Normally, US medical students are taking clerkship or rotations during their 3rd or 4th year on hospitals of the school they are attending or the school’s affiliates as a requirement towards graduation. For international medical graduates, this program is a part of their educational curriculum. Medical clerkship falls on the hands-on category.

Medical Clerkship in the USA

It is another important type of USCE experiences and most of the times the parent institute of the patient affiliate with the hospitals and send their students there. In the United States of America, the students are required to do clerkship in their third year, while in some other countries, clerkship is the part of practice for the third and fourth year of the students. It is compulsory for all the students otherwise, they won’t get their degree. For more details contact us


Necessary information about UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VISA and Clinical Electives

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Once you have received your acceptance to have an elective at an ALL OF US based medical institute, the next most important step is to acquire a VISA from your local US Embassy inside your country. Recognize that issuance of visa is within itself an independent concern, different from an aesthetic. Your institute can just “assist” you in receiving a visa. In other phrases, even your acceptance in the University for an Aesthetic Position does not guarantee that you’ll be able to participate within an elective. The US embassy comes with an absolute authority to give or reject your visa depending on whether or not you’ll be able to satisfy their independent needs, in addition to proof of acceptance from the University where you’ll be doing your elective. In many situations the eligible visas with regard to electives are B1, F1, J1, observe below for details.

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How many residency programs med students really apply to

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Take a guess: How many residency programs does the average medical student apply to each year? A recent survey of more than 1,000 fourth-year students explored this question, and the results were very telling. Whether you’re a first-year student beginning to plan for residency or a seasoned vet already looking ahead to your next phase of training, check out this graphic to see the number of residency programs your peers applied to in each specialty. Future applicants, here’s what to expect.

Capturing the student perspective

Newly published research in Academic Medicine captures the sheer volume of activities graduating students undertake as they seek to secure a residency slot. This study is unique in that it is “the first national, representative sample of fourth-year medical students from U.S. MD-granting medical schools.”

With a sample size of 1,376 students from 20 schools, the study was able to look at the influence of career specialty choice and other factors on the activities of graduating medical students.


Few key topics – ECFMG Certification, Observership, Clerkship and Externship

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ECFMG Certification

Every year, a large number of IMGs are applying for residency and fellowship programs in the US. Each one is taking chances to pass the ECFMG certification, which is a guarantee that a foreign medical graduate is now prepared and competent to handle various medical situations in the US. To satisfy the ECFMG certification, a candidate must pass the examination and medical education credentials requirement. Likewise, an applicant must also be evaluated as to the English language proficiency.

Observership

Taking the view that medical observership in the US is not a requirement in securing the ECFMG certification, an applicant should consider its importance in the practice of medicine in the US setting. Along with the other clinical experiences, observership are still useful in strengthening your CV for the ERAS application process. The more observership programs you participate in, the more opportunities will be open to you in the future. Basically, this clinical experience should not be taken for granted but seen as a stepping-stone to make you a competitive applicant in the residency application process.

ECFMG Certification, Observership, Clerkship and Externship

ECFMG Certification, Observership, Clerkship and Externship

Clerkship

It is another important type of USCE experiences and most of the times the parent institute of the patient affiliate with the hospitals and send their students there. In the United States of America, the students are required to do clerkship in their third year, while in some other countries, clerkship is the part of practice for the third and fourth year of the students. It is compulsory for all the students otherwise, they won’t get their degree.

Externship

Usually the externships are rare, but paid. The hospitals don’t offer the externships to the newly graduated students, but if someone secures this position by having contacts then it is a big opportunity. Generally hospitals do not allow the students, but if they do so, they manage the work load along with the specialists. Therefore the hospitals consider it as a cheap labor. So, oberverships are better than the externship as they are easier to secure.


How to Secure a Strong Letter of Recommendation during your Observership?

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In order to compete with the large number of foreign medical graduates wishing to train in the US medical system nowadays, having a good application is crucial. One of the best ways to increase your chances of matching is through securing a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) during your medical observership program. A strong letter of recommendation will provide the residency program with a concrete insight of the applicant’s capabilities and background. Likewise, this will help convince a program director that you are a fitting candidate for the residency position. During observership program, it is important to ask letter of recommendation from your preceptor a few weeks before you actually need it.

