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AshB


softhearted_dilip wrote:
i m a <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum121.html">MCh</a>
in peds sx .
will <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html">USMLE</a>
will be necessary 4 me to get residensy in us.

OMG! icon_eek.gif we have an Mch between us! Welcome Dilip.. icon_smile.gif

U'll certainly have to take USMLE for any US residency. Even if u want to do a fellowship in Paed surgery or related branch. There r some programs that might allow u directly into 2nd year of residency based on ur experience, of course through USMLE route. But i'm not sure which and how many such programs are.

U shud go to Frieda online and pick out individual programs of ur choice and then email them specific info.

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pass_usmle


Hello Dilip,
Personally I think there is no need to take a residency after an MCh. It will just be too small a job. I would better say that try for fellowships. Though fellowships are pretty tough to get but that is the correct entry point for you. Still u need to excel in the all the steps ie 1,2 and 3. God forbid if dont get a residency in surgery then ur MCh will seem like a waste to enter into a medicine or peds residency. I think getting into a residency after a superspecialisation (MCh) is like going back to do an MS or MD after MCh. It is for u to decide. But I really dont think that it is wise to go for a residency after an MCh.


docrej
Aim NEET PG

failed step 1...wat to do now?
hi...juz got my results and i didnt get thru step 1...my visa got rejected too....wat r my chances of gettin a match for 2009 with a failed attempt...? shud i continue with USMLE or shud i look into my indian pgs? n e body out there plz help..!


pass_usmle


Chances are good provided u score well in all steps of the usmle and score another failure.


saira


Thanks AshB.


docrej
Aim NEET PG

thanx pass_usmle


drpupai


AshB wrote:
drpupai wrote:
Can I get a residentship in <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum46.html"><a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum46.html">Canada</a>
</a>
with my <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html"><a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html">USMLE</a>
</a>
score?
What is the rule?
Plz help...........


ieltsforall wrote:
to drpupai my answer is no you can not work in <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum46.html">Canada</a>
with <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html">USMLE</a>
score there is a seperate forum in our website to conquer canadian exam hope it helps if i am wrong kindly correct me takecare and all the best


Ieltsforall is correct drpupai. There is a separate licensure exam for <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum46.html">Canada</a>
, something MCCBBDDEE.. icon_biggrin.gif .. Just kidding.. I think its MCCEE and/or MCCQE Part I and II.

Certain other countries do accept <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html">USMLE</a>
scores and waive 1 or 2 steps of their licensure exams. One example i know is NewZealand.


The land of black caps in cricket? icon_razz.gif ..........Oh no!!! icon_redface.gif
Is their anyone trying his luck in other countries if he fails to get residency in USA?...............I mean is it feasible? icon_rolleyes.gif


ieltsforall
Aim USMLE Step 1

hi NXZREX which is exam of newzealand is exempt but not part 2 only clinical u will take and IELTS WITH 7.5 band not less than 7 in each on the other hand TRAS which is exam of IRELAND is also exempt no need to take another exam also DOH i m not sure about it department of healh of dubai and MOH ministry of health exam is exempt if i m wrong kindly correct me but in canada you will not exempt in australia also not as well as england PLab ALSO NOT OK TAKECARE AND ALL THE BEST


AshB


ieltsforall wrote:
hi NXZREX which is exam of newzealand is exempt but not part 2 only clinical u will take and <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum22.html">IELTS</a>
WITH 7.5 band not less than 7 in each on the other hand TRAS which is exam of <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum31.html">Ireland</a>
is also exempt no need to take another exam also DOH i m not sure about it department of healh of dubai and MOH ministry of health exam is exempt if i m wrong kindly correct me but in <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum46.html">Canada</a>
you will not exempt in <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum25.html">Australia</a>
also not as well as england <a href="http://plab.rxpg.com">PLAB</a>
ALSO NOT OK TAKECARE AND ALL THE BEST

Wow ieltsforall.. Cool info. Thanks.. icon_smile.gif


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

Hi Ash B and Tinkerbell
I have posted a query in thread "STEP 3 or OBSERVERSHIP"...Please reply as soon as possible...Many of my friends (seniors) are facing problem...How to apply for observership (when one is not getting any reply from Universities)?????? Please read my query in detail in " STEP 3 or Observership" thread..

