OBSERVERSHIPS AND EXTERNSHIPS FOR IMGS
As an IMG, you undoubtedly had significant clinical experience prior to your decision to seek training in the U.S. Although you may have had excellent clinical training in your native country, the reality of the matter is that your past experience will carry little weight in the residency selection process.
Far more important to programs is the depth and breadth of your clinical involvement here in the U.S. Lack of U.S. clinical experience is a major reason why applicants fail to match.
Although programs require or recommend U.S. clinical experience, it can be difficult to secure such rotations. To help ease the process, we have created a list of observership and externship opportunities in different specialties.
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Once you've secured a rotation, your next order of business is to excel during the rotation. Your ability to make a strong impression will be crucial to your chances of landing an outstanding letter of recommendation.
To help you succeed in this crucial area, we have developed the resource "Success on the Wards." This book is a recommended or required resource at many U.S. medical schools, particularly when students transition from the basic science to clinical years. Feedback we have received from IMGs indicates that our resource has also helped IMGs perform at a high level sooner rather than later in the rotation. We invite you to learn more about "Success on the Wards."
One important goal of your rotation is to obtain a strong letter of recommendation from your faculty preceptor or attending physician. Increasingly, letter writers are asking applicants to submit a letter draft first. Letter writers will then use this draft as the basis for their letter. If you've been asked to submit a letter draft, feel free to contact us for assistance. Dr. Samir Desai has considerable experience writing powerful letters of recommendation.