To help you secure a strong letter of recommendation, here are some of the most important tips to follow:

  • Request for Letter of Recommendations Early. Within a few weeks before your observership will end, make sure that you have requested a letter of recommendation from your preceptor. Make sure that the person you are seeking your recommendation has a fresher picture of you in mind. Follow up your request for a letter of recommendation if after a few weeks you haven’t received it. Do not wait until your observership program is about to end.
  • Give the writer an idea or information about you. Basically, writers of Letter of Recommendation are busy professionals. You can help make the process of writing a letter of recommendation for you much easier. If you have identified who will write the Letter of Recommendation for you, it is a good idea to provide ample information about you. Make sure not to enumerate everything and create a novel. Only include important information about you including your medical school transcript, CV, cover letter and a personal statement so that they can easily understand salient features needed to be written in your LOR.
  • Get a fall-back plan. Remember not to send your letter writer with multiple emails or leave messages reminding your letter of recommendation. Just send a single email then follow it up with a phone call after a week or two. Assume that they are not interested to write if you hear nothing or no reply at all. Always make a fall-back plan by requesting two or three other preceptors to write a recommendation for you. If your first option is not interested, then you still have other options left.
  • Request for a sealed envelope. One of the worries that goes inside a sealed envelope is that you don’t know what is written there. One way to sweep this worry away is to ask someone who is familiar and with good working interaction with you. This way, you can be sure that a strong letter of recommendation is written inside a sealed envelope.

 

In order that your writer can create a strong letter of recommendation, make sure that you meet up with your preceptor to discuss things that should be expected from your during medical observership program. Take every possible move earlier and with proper care so that you can secure a strong letter of recommendation. Remember, having an outstanding letter matters a lot!


Free observership in USA

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An “observership” is defined as the practices to observe the health care and medical practices without making personal contact with patients, for the specific objectives of getting medical experiences and knowledge. This program is an important ‘more frequently said’ a necessary part of entering in USA medical system. It is a way to enhance the quality of your application package for the medical residency spot. An observership is offered to the international medical students to observe the American medical system. During observership, students participate in clinical activities with the objective of knowing the American medical system in action and gaining practical experience of the medical field. These programs promote strong relationship between students and medical institutions. The observer is defined as “an international student of medical institution who seeks practices to get proficiency and expertise in her/his chosen medical field”. Observers are basically assigned an experienced faculty member as a “mentor” to make sure that they have got right knowledge.

In order to participate in right observership, IMGs (the international students will need to submit following things to a medical center/hospital:

  • CV/resume
  • Personal statement
  • Certificate/transcripts confirming your year for the graduate
  • NBDE/USMLE (if required)
  • Certification of TOEFL (6.5 or above)
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Criminal background check.

the international students will need to submit following things to a medical center/hospital

The international students need to have excellent command over English language to join these programs. Expenses are also associated with these programs which depending on the hosting institution. Charges are normally included such as, educational, clinical, and administrative expenses which cover the costs of assigning mentor, research facilities, and reviewing the cases. But luckily, there are plenty of institutions, doctors, and medical centers that offer voluntary observership services for free. Obama observership program for IMGs is at the top of the list of these programs. Lengths of programs are varying from four to eight weeks. Participation can offer for different specialties such as, dermatology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and surgery. Certification is normally given at the end of the program.


Important Ways in Finding Free Observership in New York City

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Important-Ways-in-Finding-Free-Observership-in-New-York-CityIf you are an international medical graduate who is interested in applying for a residency program in the US, observerships are an essential clinical experience that you should gain. Medical observerships allow you to shadow preceptors while you observe them during their work but there is no direct patient care involved. The observership is only valid if you are not paid for the experience.

Observerships, though not a mandatory requirement for residency programs for International Medical Graduates (IMGs), the experience will help them acquire knowledge of the practice of medicine in the United States. Preceptors in various specialties can help IMGs understand the worrkings of the U.S. Healthcare system such as anesthesia, surgery, internal medicine, Ob-GYN or pediatrics. This experience can either cost money or be done for free.

