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visa rejection

hello umar bhai and other respected friends. hope you all are in good health.
my visa has rejected just because of having low grade.. whole interview was good but when she ask me about my transcript then she replied that sorry i can not give you visa on such low grades.it is very rare in my knowledge that someone has rejected on the basis of low gpa(grade) when he has his clinical elective offer letter.. plz guide me what should i do now and if i reapply for visa again and ask me coordinator to extent my elective date then how can i approve my visa status. please do reply me as soon as possible
Thank you

Options for MBBS graduates in US other than USMLE and residency

Hi,

1) I'd like to know the alternate options available for MBBS graduates in US, other than USMLE and residency.

2) Since I'm not interested in going through the steps of USMLE, I'd like to know all the other options available.

3) If MS in non-clinical fields is an options, please let me know the departments that have good scope for Employment in US.

4) Also, please confirm if all Universities accept MBBS for MS admissions.

Thanks
Preethi Chandrasekaran

Usmle preparation, undergrade step one guidance.

A.salam sir , iam a 2nd year mbbs student currently at dmc, planning my step one on dec17 2014. i want guidance to not just pass but to ace the steps, as we have in our college a new curriculum in which our basic sciences are completed in our 2nd year mbbs.
i want ur suggestion and guidance, i have already gone through kaplan with video lec, and goljon from my ist year but have'nt gone through em as a part of my usmle prp?
iil be expecting ur reply asap.
regards

step1

Dear Doc,

This s an excellent site which gives lot of info ....How can I pose questions and get my queries cleared?

usmle step1

i would like to know more information about step 1 thank you.

Hello sir, I am doing

Hello sir,
I am doing internship in India.i had given my step1and score 230+.I will give my step 2 in July 2013. I wanted to do clerkship , elective in portland,Oregon .is it possible?if I score 230+ in step2 also then what is my chance in general surgery residency? I have GC.

query

 umar bhai

i am a mbbs intern,i want to apply for electives but i didnt given step 1 yet so i want the list of colleges which doesnt ask for step1 plz reply ASAP

AOA.umar bhai your website

AOA.umar bhai your website has removed the need of  a student career counsellor and going after every one and searching who will hhave the specific answers to my questions.your website is like an encyclopedia on american residency where you can find almost everything.you've done a fantastic job.may ALLAH give you a long life so that we could benefit from your efforts.honestly speaking,becoming a part of this website is more of a privilege rather than just a means of improving one's CV.

hi, hope u r good. one month

hi, hope u r good.

one month uworld online is enough for step2?????

and which nbme should i take??? after UW or during..

 

need help

 hi imer bhai. i m medicl student of 4th year.. i m u.s resident bt doing my mbbs from pakstan.. i want to do electives in u.s in summer 2013 cz i go dere evry year to visit my family... i m totally lost. i have no idea wat to do...

great work,i appreciate it.

i appreciateit,umar  bhai.keep  it  up.

undergraduate observership

hello sir, i am a 3rd year mbbs student here in india. i want to do an observership at undergraduate level in usa . is this possible?? if YES, then pls tell me the colleges/ universities offering observerships to the undergraduates like me...

Hello Doc! I'm a fmg,

Hello Doc!

I'm a fmg, recently joined my intrnship but recently got my cs resukts and failed in ICE component:(.. I'm totally disappointed!!!!!!! I had great ambitions of getting into a university program.. How are my chances affected if i apply with cs passed in second attempt?? Please help!

P.S: I have three months of US clinical experience too with 3 LORS from Foreign docs.

usmle preparation

hello sir , myself mayank , i have done in my graduation in 2011 and gave step 1 in dec 2011 , score 213......now preparing for step 2 but somehow i m confused so i want ur honest opinion. shud i continue with this score and there is time lag too....please do needful to me sir....thank you

clerkship

hai ,am new to this sight , i jus wanna know how long does it take to get a clerkship after ur  application is submitted to the med school if they allow you to do so ........ 

mle for fellowship


salaam sir,


If i want to apply for a fellowship..will I be required to clear USMLE with the same score requirements as for a residency program?

should i continue wid d old edition of kaplan ??


hello sir..i m studyin 2011 edition of kaplan for step 1 n plan to give it till d end of this year..just came to know that 2012 edition is out n is more concise..there r just 4 books in it..does it make any diff ?? should i continue wid d old edition

cornell

hey..am a final yr MBBS student from India..i recently got accepted for an elective at cornell in the month of april..anybody else from india rotating at cornell in the same month??..if so please contact me at shakira89@rediffmail.com..

Please help Umar bhai, it's Urgent


I have submitted my request to help in Visa rejection but now I can not navigate to Visa rejection page.


