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AmeriClerkships and the U.S. Residency Process – FAQs

The AmeriClerkships Medical Society was founded on the principle of helping international medical school graduates secure a US medical residency. Inspired by the experiences of Dr. Pedram Mizani, AmeriClerkships’ president, the company has helped over 700 students receive placement in residency programs based in over 150 U.S. cities, including Atlanta, New York City, and Baltimore.

Question: What are some of the obstacles international medical school students face as they apply for a U.S. medical residency?

Answer: Along with the expected challenges that national students face when applying for a residency, international students can expect a “dual learning curve” as they begin life as both hopeful residents and immigrants. Students often face language, cultural, technological, and financial barriers, among others.

Q: What are some ways that AmeriClerkships helps international medical school graduates overcome the obstacles they face in the U.S. residency application process?

A: AmeriClerkships provides assistance for international medical students throughout the entire residency application process. First, the company provides a free entry assessment for inquiring medical students. Once students choose to use AmeriClerkships’ services, the company offers insured U.S. clinical experiences that expose students to the culture of US health care, residency document reviews and revisions, mock one-on-one match interviews, and extra support for other “match” programs, such as SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program), that give medical students more opportunities to secure a residency. AmeriClerkships offers a secure payment plan and a lowest price guarantee in an effort to keep this an available resource for all students. It also offers office hours with the AmeriClerkships president, who offers years of personal experience, wisdom, and encouragement to students.

Q: What types of insured clinical placement services does AmeriClerkships offer?

A: AmeriClerkships offers clinical placement to medical professionals in one of the following five categories: medical student clerkships, medical graduate clinical experiences, medical graduate funded teaching hospital job placements and visa sponsorships, pre-health student clinical experiences, and medical assistant clinical externships.

The Hurdles for International Medical Graduates

AmeriClerkships is a medical society focused on helping international medical students and graduates get placement in US residency programs. Through clinical experience and application guidance, AmeriClerkships makes sure international students stand out among the many other healthcare graduates.

According to the American Medical Association, international medical graduates or IMGs now make up approximately 25% of the physician pool in the United States. But getting there can be a difficult process. IMGs must first have their medical school transcripts verified and prove they speak fluent English. The physicians must also pass three medical licensing exams, obtain recommendation letters, and either become permanent US residents or get a work visa.

Each graduate also has to apply for a state license, which requires at least one year of residency at an accredited program in the US or Canada. The graduate must go through this program even if they’ve already completed a residency overseas.

This step is often the toughest, as there are not enough residency slots available. According to The Atlantic, even though there are many more medical students now compared to 20 years ago, there are roughly the same numbers of residency positions available in the US There are efforts to change that as the US is expected to face a doctor shortage within the next five years.

Questions Potential Residents Should Ask in the Residency Interview

AmeriClerkships helps international medical graduates (IMGs) compete for residency programs in the United States. Founded in 2007, AmeriClerkships is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) IMG Section.

For medical students, applying for a residency program is a complicated process involving both presenting themselves in the best light and gathering information about the program to determine whether it is a good fit. The AMA IMG Section has published a series of questions to ask during residency interviews. The questions are designed to reveal details that help potential residents determine whether a specific program is appropriate for them.

The series of questions is grouped into specific areas. They include:

– Education. Does the program include orientation for new residents? Does the program have a formal didactic structure? Are there any informal learning possibilities such as bedside rounds? What unique resident programs exist? Is there a feedback mechanism for evaluating the program?

– Clinical duties. What is the residency schedule generally like? What is the volume of clinical responsibilities? What supervision structures are in place? What forms of ancillary support are present? Is there a balance between supervision and independence? Is there a balance between education and service?

– Program performance. Is the program accredited? What is the status of previous citations? How many residents successfully complete the program? How many graduates pass the specialty boards on the first sitting and where do they proceed afterward?


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