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Thankyou. Your link was very useful and inspirational too! Presently, I am studying in final MBBS in India. I would like to ask you a few questions. I have a greencard and I am planning to do clinicial electives for about 6 months in the USA.

I have visited websites of a few med schools in NY, but all of them want me to have malpractice insurance. I contacted a few insurance companies but they don't give malpractice insurance to students. I am not aware of how much it would cost to purchase malpractice insurance.

Since you have done electives in the John Hopkins, you might have undergone all of these formalities. Can you guide me more about it?

Also, does doing an elective in a med school improve my chances of getting into residency in that school?

Is the clinical elective experience considered as US Clinical experience?

Also, I want to know that while doing electives, is it possible to get time to read for the USMLE steps?
 

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Ashish,

I can answer a few of your questions, but as for the malpractice insurance, I'm a little unsure for now. Hopefully someone else will be able to get back to you soon.

Doing an elective in a med school does not necessarily improve your chances of getting a residency at that school. Some electives are widely available to all students, and simply require that you pay your way into them. As such, it is hard to stand apart from the rest of the crowd when the same elective option has already been, and will continue to be exercised by many other students.

If you are lucky enough to find a clinical clerkship through some other means other than the same elective program as everybody else, then you will also be privy to a few benefits, such as a personalized letter of recommendation, and a personal repoire with the doctor and faculty. One such method, involves contacting doctors from different medical schools/hospitals to find an exclusive elective and simply hoping that one replies positively. There's a good chance you may be the only student who ends up doing a clinical elective with that doctor at that time, which is a major bonus.

By finding a clinical elective which is different from the standard clerkship, you can hope to boost your chances of a residency, if you are able to convince the doctor with which you work that you are worthy of one. And for foreign students, that will be an uphill battle, but is possible nonetheless.

The clinical elective experience is considered as US clinical experience.

Every elective has different hours and requirements. Some may require that you study outside of your time in the hospital, and some may be lax about what you do outside of your actual clerkship time. In other words, you may or may not have time to read for the USMLE steps, but a personal letter from a doctor of high standing at the medical school or hospital you wish to work at, will go a lot farther than a few extra points on the MLE. Your first priority at the elective should therefore be to impress your colleagues and your preceptor.
 

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Ashish,

Doing an elective in a medical school can indeed increase your chances of getting into a residency in that same school provided that you make strong contacts with the faculty in your department (meaning getting letters of recommendation (LORs) from them and great evaluations) and maintain those contacts up to the point when you apply.

Usually doing a clinical elective and keeping in touch with the faculty member who you worked with does help in at least getting an interview.

The clinical elective is definitely considered US clinical experience.

As far as getting time to study for USMLE exams while doing electives, that would depend on which specialty you are in and what the hours of that service are like. I did not find much free time while I was doing my ophthalmology elective at Johns Hopkins but I suppose that is up to the hours required by your preceptor.

In regards to malpractice insurance, I would recommend that you first of all contact the Office of the Registrar of the school that you want to attend and ask them to put you in touch with any local companies that will provide malpractice for students.

You may want to try this website for more information about electives with information on malpractice insurance.

Hope this helps! :p
 
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Natacha said:
Rizwan, Have you done your clinical electives yet? If so, in what field did you do it in?
Natacha,

I haven't done my clinical electives yet, I'm starting with a few research electives before getting into clinical clerkships. My first research position will be this summer, in ophthalmology.
 

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Rehan and MastahRiz,
thanx,
ur words are a lot helpful.

Most of the med schools offer clinical elecives to international students. Now, considering that my chances of getting into residency in the med school, in which i do the elective, increases, wat criteria should i keep in mind while selecting a med school for doing an elective. This particular thing has been bothering a lot!

Also, i m more interested in the surgical branch, but i have been told by some seniors that u dont get surgical branches in US; at the same time many opine that this is just a myth and that it may be tougher than to get into medicine, but not not actually very tough! But i have also known that there definitely is some racial discrimination in some of the states where it would be tough to get residency in surgical branch and that it wont be wise to do electives in those states. Wat r ur views on it?

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I wanted to ask which one is better to do a clinical elective or research elective?? which all universities allow IMG's to attend a elective??Did u have any benefit of attending a elective in John Hopkins,did they call you for a interview/match?

Sorry for asking so many questions..bt it would be nice if you could clear my doubts?

Is it necessary to do a elective before finishing the medical school?

Kashish
 

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what about doing a student in India? is there any advice on that? I really want to go to the northern part of India. Uttar Pradesh, or Delhi...
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hi im doing my 1year compulsory internship in India...is it true that u can apply for electives only when u r a student?? will i be able to apply for them after i get my degree next year after completing the internship...or otherwise i should try now and take time off in the internship.........
also, do i need to have my step 1 scores b4 applying for elective?

Please help

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hi im doing my 1year compulsory internship in India...is it true that u can apply for electives only when u r a student?? will i be able to apply for them after i get my degree next year after completing the internship...or otherwise i should try now and take time off in the internship.........
also, do i need to have my step 1 scores b4 applying for elective?

Please help
Yes, generally only students are accepted for electives. If possible it would be best to apply for electives prior to completing your degree. It may be possible to get an elective after graduation, but it will be much more difficult to do.

Many places do not require step 1 scores, but some do. It would be best to check the prerequisites that are particular to each place you are interested in applying to.
 
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