The post I have submitted is like "Applying second time to B1 Visa"


Please help me for seeing my comments.


Or should I submit my comments again?

Salam Umar Bhai! may Allah

Salam Umar Bhai!

may Allah bless you on this great job you are doing for the welfare of those students who dnt have much sources for getting info. Umar bhai i have posted many times in this forum but never got a reply from you.

Hope this time you will reply me,

i want to ask about the malpractice insurance which is require for the some electives,

Can you please tell me that is it compulsory to pay thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for the malpractice insurance?

isnt there any way to waive this ? or to get rid of it?

waiting for ur kind reply

thanx. plz do reply

help pls

hi umar bhai

i really appreciate the help ur providing to every one

i have a doubt does HIPPA, OSHA,hiv education help u in strengthing ur cv for ur residency application or r they for electives only???

thank you

they are for electives

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they are for electives only... thanks!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Salam

I am doing internship n hav started prep for step1.. I hope to write in July 2014.. Umar Bhai ur site is really helpfull .. Jazak Allah Khair..

salam i am a 4th year student and i want to go for electives

salam i am a 4th year student and i want to go for electives
at henry ford how should i start kindly guide me it will be a favour

regarding MPH

Hi Umar ji,

    i really appreciate u for such a wonderful help in this website.i have completed my m.b.b.s from India this march.i heard that masters in public health is the best alternative for maintaining our visa status,at the same time an added advantage.is it hard preparing for steps doing masters simultaneously?what are the chances of getting into residency with and without mph degree?i heard its getting tough to get into residency even with double 99 scores,is it true?please help me out...thanks in advance ....

Thanks for ur kind words...

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Thanks for ur kind words... MPH helps ur chances of getting residency...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Surgery Residentship

Hello Umarbhai,am new to this website.

I need you to clarify my doubts. my question is,

1. Is getting surgery electives is difficult?

2. If i do electives in surgery, will it increase my chances of getting surgery residentship in future??

3. If i do electives in someother dept, is there any possiblity to get surgery residentship?

4. also i heard that surviving in surgery residentship is a gr8 task, v can be terminated any time when v are not upto the mark, also it ll take 5-7 years to complete it..

are these true regarding surgery residentship?

Kindly reply... needing your help..

1. No 2. yes... 3. research

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1. No

2. yes...

3. research is a more important factor...

4. I dont think so... I have never heard anything like that...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

job oportunities in india after doing residency from us

hello...

currently m doing my internship...and m very much intersted in doing residency from us..but after that i wish to cum back to india...

so ne1 can help me out regarding what are the job opportunities and scope in india after doing residency from us...???
do we have a brighter future in india also after doing residency from us...???

please guide me in this..

Regarding visa

Dear Umar,

I need to know how to apply for a visa in india if both my parents work abroad . I was wondering specifically about the financial statement needed . 

Also, Im in final mbbs part 2 . My university exams are in nov/dec. And I want to go for an elective in the months of january/february/march, and also give step 2 CS then so that one big load of CS and USCE is off my head. 

I'd really appreciate your advice and opinion on the same i.e. what to do about the visa, and what you think about me applying now 

Thanks in advance. Also, thanks for this amazing website. I found a lot of information that i wouldn't have known otherwise.

Have a good day,

Regards,

Abhishek Gupta,

Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai 

thanks for ur kind words...u

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thanks for ur kind words...u can use foreign bank statement... apply for both visa and CS asap... 

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Hi, umarbhai. I am a graduate

Hi, umarbhai.

I am a graduate from India completed in 2010. recently gave step 1. I want to obtain some clinical exp from US now to get LORs. What should I apply for externship or electives?

 

externship as u r a grad

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externship as u r a grad now...

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NSLIJ application fees

hello umar bhai ..please help me about the application procedure of NSLIJ .. is there any chance to get electives there  for pakistani students?

Every years many Pakistani

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Every years many Pakistani students go there!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Hi, I'm a U.S. Citizen that

Hi,

I'm a U.S. Citizen that did my M.B.B.S in India. I just finished my final year, but still have one year of the internship to complete. 

I wanted to know the process of transferring to the states for this last year. Would it be a clerkship or an externship?

What exactly do I need to do??? Please help!!

Thank you!