Warm Regards
dipsite..


greatestdoc


Hello, could anyone plz help me ? i am a bit confused about USCE. if one is trying from india while working there it may not be possible for him/her to go & have USCE as an observer or extern(though it is very diff to get one). as it req 2-3 months leave which may lead to lose of current job & beside it is very expensive. so is there any possiblity to get a residency with a good score in USMLE but without USCE & research?


AshB


greatestdoc wrote:
Hello, could anyone plz help me ? i am a bit confused about USCE. if one is trying from india while working there it may not be possible for him/her to go & have USCE as an observer or extern(though it is very diff to get one). as it req 2-3 months leave which may lead to lose of current job & beside it is very expensive. so is there any possiblity to get a residency with a good score in <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html">USMLE</a>
but without USCE & research?

Greatest doc of course USCE is not indispensable but it sure increases your chances a lot. Many people do get a residency without USCE or research but u need to have good scores to have high chances.


tinkerbell
Aim USMLE Jobs

@ greatestdoc: USCE is not a pre-requisite or mandatory. It just increases your chances of fitting into the system and being accepted.
there are scores of applicants who do not have any USCE. And yet they match in respectable programs and train well.



greatestdoc


thank you very much tinkerbell. this is really of gr8 help.


dr_MR


need help
Hi folks,

I am new to this MLE world icon_redface.gif i need a very, very sincere advice from you guys .....I hope u won't lemme down icon_exclaim.gif

I am residing in Canada, have given some exams here, I wonder if i can take step 2 ck in 3 months using kaplan notes and FA and UW q banks and kaplan qbanks ..... I reallly dunno how much would this material help me. I also want to know if 3 months is a sufficient time period for the preparation icon_rolleyes.gif .... I have been thru kaplan notes almost twice but not thru FA for even a single time
pls pls pls help me make a strategy to score above 90% at least icon_redface.gif ........i am looking for a sincere advice very desperately icon_redface.gif .......have seen ppl sharing experiences on various forums but i really dunno know if anyone's experience is befitting for me icon_rolleyes.gif

I really hope that someone will rescue me out of this trouble icon_redface.gif
Thanks a lot icon_exclaim.gif


ieltsforall
Aim USMLE Step 1

Hi DRMR how are u i have no idea about step 2 ck but as far as concern step 1 kaplan LECTURE NOTES AND FIRST AID WITH RESPECTIVE Q bank is more than enough to get your destination .For time as far according to u is 3 months its all upto u how u grasp your knowledge and how to retain?I hope this advice represnts may sincerity well also i have never seen any unsincere advice on this forum .If you have seen then kindly post here and make arguments along with your suggestion .Takecare and all the best


dr_MR


ieltsforall wrote:
Hi DRMR how are u i have no idea about step 2 ck but as far as concern step 1 kaplan LECTURE NOTES AND FIRST AID WITH RESPECTIVE Q bank is more than enough to get your destination .For time as far according to u is 3 months its all upto u how u grasp your knowledge and how to retain?I hope this advice represnts may sincerity well also i have never seen any unsincere advice on this forum .If you have seen then kindly post here and make arguments along with your suggestion .Takecare and all the best
Hi "IELTS FOR ALL"
I did not mean to say what u thought i meant .....I said that I have seen many experiences hanging all over the net on various forums...YES IT'S TRUE when i tried to contact those ppl and ask them if they could help me to lemme know how right i am in my decisions ....nobody responded thats y i am desperate to find someone who can really help me the ......reason for that is i dont know anyone in america neither the exams and I believe and I would say I owe my graduation as a doctor to all my seniors and others who gave me such wonderful advices that made me what I am today biut now i have no friend pursuing the career in states........so to move ahead i need a torch bearer again since its too dark around me icon_redface.gif
i hope i have explained why did i use words like "sincere" or desperate icon_exclaim.gif

anyways thanx for your help
good luck to u


AshB


Re: need help
dr_MR wrote:
Hi folks,

I am new to this MLE world icon_redface.gif i need a very, very sincere advice from you guys .....I hope u won't lemme down icon_exclaim.gif

I am residing in Canada, have given some exams here, I wonder if i can take step 2 ck in 3 months using kaplan notes and FA and UW q banks and kaplan qbanks ..... I reallly dunno how much would this material help me. I also want to know if 3 months is a sufficient time period for the preparation icon_rolleyes.gif .... I have been thru kaplan notes almost twice but not thru FA for even a single time
pls pls pls help me make a strategy to score above 90% at least icon_redface.gif ........i am looking for a sincere advice very desperately icon_redface.gif .......have seen ppl sharing experiences on various forums but i really dunno know if anyone's experience is befitting for me icon_rolleyes.gif

I really hope that someone will rescue me out of this trouble icon_redface.gif
Thanks a lot icon_exclaim.gif

Hi dr_MR.. Welcome to USMLE forums. icon_smile.gif

I feel you didn't receive a reply from many cos its hard for someone else to tailor anybody's preparation. For this one needs to know the person's strengths, previous effort, timeline etc etc etc. I'm sure you understand that.

