Externships

The Externship program is designed for medical graduates (M.D., D.O., M.B.B.S., etc.) who graduated from a W.H.O. and I.M.E.D. recognized Medical School.

This transitional program allow graduates from a Medical School to experience and be trained by faculty at reputable teaching hospitals. A certificate of completion and Letter of Recommendations (L.O.R.) may be earned after the course is completed.

The externship program is an integrated clinical training program offered at our clinical campuses. It is ideal for international medical students and graduates looking to gain experience in a U.S. teaching hospital location. Externs will assume a role parallel to that of an intern or resident with schedule flexibility and self-directed study.

Externs are expected to rotate through inpatient and outpatient services, attend high-yield didactic courses in Medicine, and become proficient in history taking, performing physical examinations and developing tailored treatment plans under the direct supervision of hospital appointed faculty. Externs work closely with clinical faculty in the residency program and will have access to notable board reviewers and authors in medical education. Externs will also partake in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) to familiarize themselves with various simulated patient-physician scenarios in order to fine tune their history taking skills, physical examination techniques, ability to formulate a proper assessment and plan and transcribe accurate patient write-up’s. With integrated program flexibility this externship may be extended to accommodate the academic process.

 

Program:

  • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services
  • Appropriate access to specialized clinical areas: Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit, Long Term Care Units, Psychiatry and Perioperative Areas.
  • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Board Certified Attending Faculty, fellows and residents.
  • Opportunity to work with post-graduate trainees/residents in our approved graduate medical training programs such as Internal Medicine, PMR, Orthopedics, etc.
  • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty and university appointed faculty.
  • Participate in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.
  • Submit weekly patient case logs and history and physical exam write-ups, with review by faculty.
  • Offer subinternships and subspecialty clinical courses.
  • Access to simulation lab for OSCE and clinical wards procedure training.
  • Offer supervised Step 2CK, Step 2CS and Step 3 review courses.
  • Residency interview preparation by experienced faculty and residency program associates.
 
The following externships may be offered in 4 week blocks (minimum):
 
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics / Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Family Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine Sub-I
  • General Surgery Sub-I
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine Sub - I
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology / ENT
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Care
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Dermatology
  • Opthalmology

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Eligibilty:

  • Must be attending or have graduated from a World Health Organization (WHO) and International Medical Education Directory (IMED) recognized Medical Program.
  • Must have completed medical rotations in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry.
  • Passing score on USMLE Step 1 or equivalent exam
  • Dean's Letter
  • HIPAA Certificate
  • Infection Control Certificate
  • Basic Life Support course completion 
  • Basic Medical Coverage
  • Professional Liability Coverage
  • National Background Check Report

 

Supplemental Reading Materials:

Fischer et al al

Master the Boards USMLE Step 2 CK, 3rd Edition

Green et al.

Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 31st Edition

Marc S. Sabatine

Pocket Medicine, 4th Edition

Goldman et al.

Goldman’s Cecil Medicine

Fauci et al.

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition

Agabegi & Agabegi

Step-Up to Medicine (outpatient medicine section), 2nd Edition

Le et al.

First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, 8th Edition

 

Goals:

By the conclusion of this externship, medical graduates will be able to:

  1. Take a patient history and perform a physical exam, develop a concise differential diagnosis and formulate a proper assessment and plan. Be able to demonstrate proficiency in the interpretation of historical factors, physical exam findings, laboratory values and radiographic findings in preparing the assessments of patients.
  2. Medical graduates will be adequately prepared for clinical skills examination.
  3. Acquire an understanding of the importance of ancillary medical services (social work, nutrition, physical therapy etc) in the complete care of the adult patient.
  4. Develop an appreciation for the unique psychosocial factors (psychiatric illness, family support, cognitive skills, financial status, etc) that directly influence the plan of care for hospitalized patients.
  5. Develop the communications skills necessary to be an effective medical practitioner.  This applies to both effective patient communication and interactions with faculty, house staff, nurses, and hospital workers.
  6. Earn genuine US letters of recommendation (LoRs) based on their clinical experiences and performance at the hospital
  7. Gain important and necessary experiences  and competencies sought by US residency program directors.

**Upon completion of this externship, medical graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion in addition to a personalized portfolio indicating areas of performance and recommendations.**

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