Why you need to transfer your

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Why you need to transfer your credits? Prepare for USMLEs and once done, apply for residency!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

about step 1


I wnt to ask, how much time is required ideally for preparation of step 1 Usmle??


thank u.

varies from person to

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varies from person to person... anything from a couple of months to a couple of years... its better to do it asap and as quick as possible!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

HELP PLEASE


Hey,


I am a 2nd year med student and i am planning to give my usmle step 1 around august 2012 but I have kaplan notes of 2010 so do you think i should get the latest edition of kaplan 2011 or 2010 notes are fine. Does it make any difference??? And also i have 2008 FA but for that i think i should get the 2011 FA , what do u think??? about kaplan and FA both.!!


thank you in advance. :)

It is better to use the

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It is better to use the latest edition but you can certainly use the older ones too; usually there is not much difference but even then, I always prefer the latest editions!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Guidance

salam umar bhai,

               i am student of final year mbbs at SIMS, Lahore. just taken written now preparing for vivas. has not taken steps. need ur guidance that should i try for electives or start preparing or usmle step 1 after my vivas are over.

 thanking in anticipation

 Attiq_ur_rehman,

 SIMS/SHL.

Salam, if u r done with your

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Salam, if u r done with your final prof exams now... then it is better to concentrate on step 1 and get it done asap with good scores!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

salaam,   Iam an IMG, new


salaam,



  Iam an IMG, new to dis site.............found this site very useful to to start my preparation for my USMLE step 1 xam.............i have certain queries plz help me out........


iam an internee, my internship will be completed by november 2011...............iam planning to give my step 1 in the month of july 2011.............i have started my preparation few days before................iam in dilemma if i could complete my preparation till july...........can i do it in 5 months??????


plz advice me how to plan for my preparation


THANK U.

Yes you can... for sure...

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Yes you can... for sure... keep in mind... dedication is the key...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

clerkship

hi how r u? i'm going for a clerkship in kentucky university this march.... they are asking safety measures & infection control training certificate .... I'have done hipaa... but cudn't find this... wer do i get it? & can u tell me how cv should be ? plz help on this ...reply asap...

hi.cud u pz give the link to

hi.cud u pz give the link to the Kentucky university webste for electives?thnx

Visit the following link.

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Visit the following link.

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someone please help me

hi umar ji,

           i m in a great dilemma.i need ur help desperately.

                 my m.b.b.s will be over by march 2011.my parents r planning to make my wedding soon.do u know what will be my visa status if i marry a person whose green card is under processing?which visa status wil help me better while matching process ??????shall i marry a green card holder or u.s citizen....?

                   thank u ..................

Visa

Marrying a US Citizen give immediate resident status (Green Card), so you do not need any visa to come US.

Marrying a US citizen gets

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Marrying a US citizen gets you a green card much earlier(in months) than a green card holder(in years). If a green card holder becomes a US citizen in the mean time, your case processing becomes faster(in months).

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

step 2 ck


hi,


i wanted to know whether it is advisable to give step 2ck before step 1. i.e after completeing final professional exams. ? or is it necessary to give step 1 first. ?

You can give either one

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You can give either one first!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

hello

  hello.iam dr seema from pakistan and iam clear in fcps part1 in gyne obs in last exam in september.

i want to know somthing for mrcog part1.

iam from pakistan and clear in fcps part1 in gyne obs.it happend that after passing fcps part1 just fill form and register for mrcog part1.no need to give exam of mrcog part1.

but now i listend that offer is close now?

is it on or not?

plz tell me all about it?do i have to appear in exam or not?

if not than how to register myself for it?

i clear fcps part 1 in september21

no 1 tell me properly and idnt find any thing related to it on net,today i find your site and mailing u.

thank u.

I am not much aware of UK

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I am not much aware of UK medical system... I would recommend you to contact someone in/from UK for it!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

FORM 186

hi how r u Umar bhai...I needed an advice regarding a major problem i am facing right now..My Form 186 has been rejected twice BECAUSE THEY SAY THAT seal doesnt match the one on ECFMG record ...I called ECFMG for help but they are not helping me in any way ...they told me to confirm wth the medical school whether they ve used the right seal or not which i did and they assured me that they ve used the right seal ..Infact i and my friends got it signed and stamped in front of our eyes and THEY ACCEPTED the other FORM 186 OF MY FRIENDS WID THE SAME SEAL ON IT ....now what should i do ?....im running out of time for my target date for step 1 exam so worried about this ??....Thanx..

Try sending a new form 186...

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Try sending a new form 186... make sure u have the correct seal on it this time... consult any of your friends/seniors who got their form accepted!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

HIPAA training

can u tell me from where and which specific coarse should i do for hipaa training coz there are many universities and hospital which require hipaa training certificate for clinical electives...now there are many websites which offer certificate but i just want to make sure that i'm doing the right one...

i'm applying for staten island and john hopkins both require hipaa training certificate...

help guys!

Visit the following link.

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Visit the following link.

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hello,i am dipen .i completed

hello,i am dipen .i completed my usmle step 1 AND CK.I WENT TO TAKE VISITOR VISA for my cs examination.but visa was rejected.officer not seen any of my documents.he asked me what r u doin ig now?i replied i am medical officer in private hospital.my visa rejected on 12nov 2010.when should reapply for my visa again..now i am working in goverment hospital..how can i convince visa officer for issue my visa?