Still what i can guage from your post i'll suggest what i feel..
- If you have already taken step1, certain things would be easier for you. I don't know if you have. But i guess since you have taken a few exams, you're not fresh on competitive exam studies.
- Kaplan+FA+UW is more than sufficient for getting any score you want. Don't fall trap to the desire to read more no of books.
- Don't look for more material but ways to increase your grasp on time tested material like Kaplan.
- As you must've already seen around the net 2 readings of Kaplan are sufficient (which you've done) followed by FA and a Qbank. Now is the need for wise and focused revisions whereever needed and most importantly practicing questions.
-Time is not the criteria to get a good score otherwise anyone who spends 12 months would get a 99. Whats most important is your own self assessment. The day you feel confident enough to get your target score, you're ready to take your exam. I myself am taking my CK with a prep of 2-2.5 months.
- I'd advise, subscribe to UW, take small tests initially subjectwise and based on your performance classify your strong and weak areas.
- Among your weak areas identify the specific faculty that's weak.. For eg. Cramming of facts/Understanding of the topic/carelessness in reading or understanding the question/Interpreting data etc etc etc.
- Once you've identified that work on that using the methods that suit the particular problem. Your guide should be improvement in your performance on your question bank. This is the only case you may refer another book, when you find the topic in Kaplan is not sufficiently detailed to get a good grasp of it. In that case add whatever you've read to your basic books.
- Annonate your First Aid so that you have very specific material to revise during last few days.
- About a month before your scheduled exam take NBME's self assessment test. It costs $45 per test but i feel its worth it cos its the BEST predictor of your performance on actual exam. At the end it would give you your projected 3 digit score plus performance feedback. Take that feedback very seriously and again identify the problem subjects/systems. Work specifically on those areas.
- This way you'll find your performance is continually improving.
- If your performance on NBME is way below your target you should consider postponing your exam to improve further. if the difference is mild 2-3 weeks would be sufficient to work on them.

Thats my 2 cents... What!!.. ahem... Ok..ok.. 200 cents.. LOLzz.., Its hard as well as risky to make guesses which i have cos i don't know anything bout your previous preparation background.. icon_biggrin.gif Do tell us your background and your views on this too. Good luck.. icon_smile.gif


brosslin
Aim DNB Part 2

Hi!
I have applied for step1 in mid april through IWA and have received confirmation from ecfmg about form 186.When will i be getting the scheduling permit?


AshB


brosslin wrote:
Hi!
I have applied for step1 in mid april through IWA and have received confirmation from ecfmg about form 186.When will i be getting the scheduling permit?

After acceptance of Form 186 the acceptance of Step1 application usually takes 1-2 weeks. once accepted you'll get your SP within 2 days to a week.

Since these are busy days for ECFMG, expect the higher range of timelines.


ieltsforall
Aim USMLE Step 1

Dear DRMR i m not saying as you replied unfortunately i was just kidding only icon_biggrin.gif believe me ok and another think you need sincere advice and advice from moderator are present and you can easily evaluate it how briefly he describes and eloborate step 2 ck and dear my friend kindly apologize me ok takecare and all the best


vivkmc
Aim USMLE Step 1

HI i am III year med student.... I must do it for mle..... I ahve started preparations now.... started studyin guyton for physio, harper for biochem, grays for anat, robbins for path, any advice for my prep... plz do reply.....


saira


HISTOLOGY
Is Kaplan sufficient for histology or high yield is a must read... icon_question.gif


AshB


vivkmc wrote:
HI i am III year med student.... I must do it for mle..... I ahve started preparations now.... started studyin guyton for physio, harper for biochem, grays for anat, robbins for path, any advice for my prep... plz do reply.....

Grays for anat is a bit too much by any standard! icon_eek.gif Stick to books that are 'doable'. And Why are you doing these books in 3rd year???? If you want to prepare for MLE read books specifically for MLE like Kaplan notes etc. See the 'Books i am reading' thread for details on books.


