Founded by Dr. Pedram Mizani, AmeriClerkships Medical Society, based in Irvine Park, California, assists international medical students and graduates in securing residency assignments for United States medical students and graduates, placing them in prestigious training partnerships with master physicians. Since 2010, AmeriClerkships Medical Society has positively made more than 700 residency matches – placing more than 200 into first-year residency programs.
Of the many admired medical residency programs that exist throughout the United States, the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is one of them. Through this program, as shared on the institution’s website, students receive top-notch guidance and training from highly-experienced, exalted medical faculty; training for their field within a range of clinical experiences throughout three different hospitals; are exposed to leading research and fellowship opportunities; and find placement in a host of respected positions upon completion.
The training sites of Stanford Medicine include Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto VA Medical Center, and Santa Clara Valley Medical. Stanford University Hospital holds 613 beds, treats patients from the community, often caring for underserved populations, and accepts referrals for treatments of unusual and challenging illnesses. The Palo Alto VA Medical Center is the premier veteran affairs medical center in the United States boasting the ultramodern Intermediate Intensive Care Unit to handle critical cases. Santa Clara Valley Medical is the main county hospital for the county of Santa Clara providing service to underserved populations.
Dedicated to the success of international medical graduates (IMGs) and international medical students, AmeriClerkships Medical Society helps these individuals become competitive candidates for residency programs. AmeriClerkships has placed more than 700 candidates to date, 200 of which have gone into first-year programs.
While medical school is extremely rigorous, students often find that their first postgraduate year, or the intern year, presents a host of new and even greater challenges. Medical graduates become experienced physicians only by meeting these practical and theoretical challenges, which include handling a broader patient caseload and having greater responsibility for their patients’ care. Meeting these challenges requires knowing enough about each patient to advise staff in an emergency while also understanding when and how to seek support.
Residents should know how to use clinical decision support tools available in the hospital and should be aware of all chains of command that are in place. Hospitals have a distinct hierarchy and are staffed with professionals who have many years of experience, and residents can learn much by relying on the expertise of the care team. However, residents will also need to know when to research a particular condition and strengthen their own knowledge, as well as how to balance this self-education with the many administrative, clinical, and data analysis duties that come along with finally being a practicing physician.
In 2015, Americlerkships announced its partnership with Larkin Community Hospital, a teaching hospital in Miami, Florida, to provide subinternships to its international medical graduates (IMGs). The partnership gives IMGs who are Americlerkships members the opportunity to learn directly from top attending physicians and program directors, as well as participate in inpatient and outpatient patient care teams.
Larkin Community Hospital’s graduate medical education (GME) department provides structured medical residencies that grant opportunities for personal and professional development. The hospital maintains a strong commitment to providing exceptional medical care while fostering the growth of competent physicians who are skilled in their chosen specialty areas.
Furthermore, IMGs can pursue subinternships in more than 25 specialties, where they will learn key skills, such as conducting physical examinations, selecting appropriate diagnostic tests, and recommending medications and other therapies. After completing the program, participants can seek letters of recommendation to document their performance.
AmeriClerkships Medical Society offers assistance to overseas-trained medical students and graduates so they can more effectively compete with American-trained graduates for residency placements. Iranian medical professional Dr. Pedram Mizani founded AmeriClerkships after experiencing firsthand the difficulties associated with finding U.S.-based residency programs for foreign-trained doctors.
Matching residency candidates with placements can be a competitive and stressful process. If conducted through the National Residency Matching Program, candidates create a list of preferred residency programs and then submit an electronic application through ERAS, and the NRMP system uses an algorithm to match available residencies with willing candidates. Those applicants who are not matched to a residency through this system then experience what is known as “the scramble,” a period of time following Match Day where the unsuccessfully matched applicants “scramble” to locate and apply for whatever positions remain unfilled.
Some programs offer pre-matching agreements, where the candidates sign work contracts prior to match day. Others use programs to get the list of unfilled positions and spend their time working through the list in the hope of obtaining a contract. The list is typically revealed at noon on a day during match week, and candidates may contact residency programs immediately. In 2008, it was shown that more than half of the unfilled residencies had been filled within four hours of the list being released.