Reapply asap. Please visit

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Reapply asap. Please visit all posts on visa and also read comments and their replies. Try to find out why your visa was rejected and then reapply asap!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Malpractice Insurance for elective in Canada

Hello,

Thank you for all your help with this website. I have a question for you, I would like to apply for an elective in Canada and need Malpractice insurance coverage for this. I only know about one company that provides it which is HKMB HUB International

595 Bay St., Suite 900
Toronto ON M5G 2E3

and is very expensive!

Does anyone have any other information for Canadian Malpractice insurance!!

Thank you and I really appreciate your help

Is this the same as required

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Is this the same as required by University of Toronto? If yes, university of toronto accepts malpractice insurance only from their mentioned company. Different Canadian Universities have different malpractice insurance requirements; its better if you first consult someone from the place you are applying to!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Please help me..

Hi Dear Umer.. I am an IMG, went for a couple of electives for 4m and gave my cs in Philly, fate is that me and my other frnds who gave in philly failed. Worried if we can match with the fail in our profile. Dint yet give my steps and need your advise if we can match with good scores and some research experience,,

You can still go ahead....

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You can still go ahead.... just make sure you get done with others steps asap and most importantly, with good scores... CS failure cannot make you go unmatched with good scores and letters!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

But I wanna get into a

But I wanna get into a surgical or Ob/gyn residency.Mny ppl told me its herd to match into those, so Iwas thinking whether to go ahead and do a pg here and then try for residency after pg.What do you suggest Umer..I am really confused..please help me..

No doubt it is hard to match

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No doubt it is hard to match into surgery and ob/gyn with a failed CS... if you consider it a worth-taking risk, you can do pg training in your home country. Though I am not sure if your pg training helps you find a better residench spot.

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NYU giving which type of visa


can anyone please tell me what type of visa does NYU gives ??



please reply

step 2 cs before step 1 & step 2 cs

dear umar i wanted to know whether we can give step 2 cs directly without giving step 1 or step 2

yes you can....

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yes you can....

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what is clinical electives? and who can apply for it?

hello everyone! i'm new on this, so please go easy on me..

my name is Lucas and i'm in the 3rd year of medicine school at USP, a brazilian university.

i've recently heard about "clinical electives" chatting with some friends. i was told that it was sort of a 4 to 8 weeks programme in which medical student were able to experience different enviorments in the field of Health caring.

However, dont know if my information is accurate, so i would like to know if someone could answer me  following questions:

1) who can apply for these clinical electives?

2) are international students eligible for this?(brazil?)

3) how much does it cost? 

thanks!!

 

well replied ayaz! Lucas,

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well replied ayaz!

Lucas, please visit the following links for the answers of your questions.

1. Clinical Electives

2. Foreign students

3. Fees

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Dear Lucas

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Welcome to this website! A clinical elective is a brief period of training in a US-based health care system. Since you are a medical student in Brazil, you would qualify as an international student. You are eligible to apply in any institution in US for electives provided you meet their requirements, such as the TOEFL exam and in an increasing number of institutions, USMLE Step 1 exam. The cost depends whether or not the institution has a tuition fees which can range anywhere from 0$ to 500$ to 3700$ per month.

Please go through the electives section on this website to find detailed information available on where and how to apply. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries! Enjoy.

doin indian pg will help n mle matchin

hi umar..

   am plan to gv stp 1 on jan11.

   and i wanna get anesthesia n ma residency,,

  one f ma frn tellin me, its vry tough to gt.

  so first do indian pg n anes, then apply for match

  lik tat..

  can u tell me, aFter doin md anes here n apply for match will help me  an?/

I dont think doing indian pg

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I dont think doing indian pg is a wise idea... its tough but not that tough.... one of my cousins matched in anesthesia this year... good scores, good letters and some research experience is certainly the way to success....

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FMG portal Externships


Hi,


I am in Intern year in india. I wanted to ask if FMG portal externships are good enough to do. How are those in comparisons to the Uniersity Clerkships.


How does this work ? Do they give us Externships in reputed hospitals or to some private doctors. I am very confused.


I attended 2 months of electives in Yale and planning to apply for more. Should i pusue the path of University electives in US or FMG portal externships are equally gud.


Looking forward for your reply.

I am myself not sure about

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I am myself not sure about them. If you are going to Yale then you should try to get some volunteer work/ research over there....

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regarding user name and password

Hi, Umar Bhai,

I would be obliged if you could provide me an user name and password..i would really like to contribute and keep learning from this wonderful website

Thanks for your kind words.