If you are looking for an observership program for free in New York City, here are some of the important persons or institutions you might need to consider contacting:

  1. Community-based institution
  2. Personal contact
  3. US medical facility
  4. Clinical experience matching agency
  5. Own medical school
  6. Physician in private practice
  7. Academic institution

Oftentimes, opting for clinical observership for free is challenging. To make the process a little daunting, here are some of the helpful tips:

  • Visit medical associations

There are numerous medical associations in the United States, so check out if they are providing observership programs for free. These associations have also access to other associations or networks that can help you find this clinical experience for free. Gave a direct contact to associations like Russian American Medical Association (RAMA) or the American Associations of Physicians from India (AAPI).

  • Search online

There are higher chances of accessing prospective institutions or associations that provide observership for free when searching online. There are numerous sites that provide a listing of creditable institutions or associations that are offering observership program without a cost.

  • Personal contacts

Your friends or any family member who is working in the medical field can help you with this problem. Just keep in direct contact with them and inquire about observership programs offered for free. These persons can also link or recommend you to other institutions or associations who are offering this clinical observership in New York City for free.

  • Contact your own medical school

The institution or school from where you are attending has their own medical facility or affiliates that provide observership without paying them to gain this type of clinical experience. It would be much better if you have known someone within the institution that can give you a direct access about the availability of free program or if any requirement needed.

There are handful ways to help you find a free observership program in New York City. Whether having this experience can be of help or not in securing a residency position in the US, at least you have earned something which in the future can be a good reference. This is not the best way to fill the gap in your medical education, but undertaking observership is one of the great means to improve your medical practice in the United States.


5 Effective Ways to Find Observerships for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

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Observership are clinical experiences wherein International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are allowed to follow physician preceptors during patient care. As the name implies, they are not permitted or licensed to have direct interaction with patients. The shadowing however is not a mandatory requirement for IMGs to acquire a residency program. This is designed to acculturate them with the kind of medical practice in the US setting.

Before starting the Medical Observership Program, an applicant should secure the necessary permission from the department head of the preceptor or hospital. This program is basically a non-profit venture and established by interested group of physicians or medical associations with the intention to assist IMGs who are interested to practice medicine in the United States. This program is not organized for profit purposes, thus physician preceptors are devoting their time and effort whereby a big help in preparing IMGs for US residency and medical practice.

Effective Ways to Find Observerships for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)Here are some of the most helpful ways for IMGs to find Observership Program:

  1. Networking

This method takes much of a legwork but in the end it is worth the effort! You need to have contact information from various sources specifically in hospitals and other medical facilities. You can also keep in touch with associations or institutions that offer this type of clinical experience. They have also access to other institutions or affiliates which can help accommodate your application. Sending mails, emails or making phone calls to follow-up with them regarding observership programs they offer is a good way to be updated and get better chances.

  1. Acquire Ideas from Medical School Seniors

Seeking information from medical school seniors who already matched will be a help in acquiring observership program in their institution. Stay in contact with them and ask them to inform you when observership opportunity will be offered.

  1. Contact Senior Faculty Staff or Directors

Get the email addresses of faculty senior staff or directors across numerous medical institutions in the US. This might require a labor-intensive process but take a lot of patience for better opportunities to get a slot in their observership program.

  1. Access Information Online

There are some websites that provide listing of associations or institutions that offer observership program. You can subscribe on their site so that they can alert you when opportunity gets available through sending you with emails. Get access to several websites as possible so that you can yield better results.

  1. Find an Agency to Arrange the Observership Program for You

You can find a number of agencies that accept payment in exchange of their services in arranging an observership program for you. Visit any of these reliable agencies to know whether their services can match your needs and budget.

With an overflowing number of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are seeking Medical Observership Programs in the USA, obtaining an observership requireseffort and patience. Given the above information, now is the right time for you to keep started. Remember that the more experience you gain from observership, the better are your chances to improve your medical practice in the US scenario

 


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