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AmeriClerkships Member Benefits

 

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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.

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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 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 Looming Physician Shortage and Foreign Medical Graduates

President Barack Obama’s recent health care reforms aim to increase overall access to health care while reducing the associated cost. Unfortunately, the United States already suffers from a shortage of primary care physicians, and the demand for more will grow sharply in the coming years as the government implements the reforms. The Association of American Medical Colleges expects a shortage of more than 91,000 doctors by 2020, a figure that has more than doubled from previous estimates due to expanded coverage. Part of the problem lies in the fact that graduates from American medical schools generally choose to pursue specialties, which earn more money than general practitioner positions. Many even feel forced to do this, anxious about the student loans that await them in the future.

Many people have suggested turning to foreign medical graduates in order to minimize the shortage of family doctors. Unfortunately, restrictive licensing rules and limited slots in American residency programs keep many foreign medical graduates from practicing in the United States. Those who wish to practice in American facilities must complete at least three years of residency here, but many applicants get turned away. In the European Union, partnerships exist between countries to import medical professionals to areas most in need. While the United States has a similar arrangement with Canada, graduates of institutions in other nations often face great difficulties in finding a residency program. Before these medical graduates can apply for the residency, they must travel to the United States and pass an exam. Many, especially those from the Middle East and South Asia, have trouble securing a travel visa in order to take the exam. If accepted into a program, students must then obtain another visa. The J-1 visa for education, however, requires that applicants leave the United States after training, defeating the purpose of completing a residency here.

The federal government’s Medicare program subsidizes hospital training programs, effectively giving Congress the power to control the number of available residency positions. Many foreign medical graduates are unable to gain entrance to residency programs due to a 1997 cap on Medicare-supported positions. Congress declared it would pay for only 98,000 residency slots. Since that time, the number of available residency slots has not grown at the same rate as the American population. Most of that expansion, furthermore, represents opportunities in advanced fields, not family medicine. Foreign medical graduates now fill about one in four residency positions, but that figure will decrease as more Americans choose to attend medical school. Many have proposed that Congress fund more residency slots, but that will detract from the funding that goes to health care subsidies. As the need for general practitioners increases, however, the United States will need to reach beyond its borders for new physicians.

About AmeriClerkships

AmeriClerkships matches pre-qualified foreign medical graduates with attending physicians and other medical professionals, allowing them to gain pre-residency clinical experience in a variety of specialties. This experience gives clinical trainees a serious competitive advantage when looking for a residency; in addition, several programs actually require foreign medical graduates to complete such training. After finishing clinical training through AmeriClerkships, international medical graduates receive an evaluation of their performance from their supervisor, who uses the same criteria applied to residents.


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