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Thanks for your kind words. You can send me your article at umartariq58@gmail.com and if it is worth publishing, you would be mailed a username and password and your name would be included in the list of authors and contributors of this website.........

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

help me

Salam umer bhai. i really appreciate ur efforts its really helping students like us, i am a 3rd year student of Sindh medical college karachi. i ve a query i ll b very thankfull to u if u help me.. i ve a 5 year visit visa for US expiring on 2012 plz tell me how it can help me in applying for electives? can i apply for clinical electives? i hafto follow da routine procedures given on thier websites or can i ve any advantage of my visa??

Thanks a lot for your kind

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Thanks a lot for your kind words waqas! God bless you!

It is a visit visa, so it wont be of much help... unless some university requires you to be on a visitor visa for electives, which is highly unlikely... most of them require B1, F1 or J1... I dont think you cannot use your current visa but at the same time it would help you in interview if you visited US and came back in time... it shows a good visa history...

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

THANKS UMAR BHAI.....

Dear umar bhai,,

i'm a 4th year medical student from india and i was a silent follower of this extremely helpful website..i would like to thank you for the efforts you have kept in making such a wonderful website which is nothing short of an encyclopedia.i would be starting my internship from feb 2011 and i wud like to apply for electives while doing internship....the information that all the members provided here is very useful,,especially for beginners like me...

and thanks once again for your noble work and may the god bless you and all the members here with good health and happiness.

keep up the good work,,and i would like to help this site in anyway that i can,,,All your efforts are really inspiring

regards...

kalyan.

Hi Kalyan Thanks a lot for

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Hi Kalyan

Thanks a lot for your kind words. They are truly encouraging, inspiring us to do much more...

You are most welcome to write about anything useful for this website and it would be published in your name and you would be provided a username and password to access this website... God bless you!

Thank you very much for your kind words... they mean a lot to all of us, trying to help others....

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externship

hi i'm  mbbs graduate. i hv nt done ny electives nd bcming paranoid abt tht. cn u tel me what all medical schools give externships observerships frankly i hve no idea where to start from. i'm confused. plz help 

I am not aware of any place

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I am not aware of any place offering externship or research... u can visit usmletomd.com

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

hi ; umar bhai

hi umar bhai ; i have just given my step 1; got a single elective; gave toefl and today i got a 10 yr visa. i want to contribute here becoz although i went to a lot of sites; the exact thing what i had to say in the visa interview came from ur website only......... thanks a lot !!!

please give me a user name and pass

hi rahul, thanks a lot for

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hi rahul,

thanks a lot for your kind words... please email me your experience to umartariq58@gmail.com and I would publish it and give you a username and password.... thanks a lot! God bless you!

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salam, i hv this query if

salam, i hv this query if somebody guides me ....can i apply in cs in september or october and also apply in that year residency program

can somebody give me authentic reply ... i be thankful

yes you can but you have to

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yes you can but you have to pass all the exams before matching..... not necessarily before interviewing...

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please guide me!

good day sir!


i am from terna college in mumbai which is a private college n in my final yeAr!i hve very recently become very very keen on us n i wanted to ask am i too late??should i apply for electives in jan or should i start planning now?i ve internship from jan for a year..n will my college name affect my chances to get in the us.thanking u

As everyone says, you are not

As everyone says, you are not late for USMLE if you are  applying for electives. Electives generally is the first step towards ur Residency application. Steps you can take later also but you can apply for electives only in that one year of your entire medical profession, so if you miss the bus you miss it (although later you can go for observerships etc.). So since you can apply for electives now, you should start working on it now. Keep reading posts and comments on this site and also other blogs/forums/communities. You will be at an advantage if you know the facts and figures beforehand.

All the best

-Viraat

Thanks for the authentic

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Thanks for the authentic reply viraat!

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Hi Swati Name of your college

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Hi Swati

Name of your college has nothing to do with your electives application... u can apply now or in jan.. it depends upon u... u r not late at all....

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How I can be a part of this website n ask my questions?

How I can ask questions here?

Can I find help regarding my field i.e physiotherapy?

You are already a part of the

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You are already a part of the website and asking questions. I m sorry I dont know much about physiotherapy.

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usmle

hi i m preparing for usmle step1...i need help and guidance............regarding the opportunities in u.s.a for docs..........

Please visit various sections

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Please visit various sections of this website and usmletomd.com and then ask specific questions, if any!

