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AmeriClerkships Member Benefits



AmeriClerkships Medical Society works with clients to develop a distinct medical brand as they apply for medical residency programs throughout the United States. There are a number of benefits to becoming a member of the AmeriClerkships Medical Society.

The primary benefit comes in maximizing the positive impact a residency candidate makes on an admission committee throughout the duration of the application process. This includes work on a member’s personal statement, curriculum vitae, official residency application, and much more. The society’s Express, Certified, and Certified Fellow membership packages cater to a variety of different needs. In addition, each year, 20 members are upgraded to the organization’s PLUS membership tier, which includes enhanced benefits.

To initiate the membership process, individuals must fill out a number of AmeriClerkships documents, beginning with a clinical authorization letter that must be approved by a school or residency supervisor. Additional required documents include prospective member’s resumes and medical diplomas.


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?

AHA Go Red for Women’s Know Your Numbers Campaign


Founded in 2007, AmeriClerkships has helped place more than 700 foreign students into health care residencies in the United States. Also involved in community service, AmeriClerkships supports the American Heart Association (AHA).

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. This is why the AHA’s Go Red for Women program encourages women to take control of their heart health. One way they can do this is by knowing the most critical numbers that determine their heart health. These personal health numbers include blood pressure, blood sugar, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and body ass index (BMI).

The numbers guide health care providers in determining heart health as well as the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases by atherosclerosis. These diseases range from angina and peripheral artery disease to heart attacks and stroke.

According to the AHA, some of the ideal numbers for good heart health are as follows: 120/80 mm HG for blood pressure, 100 mg/dl for fasting blood sugar, and 25 kg/m2 for BMI.

By getting to know these figures, women can work with their physicians to determine an appropriate regimen to improve their heart health.

Success in the Medical Residency Interview

Since 2007, AmeriClerkships Medical Society has helped international medical graduates and students find residency placements in the United States. AmeriClerkships offers mock interviews and other support to help students succeed in the interview process.

According to the US National Resident Match Program, the residency interview stands out as the most influential factor in determining a student’s success. A good interview can mean ultimate success for a student whose paper record is borderline, while a poor interview may result in a student’s diminished likelihood of earning a ranking. To finish on the more desirable side of this divide, a student must be prepared and professional, yet also unique enough to stand out among the crowd.

A student can distinguish himself or herself through in-depth knowledge of the site and its program. Following a thorough Internet search, an applicant can typically turn up enough information to craft detailed questions and reference program accomplishments. Targeted research can also allow an applicant to know what type of resident the program might be seeking, and thus which of his or her own successes are most relevant.

Applicants must also remember that the residency interview is ultimately an application for employment, thus it requires both poise and professionalism. Aspiring residents should dress neatly, present a decisive handshake, exude confidence, and maintain good eye contact. The applicant should maintain this level of confidence throughout the interview.

Articulate answers to questions are key, and it is for this reason that many applicants prepare answers to standard questions in advance. This means having an informed response to inquiries about the appeal of a specific specialty, future goals, and any aspects of medicine that the student finds challenging.

American Academy of Family Physicians Names New IT Director


Located in Irvine, California, AmeriClerkships Medical Society helps international medical students and graduates secure placement within medical residency programs based in the United States. Extremely active within the medical industry, AmeriClerkships Medical Society maintains membership with several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Founded in 1947, the AAFP is a national organization that represents family doctors. As one of the largest medical associations in the country, the AAFP has a membership of more than 124,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. The organization’s goals include being an advocate for patients and the public, promoting cost-effective health care, and maintaining high standards within the medical profession.

In late April 2016, the AAFP announced that it promoted Greg Belshe to director of its information technology (IT) division. Mr. Belshe joined the IT division in 1998 and worked in numerous roles, including manager of IT planning. His team was responsible for planning and executing technology-based projects. In his new position, Mr. Belshe will plan, support, and execute all of AAFP’s IT functions, along with developing new technological solutions.

Ethics in the Practice of Medicine


AmeriClerkships Medical Society is an organization dedicated to assisting international medical graduates to find a residency match in the United States. AmeriClerkships Medical Society provides a specialized service and leverages its connections and resources to help its members stand out from others in the medical residency process.

One of the key characteristics that hospitals evaluate in the residency process is ethics. Ethics can be summarized as the study of what an individual should do. An unethical doctor has the potential to cause numerous problems for a program as well as future patients and employers; therefore, candidates’ ethics receive much scrutiny during the application process.

Residency programs examine the ethical backgrounds of applicants to ensure that the applicant has not demonstrated behavior that would compromise their professional judgment or competence in stressful situations. While it may be difficult for a residency program to assess an applicant’s morality, there are certain questions that are asked to provide a program with necessary insight into an applicant’s character. For instance, a residency application may include questions related to a person’s attitude on ethical issues or general questions designed to provide insight into an applicant’s personal attributes.

A Brief Overview of Becoming an ABHES Distance Education Evaluator


Helping international medical students gain admission into residency programs, AmeriClerkships Medical Society has operated since 2007. AmeriClerkships Medical Society was founded by Dr. Pedram Mizani, a distance education evaluator for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

ABHES relies on the volunteerism of qualified educators and practitioners to aid in the accreditation process. Evaluators take on the responsibility of visiting one to four sites annually. Specifically, distance education evaluators determine if an institution utilizes appropriate methods to monitor academic progress, upholds a schedule that allows for timely distribution of coursework, offers quality curriculums that match the educational standards of a brick and mortar institution, and provides technological support that ensures students achieve academic success. Evaluators are also responsible for assessing admission processes and faculty training.

To be considered for the role of a distance education evaluator, a person must have two years of practical or teaching expertise in online learning or curriculum development. Comparable years of experience in evaluation of distance education design and delivery and online instruction also apply. Eligible parties must complete the ABHES evaluator training and its distance education specialist training module. To learn more about becoming an evaluator, visit

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Residency Program


Located in Irvine, California, AmeriClerkships Medical Society was founded by Dr. Pedram Mizani, a family physician, in 2007. AmeriClerkships Medical Society helps international medical students and graduates gain placement into residency programs in the United States.

Narrow down the number of residency programs you want to apply for by researching them. First, research a residency program’s chairman and faculty members. Assess where they attended school, completed their training, and former places of employment. Determine if their clinical backgrounds can support your academic and career goals.

IDepending on the program you choose, residents may be required to rotate through numerous hospitals to finish their training. Health care facilities may be private or cater to veterans. Some programs host training at university or county hospitals. Apply for a residency that helps figure out the type of practice you would like to manage in the future.

Lastly, consider culture, as it has a large impact on students’ overall happiness. Make time to evaluate the characteristics of residents in a program and how they are treated throughout their training. Look for positive aspects of a residency as well as the negatives and weigh each factor to decide on fit. Additionally, ask about opportunities for growth. Opportunities include fellowship and research programs.

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