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AmeriClerkships Medical Society Wins the 2013 Best of Irvine Award

Based in Irvine, California, AmeriClerkships Medical Society helps to place worldwide medical students/graduates into top medical facilities globally. AmeriClerkships aids current students in helping them through their respective college to make sure all graduation requirements. In 2013, AmeriClerkships received the 2013 Best of Irvine Award in the medical groups division.

Every year, the Irvine Award Program recognizes companies that have enhanced the city’s reputation through exceptional customer service for their customers and community. The Irvine Award Program chooses its recipients based on its own research as well as information provided by third parties.

The Irvine Award Program identifies businesses community leaders in local industries such as marketing, technology, and in the medical field. Types of organizations such as professional associations, small businesses, and marketing groups are considered, with the goal of according recognition to those who make a positive impact to the overall economy of Irvine. Other past recipients of the Irvine Award include the UC Irvine Arboretum, Vroozi, and Ephesoft.

A Brief Overview of Becoming an ABHES Distance Education Evaluator

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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 http://www.abhes.org.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Residency Program

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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.

Challenges in the First Year of Residency

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.

Key Tips for Successful Residency Interviews

About Larkin Community Hospital’s Subinternship Program

americlerkshipsIn 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.

The Ins and Outs of Residency Matching

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.

Advice for the National Resident Matching Program (Part II: Tips)

In the previous post, we talked about the importance of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the algorithm that determines resident placements. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the best strategies to assist medical school graduates in succeeding in the Match.

Do your research: Although it goes without saying for many dedicated medical students, it is extremely important to learn as much as you can about potential residency programs in the United States. Each program has its own specialties, procedures, and personnel, which can have a profound impact on the medical residency experience. Similarly, you can maximize your efficiency and chances of success by identifying those programs to which you are most likely to earn admission.

Prepare for interviews: After you submit your applications, residency programs may decide to invite you in for an interview. The interview is your last chance to make a good impression on residency program directors, so it is important to be well prepared. Learn as much as you can about the history and operations of the program, as it will demonstrate a willingness to take initiative and go the extra mile. Emphasize the significance of your accomplishments without boasting and describe your resume in terms of its applicability to the position at hand.

Carefully consider your rank order list: The Match algorithm relies on rank order lists submitted by applicants and residency programs. Take into account all types of factors when deciding which programs to include. Although several applicants have attempted to “game” the system in the past, it is best to submit an accurate list with your true preferences represented. If you do not wish to attend a particular residency program, do not include it on your list. However, it is important to include all residency programs that you would attend if accepted. Keep in mind that the inclusion of additional residency programs has no bearing on the likelihood of gaining acceptance to programs higher on the list.

Be prepared for the Scramble: On Tuesday afternoon of Match week, unmatched applicants have the opportunity to contact residency programs with vacant spots and attempt to secure a position. Although the majority of students receive a match the first time around, it is nevertheless important to be prepared for the possibility of having to participate in the Scramble. Waste no time in contacting residency programs, as positions are likely to fill up quickly.

To learn more about the National Resident Matching Program, visit the website at nrmp.org.

Advice for the National Resident Matching Program (Part I: About the Match)

Every March, medical school seniors and graduates across the world eagerly await the results of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Better known as the Match, the NRMP is a nonprofit organization that assigns candidates to open slots in American residency programs. Established in 1952 as a way to improve upon the decentralized matching process, the Match now receives full support from organizations such as the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Because the Match is the only way for students to earn positions in graduate medical education (GME), competition among applicants is often fierce and requires months, if not years, of advance planning. Students begin the Match process by identifying the residency programs they would like to attend and completing applications for those hospitals. Although many schools require candidates to participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), a common medical residency application, a small number of programs maintain their own distinct application procedures. After candidates complete the application process, residency programs review the applications and select students to invite back for interviews. After interviews are complete, candidates are ready to enter the Match.

The Match uses an algorithm based on rank order lists, submitted by both residency programs and medical school graduates. The algorithm proceeds by analyzing each student’s list of preferences and attempting to place him or her with the highest-ranked residency program on the list. If a residency program also includes a candidate on its list of preferred candidates, the student will be tentatively matched with the program; otherwise, the algorithm will try the same thing for each of the other schools on the student’s list. The Match will continue to match students with their desired residency programs until they fill up, at which point a student who ranks higher on the program’s list than another student will take his or her spot, bumping the bottom candidate from the list and causing the algorithm to start over again for that student.

If students do not earn a match, they must participate in a process known as the Scramble, where candidates attempt to secure a spot at a residency program with an open position. Because there is a great deal at stake during the Match, it is extremely important to prepare well and utilize the most optimal strategies when composing rank-order lists. Check out the next post for some tips to chances of success in the Match.

AmeriClerkships: The Role of International Medical Graduates in American Primary Health Care

International medical graduates (IMGs) play a key role in the American primary health care system. While American medical graduates traveled to Europe in the late 19th and 20th centuries to learn new medical techniques, starting at around the time of World War II, IMGs began similarly seeking ongoing medical education and experience in the United States. While many IMGs return to their home countries with their new knowledge, a significant portion remain in America, where they fill many of gaps present in the American medical system. Approximately 25 percent of the U.S. physician population consists of IMGs, up from around 10 percent in 1963. Approximately 78 percent of those IMG physicians work in patient care, with around 75 percent of those doctors working in office-based practices.

IMGs have a greater likelihood of receiving training in internal medicine, family medicine, or other primary care fields than United States medical graduates (USMGs). A full 60 percent of first-year residents in family care are IMGs. Likewise, IMGs are more likely than USMGs to provide care in rural and underserved areas of the country. As physicians, they also tend to maintain a much stronger understanding of multiculturalism, which can help them serve their patients more effectively.

About AmeriClerkships: AmeriClerkships programs can help fill the growing need for IMGs in American primary care practices. The organization matches IMGs with physicians for pre-residency clinical training. This education serves as a valuable prerequisite for enrollment in American residency programs.


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