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externship visa


my brother appeared for an interview at the US consulate for a tourist visa to do externship.He earlier went to the US and came back after giving his step 2 cs(he was given a 6 months single entry B1B2 visa)...now when he went for the visa again he was rejected and the reason they gave was that he should've applied for J1 visa,    he even showed them the acceptance letter from the hospital.The hospital where he got externship is ok with B1B2 visa(but it did not mention that in the letter).


he is going to appear again....what documents do you suggest he takes and what reasons should he give?


he will not be paid for externship by the hospital.


please answer.......replies will be much appreciated.


this is a great site filled with useful information.

every hospital has its own

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every hospital has its own visa conditions... better first confirm it from the hospital that which visa is required for externship!

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please guide.

salam umar bhai, have another query in my mind...does the score in final prof or the overall academic performance during mbbs has any benefit on getting residency?.....i have above avg performance in all my profs and will InshALLAH perform to my best in final prof....should this effort give me any
 benefit?....please guide.


  Thanking in anticipation.

I dont think... I dont think

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I dont think... I dont think it matters at all...

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Thanks...

Thanks...

Thanks.

Thanks Umar bhai.....May ALLAH Bless you with more than you desesrve.

thanks a lot for your kind

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thanks a lot for your kind words... God bless you!

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I want to join this site


Dear Umar bhai,  I am a 4th year MBBS student in Lahore Medical & Dental College, Lahore. I want to join your team in this noble cause. Please consider my request.


Sincerely,


Zaheer Anjum

Zaheer, thanks a lot for your

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Zaheer, thanks a lot for your kind words. The website is an open access for all. The login and password is only for authors, who have written atleast an article for this website. If you have something to share, I would be more than happy to provide you author privileges. God bless you!

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USMLE Step 1 OR Step 2

salam Umar bhai, iam new to your forum..study in final year SIMS Lahore.


i am focussing on the issue "not too late from graduation"....i have not yet completed my first read for step 1....have only read physiology till now....i have a 


relatively strong basics of mbbs(have scored above average in previous professionals)....i have read pharma and pathology solely from kaplan during the sessions


and have distinctions in written exams...iam willing to study from kaplan for the final prof as well(excluding surgery)...my final prof starts on 7th of Jan 2011...iam


confused on two issues and want your sincere advice:


1.should i go / prepare for step 2 OR step 1 from now onwards?....


2.should i try for electives now?.....


please guide me in a little detail to decide for my future.


    Thanking in anticipation. 

try for electives, study from

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try for electives, study from kaplan for final prof, then once you are done with prof, start for step 1 prep during or after electives, if u get electives try to give CS before coming but practice a lot for CS cases, atleast 3-4 times each case... I think it is the best plan for you!

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electives


respected sir !


   i am frm pak.now in china fr mbbs.it is my 3rd sem.


  i want to go fr electives.i hav no info.i m at '0' reading,to which axis i should move on sir,plz guide me.tkanks.


  i want to tell u that my brother is going fr CS very shortly.he has got visa.u also tell me it ll help me to some extant??if yes,how?


    thank u .

go through the whole website

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go through the whole website in detail... 

it does not matter at all... if ur brother has gotten a CS visa...

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help!!


Assalamoalaikum!


I need help redarding writig a CV to be appointed as asssistant secretary of kemkol.


how to write cvs....?????????

Plz visit the following link

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Plz visit the following link

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to know universities offering residencies for IMGS

Hi i just want to know the genuine list of universities or hospitals offering residency for IMGs.please help me with this.

Visit the following link

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Visit the following link

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nt doiing electives

salam bro,

i hv recently dne my mbbs 4m rawalpindi n wantd sm guidnce.........

1.i hv nt dne any sort of electives so hw mch does it matter in getting a residency.....thnx bro...

Salam Mohsin, Every year many

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Salam Mohsin,

Every year many foreign graduates get residency and they don't have any electives and every year many foreign graduate with multiple electives don't get residency anywhere in US... so never consider electives to be a short-cut to residency or you cannot get residency without them... there r so many other factors... so like many other factors that boost your CV.... electives in one of them.. with USMLE scores always being the number one factor...alongwith your CV, personal statement, interviewing skills, visa status, research experience, job experience, time since graduation etc.  

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thnx bro....it was a pleasure

thnx bro....it was a pleasure reading ur rply bt i hv dropd my plan of doing usmle due to sme prsnl reasons....cn u sugst me any unit of mdcn in lahore or islmbd where i shd do my fcps training.....may ALLAH BLESS U yr......

thanks for your kind words...

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thanks for your kind words... I wud prefer working with Prof. Akram in Jinnah Hospital, Lahore or Dr. Irshad, Mayo Hospital, Lahore. I am not much aware of Islamabad but Shifa, FFH(Fauji Foundation), Holy Family and RGH are good places...