AshB


Re: HISTOLOGY
saira wrote:
Is Kaplan sufficient for histology or high yield is a must read... icon_question.gif

Kaplan is good but not the best cos i did find questions on actual exam which i hadn't read in Kaplan. I dunno how is HY histology.


craby111
Aim NEET PG

?????
hi,..for how many years mle step1 result is valid???some1 told me its for 7 yrs ...is it true?? icon_question.gif


AshB


Re: ?????
craby111 wrote:
hi,..for how many years mle step1 result is valid???some1 told me its for 7 yrs ...is it true?? icon_question.gif

Yes.. Its valid for 7 years.


saira


Thanks AshB.I am sticking to Kaplan and referring to books whereever i have doubt...
icon_cool.gif icon_cool.gif icon_smile.gif icon_smile.gif


manipalguy
Aim AIIMS

Dear AshB
I am taking step 1 in august .
In my step 1 application i left the column asking for "clerkship" blank.
some of my friends say its not necessary.
Actually i have no track of my clinical postings i did in my college and their dates.
Nw I am filing step 2 CS application.Is it necessary that i fill that column or it will do without filling them.Kindly rely as i have to fill the application as soon as possible.


AshB


manipalguy wrote:
Dear AshB
I am taking step 1 in august .
In my step 1 application i left the column asking for "clerkship" blank.
some of my friends say its not necessary.
Actually i have no track of my clinical postings i did in my college and their dates.
Nw I am filing step 2 CS application.Is it necessary that i fill that column or it will do without filling them.Kindly rely as i have to fill the application as soon as possible.

Its not necessary to fill those columns. Those data are sent to ECFMG by our medical school in the form of our medical transcripts.


manipalguy
Aim AIIMS

Thanks a ton ashb... now i can fearlessly go and fil up the application.

I am planning to take ste 2 in november and CS next year only when i get an observership or externship, so that i need not go twice to US spending much on air tickets.
Is it all right??

In this case when should i start mailing universities for observerships/externships?
If u say " now", now i dont have any of the steps score with me. (i am taking step 1 in august)

My plan is to take CS next year in feb , continue my observership and take step 3 in march. and in this way i will be ready with my scores and everything maximum by august.

HOws the plan?? Any suggestions.?? kindly reply. Your opinion matters a lot.


AshB


manipalguy wrote:
Thanks a ton ashb... now i can fearlessly go and fil up the application.

I am planning to take ste 2 in november and CS next year only when i get an observership or externship, so that i need not go twice to US spending much on air tickets.
Is it all right??

In this case when should i start mailing universities for observerships/externships?
If u say " now", now i dont have any of the steps score with me. (i am taking step 1 in august)

My plan is to take CS next year in feb , continue my observership and take step 3 in march. and in this way i will be ready with my scores and everything maximum by august.

HOws the plan?? Any suggestions.?? kindly reply. Your opinion matters a lot.

The best time to apply for observerships would be as soon as you get your step 1 scores. Considering 2009 as your target, the plan is fair enough except that you won't be able to take step3 by march cos CS score reporting takes more time than other steps. Only after you get your score report and get ECFMG certified that you can apply for Step3. So maybe by April you may take it. Still, you'll be ready much before the start of application process.


Whiterose
Aim USMLE Step 1

WATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBSERVERSHIP N EXTERNSHIP?

WAT I VE GATHERED TILL NW IS-
DAT OBSERVERSHIP IS JUS JUZ OBSERVING PATIENTS,,N U R NT ALLOWED 2 TOUCH THEM?

EXTERNSHIP MEANS HANDLING PATIENTS AS WE DO,,HERE IN INTERNSHIP.

WATS D DIFFERENCE?
N WHICH 1 IS OF MORE VALUE?
ARE THEY ALL PAID?
PLZ CORRECT ME,IF M WRONG.


AshB


Whiterose wrote:
WATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBSERVERSHIP N EXTERNSHIP?

WAT I VE GATHERED TILL NW IS-
DAT OBSERVERSHIP IS JUS JUZ OBSERVING PATIENTS,,N U R NT ALLOWED 2 TOUCH THEM?

EXTERNSHIP MEANS HANDLING PATIENTS AS WE DO,,HERE IN INTERNSHIP.

WATS D DIFFERENCE?
N WHICH 1 IS OF MORE VALUE?
ARE THEY ALL PAID?
PLZ CORRECT ME,IF M WRONG.

Whiterose! icon_eek.gif icon_biggrin.gif

You are right, in observership you are not allowed to handle the patients.
Definitely externships carry much more value than observerships cos they provide you the much valued hands on clinical experience.

