FAQ

What do I need to put in my personal statement?
A personal statement is a narrative essay that discusses your goals and experience. Here are some links that have ideas
http://www.usmleweb.com/sample_personal_statements.html
http://www.medfools.com/personal-statements.php
http://www.studentdoc.com/personal-statement-tips-1.html

What do I need to put in my CV?
A CV lists all your education and experience.
http://jobsearch.about.com/od/cvsamples/Sample_Curriculum_Vitae.htm

When do I pay the $300 deposit?
After you apply, with all of your required documentation, and we are clear on exactly what you want, we send you a placement offer with the information on the affiliated hospitals only.
If you are missing any documentation, we will contact you and let you know what we need in order to finish processing your application.
If you accept the placement offer, you sign it, scan it and send it back, indicating how you will pay your $300 deposit.
When the $300 deposit is received, we send you a receipt with the name of your doctor. Depending on the doctor, a week or so before your start date we may send you a transmittal letter. In some cases, you don’t need it.

When do I get to know the name of my doctor?
If you accept our placement offer, you sign it and scan it and send it back, indicating how you will pay your $300 deposit. When the $300 deposit is received, we send you a receipt with the name of your doctor.

How does this work?
You start by reading through our website thoroughly. If you think that we are the right company for you, then you can use the online form on the Apply page to send in your application. You will see all of our required documentation on the application.
After you submit a complete application, we will send you a placement offer that will include the information on the affiliated hospitals only.
If you accept the placement offer, you sign it, scan it and send it back, indicating how you will pay your $300 deposit. When the $300 deposit is received, we send you a receipt with the name of your doctor. Depending on the doctor, a week or so before your start date we may send you a transmittal letter. In some cases, you don’t need it.

How much does it cost?
Please refer to the Fees page of our website for the costs.

What if I want to do more than 12 weeks? Can I get a discount?
The most economical package we have is for 12 weeks. If you want to extend beyond 12 weeks, we can offer you the weekly rate charged for 12 weeks.

It’s expensive to live in the U.S. Can I get paid for doing my externship?
Unless you have working papers (green card), you cannot work legally in the United States. We do not offer job placement.

Do these externships provide hands on experience like electives?
Yes. These are hands-on clinicals. For graduates, they are called externships and no academic credit is given. For current medical students, depending on the requirements of your medical school, we can give you the necessary paperwork so that they count for academic credit toward your degree.

I will be on my final year in medical school so am I eligible for the program?
Yes, you are eligible. But you must discuss this opportunity with your own medical school to understand the requirements for receiving academic credit from a program like ours.

I want to know more, can I contact you?
Yes of course! But we would like you to read through our website and facebook page first, as virtually all of our information is there. Please visit both and read through each section, and then feel free to contact us by email, skype or phone with your questions. We are here to help!

I’m just getting started and I’m lost, where do I start?
We think that the very best way to get started on this is to read through the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org and the forum at USMLE-Forums.com.
Is my deposit refundable?
If you are unable to secure a visa and can show documented proof, we will refund 50% of your deposit.

What visa do I need for these rotations?
We recommend the B1/B2 visa. You can look at the following website. At the bottom of the table you wil see ‘Training’. That is how you qualify: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/BusinessVisa.pdf

Do I have to be ECFMG certified to start externship?
No. Just register with them at www.ecfmg.org Registration is free. (if you have taken any step exams, you are already registered).

Do I have to take Step 1 or Step 2CK or Step 3CS to start externship?
No. Just register with them at www.ecfmg.org Registration is free. (if you have taken any step exams, you are already registered).

Will the externship be in a hospital or at a doctors office?
Most likely both. Most doctors in the US work on a combined inpatient/outpatient basis. You will assist the doctor in their clinic, and then go with them on hospital rounds, sometimes at 2 or more hospitals. The experiences run the gamut from 100% outpatient (outpatient surgery, for example) to 100% inpatient (emergency medicine, for example). Most are combined outpatient/inpatient, and the ratio depends on the specialty.

Will the LOR I receive be as if I worked in the hospital or in the doctors office?
It will be from your preceptor, and the LOR will contain information about the doctor and their affiliated hospitals.

Are all the placements in hospitals?
We provide hands-on clinical externships, not observerships. Our preceptors are generally not affiliated with a medical school or teaching hospital, but in all cases the LOR and evaluation are absolutely appropriate for the USMLE match application.