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to convince the dean! :(

hi umar bhai!

thanx for all the help uve given always,

i talked to the dean about electives; and showed him the application forms and he was sceptical about everything, especially when he saw the part where he has to certify that the student is in the ifnal year of medical school.

im an intern now, and he says it can never be considered as final year. So is there any link available which can show my dean that

1) majority of students from india do electives during their intenrship>

 2) The us universities consider the internship of indian students as part of final year.
(I have this doubt. Do all american students do electives in the fields they like for as many months as they think they want after they complete 4 years of undergraduate training including core clerkships) (Dont they have anythin like internship?)

thanks for ur kind

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thanks for ur kind words...

1. there is one on this website. visit the following link.

2. Final year of medical school is the last year before you get your degree. In India, as you get degree after internship so it is the final year of medical school whereas in US and Pakistan you get degree/ graduate before internship.

P.S: In US, the first year of residency training is called internship in most circumstances.

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electives

sir,

i want to know what does an elective expecting from us, i mean in de sense of skill.

provide me wid a username nd pass so i ll keep a follow up of u

                               thanking u

They expect you to behave as

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They expect you to behave as a hard-working student who is keen to learn...

you don;t need a username to access the website... username and passwords are only for the authors of this website...

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electives

hi sir,

first of all,i m very grateful to u since u & ur friends r taking so much efforts for juniors like us.we get lots of knowledge at ur site.sir i m doing internship 4m an Indian medical college.My query is whether is it essential to do electives from big name universities(like harvard medical school),frankly telling i can't afford such high tutions fee colleges.can u help me out wat shal i do &which coll i shld apply 4 electives?

Thanks a lot for your kind

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Thanks a lot for your kind words... it is totally upto u... every year many people dont even apply for electives... many don't apply in places with huge tuition fees.... many are not accepted even after applying... no sweat... moreover there are few big places with less fees.... e.g NIH is free of cost... for further details refer to the following link.

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Your advice

Dear sir,
I am a 55yr old practising Gyn&Obst.md(bOM),MRCOG(LONDON) wants to practice Ob/Gy in USA.Is USMLE mandatory to do so? What are my chances of getting posts after USMLE? Will 28 yrs of my experience in this field count in any way?
Requesting your guidence

Hi Sir, As far as I know, not

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Hi Sir,
As far as I know, not even USMLE is mandatory but also residency. Even the foreign consultants have to complete US residency training before practicing. An alternate route is to skip residency and apply for a direct fellowship... I don't think foreign consultants are allowed to practice without US training. Anyhow, your wide experience is impressive.

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My thoughts!

As Umar bhai mentioned, you need to pass USMLE and then get into and complete a residency training of OBGYN to get OBGYN board certification(at the end of residency u sit for this exam and then get license to practise OBGYN in USA)
But even though I feel USA is the only country which has the least bias towards age in giving training( surgical branches do discourage older ppl coz they feel learning a new skill is easier in younger ages, as i have heard; but i am not sure). I have seen fellows of >40 yrs in NIH and they came here through fierce competition between their younger counterparts, so it is not impossible!
But you have to weigh the risks/benefits.

Another option of fellowships is also a good way. In order to get into fellowships you have to get ECFMG certified(or pass USMLE) and then apply. In some cases (I have no idea abt OBGYN), at the discretion of program director, the fellowship duration can be extended (to encompass more years at par with a OBGYN residency) and you may request the USA OBGYN board to allow you to sit for OBGYN Board exam or become board eligible(which u normally become after doing a OBGYN residency) and thus get a OBGYN board certification. But this is a very slim possibility.
Personally I feel, given the highest rate of malpractice insurance for OBGYN docs in USA, it is difficult decision to start a new OBGYN career in USA.
Best Wishes.

Regarding eligibility for USMLE exam

 Dear Umar sir,

Bhai im a student of 9th semester MBBS from Pune. Iam willing to give USMLE exam ,but i have one problem which i want to share with you.

I heard from one of my seniors who are preparing for USMLE exam tht students who passed his MBBS with Grace marks in any of their subject they are not authorized to give USMLE exam.I had passed my ENT subject by grace marks,can u plz reply me and help me in solving my problem....

THANKS ALOT..waiting for ur reply :)

 There is no such rule to the

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 There is no such rule to the best of my knowledge....

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clinical clerkships certificate- transcript

Could you please post the minimum weeks required for all the clinical clerkships done in medical school. I need this information for the transcript. ( The specimen transcript on this website contains minimum requirements pertaining to India only, I'm sure there must be some requirements by the US medical schools in particular). Thank you.

 I m sorry I m not aware of

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 I m sorry I m not aware of any.... though there are some requirements of minimum weeks per specialty in California for PTAL... but I am not aware of any US med school requirements... Generally Core Clerkships include 8 weeks IM, 8 weeks Surgery, 8 weeks Gynae-Obs, 4 weeks Paeds, 4 weeks Psychiatry... i think so... it should be like this...