Externships require that either you are licensed to practice in US or your status is student, and in this case they're known as Clerkships. In general an IMG can do externship ie. clerkship only before he completes his internship. After that we can only get Observerships.

Usually such observerships are not paid but certain institutions which have established programs like Mount Sinai charge $500/4 wks for it. Then there are some like Harvard that charges about $2000 for an observership of 2-5 days!!!! icon_eek.gif

That said, as far as my info goes IMG graduates can legally gain hands on clinical experience in OPD setting but not in inpatient setting. The IMG section of AMA is also said to be working on making clear guidelines for developing externship programs for IMGs but it might take some time before they're implemented.

Now there are certain sites that claim to provide IMGs with 'Hands on clinical experience' via their externship programs. The physicians asso with them are private practitioners that allow us to work with them in the OPD setting only. They charge anything from $250/wk to $600/wk for their services. Their validity and usefulness is still a debated topic.

Hope that helps.. icon_smile.gif


Whiterose
Aim USMLE Step 1

DAT IS FAST N VERY INFORMATIVE,,MODERATOR:)

THANX IT HELPS,,A LOT.


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

Observership has a value only when it is done from university which offers residency to IMGs.
Clerkship costs 3lakhs (for two months) including air tickets, accomodation, health insurance, malpractice coverage, application fee, clerkship fee etcetera.
What matters is your USMLE scores that way you will get calls and then your impression in interview. It may happen that a 85 percentile folk can impress interviewee more than a 99 percentile folk.
Please correct me ASHB if I am wrong.


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

Regarding clerkship hassle apply for clerkship in reputed universities of USA like harvard, University Of Texas at Houston, University of Texas at Dallas, Bayor College Of Medicine.
I won't personally recommend taking clerkship in universities like University Of Kansas, University of louisvillie(spelling not sure).

Bottom Line:- Getting clerkship is very easy. One needs to cough up 3 lakhs which is not everyone's cup of Tea up on that only 45% of medics matched there is no guarantee of getting residency after clerkship. So I prefer MPH route.
If you are applying for clerkship then apply in reputed universities with a bucket full of money.

cheers!!!


AshB


dipsite wrote:
Observership has a value only when it is done from university which offers residency to IMGs.
Clerkship costs 3lakhs (for two months) including air tickets, accomodation, health insurance, malpractice coverage, application fee, clerkship fee etcetera.
What matters is your <a href="http://www.rxpgonline.com/forum5.html">USMLE</a>
scores that way you will get calls and then your impression in interview. It may happen that a 85 percentile folk can impress interviewee more than a 99 percentile folk.
Please correct me ASHB if I am wrong.

You are right but USCE is a big factor after scores in getting interviews for IMGs. I beg to differ about observerships, it always helps no matter where you have done it from. Though I agree its 'best' done in an University setting cos its rated high and their LORs also hold more value.

Plus how each program views Clerkship/observership/externship varies a lot. Some are happy with an observership, while others clearly state that they don't consider observership as USCE. Some have even stated that they just want some observership no matter where it is done from.

Bottomline is, some USCE is much better than nothing at all.

Yes once you get an interview, these things become less and less important.


AshB


dipsite wrote:

Bottom Line:- Getting clerkship is very easy. One needs to cough up 3 lakhs which is not everyone's cup of Tea up on that only 45% of medics matched there is no guarantee of getting residency after clerkship. So I prefer MPH route.
If you are applying for clerkship then apply in reputed universities with a bucket full of money.

cheers!!!

Just to mention the same rates go for people with MPH. Everyone with an MPH does not get a residency.

Don't you think dipsite MPH route is a bit costly too?


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

MPH route is the best because if you don't get matched then you can take up a job on the basis of MPH no need to come back. This is the benefit of MPH route.
Havn't you read CMDT? Almost all the authors have M.D. M.P.H. degree. In USA graduates do MPH after their MD. Don't you think having knowledge of epidemiology of diseases of a country where you are going to practise is necessary??
BOTTOMLINE :- Sole benefit of MPH lies in getting F1 Visa and Job on the basis of MPH (IF you aren't matched).
Its one's personal call.

cheers!!!!!!


Dipsite.


AshB


dipsite wrote:
MPH route is the best because if you don't get matched then you can take up a job on the basis of MPH no need to come back. This is the benefit of MPH route.
Havn't you read CMDT? Almost all the authors have M.D. M.P.H. degree. In USA graduates do MPH after their MD. Don't you think having knowledge of epidemiology of diseases of a country where you are going to practise is necessary??
BOTTOMLINE :- Sole benefit of MPH lies in getting F1 Visa and Job on the basis of MPH (IF you aren't matched).
Its one's personal call.

Of course i know the advantages of MPH dipsite. icon_biggrin.gif Its an additional degree yes, but the assumption that everyone or most do it, is flawed.

Talking of CMDT, its strange that you say 'Almost all' authors have MPH degree!?!?! icon_eek.gif I suggest you read the list again. Only 8 authors out of 75 have an MPH and most of them have written chapters that aren't related to hardcore medicine, rather related to topics of public health. 6 out of the 75 have a PhD, now that doesn't mean PhD route is the 'best'! icon_wink.gif

Sure, it can get us jobs but its useful ONLY if one was interested in public health track.

There are two different yet overlapping lines of thought.. First, what should i do to maximize my chances of getting a residency. Second, what would i do if i don't get a residency. I feel, your reasoning pertains more to the second line of thought.

Yes knowing epidemiology is important but knowing enough epid to practice good medicine doesn't necessarily entail an MPH. Otherwise all 'good clinicians' in the world would be public health degree holders! icon_lol.gif

I agree with the bottomline you've stated though and my only question to you in my previous post was, isn't it a costly route if one doesn't want to go into public health stream? icon_smile.gif

I hope i didn't offend you.. Just stating my point icon_smile.gif icon_smile.gif


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

Yes indeed MPH is costly route but without MPH one needs to have USCE in form of observerships or clerkships or externships or whatever. Clerkship costs 3 lakhs, Observership 2 lakhs. MPH costs 12 lakhs but MPH is an assurance that one need not to come back.
Tell me ASH B what should one do if he/she isn't matched? No option other than coming to INDIA I suppose and apply next year for interviews which would again cost 4-5 lakhs.

Bottomline:- Life Is All About Choices...



cheers!!!!

dipsite.


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

ASH B
what should one do to maximise his/her chances of getting residency?? especially in a university NOT in a community hospital??
I havn't done any Research (ICMR) or observerships or clerkships. I have my final year exams in December this year. Clerkship is not my cup of tea. What should I do to maximise my chances of getting residency???(except good scores)

dipsite.


sachin2007
Aim NEET PG

step 1
other than kaplan notes and dvds what other stuff is required for step 1.how does on eget dvds.are they available online


AshB


dipsite wrote:
ASH B
what should one do to maximise his/her chances of getting residency?? especially in a university NOT in a community hospital??
I havn't done any Research (ICMR) or observerships or clerkships. I have my final year exams in December this year. Clerkship is not my cup of tea. What should I do to maximise my chances of getting residency???(except good scores)

dipsite.

For that you gotta get maximum factors you can in your favour. Any sort of USCE or observership is a great help and try to get a strong LOR via that. Good Score+ Strong LOR+USCE is the best and most feasible combination for an IMG. Any sort of publication or at least research experience is an added advantage.

Another way could be try hard and get a position like Research Associate/Assistant in a US university for about the 2 year period leading upto your target match. Though they're pretty difficult without any contacts. But all who've gotten such a position have easily matched mostly in the same place they worked at.

Of course MPH also helps.. icon_wink.gif


saira


observership
Hi!What is the approximate cost for doing observership?


AshB


Re: observership
saira wrote:
Hi!What is the approximate cost for doing observership?

Usually none except your living costs. Some programs like mount sinai charge $500 or more for about 4 weeks.

A few sites that offer externships charge $250-$450 per week,


AshB


Re: step 1
sachin2007 wrote:
other than kaplan notes and dvds what other stuff is required for step 1.

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Aim USMLE Step 1

I read your previous posts on observership, externship and clerkship. I got the difference between Clerkship and Observership. But what is externship and how to get it?? Please elaborate.


And regarding Research Associate in USA I think MPH would serve the purpose. Isn't it?? Because basically what we do in MPH is research.

Bottomline:- For a guy like me with no clerkship or observership or any sort of research experience getting residency in a UNIVERSITY is very difficult.


dipsite
Aim USMLE Step 1

ASH B what is exactly a community hospital??? and why IMGs DO NOT prefer residency in a community hospital??
and what would you advice me MPH route or USMLE with observerships???
Please give me a sincere advice.
Life is all about choices!!!!!


cheers!!!

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