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thanks

Okay, thank you.

the number of weeks required

the number of weeks required may be mentioned as a requirement for application to electives but if you do not fit in one such criterion then you can always email them and request to waive off that requirement giving certificate or documentation from your home school that in your school only that many weeks are required to complete the core clerkships. that should help 

quires regarding l.o.r

hi i am a fmg from india i did my elective from mount sinai 2 months but i did it in 2 different fields one in dermapathology and second in pulmonary diseases medicine and i got 3 l.o.r 2 from derma and 1 from medicine .can you tell me that will derma l.o.r will help me to get in internal medicine residency that derma l.o.r states that i will be a good addition to any programme .or will derma l.o.r will go against my application

plz. guide!!!

 It should....

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 It should....

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sub internship

Hey Umar,can you pl tel me how to apply for sub internships?what are d colleges offering it?when to apply at d earliest?

It is the same as

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It is the same as electives... there is no specific list of universities offering sub-internship...

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CLERKSHIPS THROGH PRIVATE ORGANISATION

Hello,i m  from hyderabad,INDIA.I m in last 5 months of my internship period.I tried for elective at some universities but got rejected cos i hav applied late and they r alredy occupied.As a last hope once i was browsing in d net, i got to read about  americlerkships.org.i spoke to their executive,he said dat they can arrange me a clinical rotation wit teachin hospital guarantee..is it reliable?did any one tried before?can i get a visa if i apply throgh this or is it difficult??can one help me?pl reply soon.

Thanks Umar and Vaibhav.I ll

Thanks Umar and Vaibhav.I ll mail you Vaibhav.....Dr.RAO

@ Visitor

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Dude... i have some info about the authenticity of this americlerkship... i m not sure though... do call me on 09611662772 or mail me on vaibhav.doc@gmail.com ... we can discuss about it.. i may add some valuable inputs bout this private thing.. n plus we can discuss bout it... God bless...  

Thanks vaibhav.I ll mail

Thanks vaibhav.I ll mail you.... RAO

 i dont have any idea about

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 i dont have any idea about it..... generally it is believed that all such organizations are not usually trust-worthy but anyhow... ask for the acceptance letter before paying them...

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enquiry about electives

hi umar,

 

i have read people commenting about not to get excited about doind electives from big names  like yale,mayo, cornell or howard as they dont help you getting into residencies. they say it is good to have some usce from places where there are chances that they can offer you a spot in their residency program and not in these big places where they wont give you any spot orr call for ivs. plz reply

yes some ppl do suggest

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yes some ppl do suggest so..... as I see it is... u do electives at some good place like harvard, yale, hopkins and u have some chances of matcing there but it increases ur chances of matching in other places..... but if u do electives at some other place... u have good chances of matching in that one place but not much in other places as compared to students who went to harvard, yale, hopkins, mayo etc..... so at the end it is your personal decision...

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Elective/Internship

hi...

This is dev.

I have a question regarding Elective and internship.

I am looking for pursuing Specialty in Pediatrics in USA.

so what i have to do first..??

 

whether i have to apply for internship that is one year and then after go for Specialty.

or apply for electives...???

 

 

hi dev, you cannot do

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hi dev, you cannot do electives after completing your internship....

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about MPH

Dear Umar,

My name is venky ,intern in osmania medical college,hyderabad,INDIA.I have applied for clerkship in some universities in united states recently. Is it a correct step to go for Masters in public health if i get rejection fom all the universities and can you please suggest me the next best step if i am not accepted for any of the universities i hav applied.......

Dear Venky, Yes it is,,,, MPH

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Dear Venky,

Yes it is.... MPH from a US university does help in getting residency in US... it is an extra degree that gives you an edge in knowing all the research protocol and stats.... I am not sure sure if MPH from a non-US university helps to that extent...

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US electives

Dear Umar Bhai,

  Aoa,i am a 3rd year student at KE.I am a frequent visitor of websites related to USMLE,US-electives,Medical Research Programs etc.Recently yr website was tld to me by a frnd of mine ,and i found it very helpful regarding the above mentioned areas.Though yr website has answered a lot of my questions but i'v still got one n i wud b very grateful 2 u if u wud reply to it.I happen to b a US green card holder n my family is in VIRGINIA,US.Cn u plz tell me that is it essential for a green card holder or a us citizen opting for electives to take TOEFEL????

Salam Izzah, Thanks for your

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Salam Izzah,

Thanks for your kind words... it is not essential but helps in many places... I m also a green card holder and even I gave TOEFL...

You dont HAVE to give TOEFL for electives but it increases your chances of acceptance, you can also get electives without it!

P.S: TOEFL result is valid only for 2 years!

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