Finding Clinical Experience in the US as an IMG

Finding Clinical Experience in the US as an IMG

Finding Clinical Experience in the US as an IMG

May 14, 2019 - Traci Hall

Why is Clinical Experience Important?

Clinical experience in the United States is an essential part of the residency application for International International Medical Graduates (IMG’s). It is one of the top things you can do to increase our chances in Matching into a U.S. Residency Program.

Clinical experience could help you ask for and obtain letters of recommendation, which are a crucial part of residency applications for most IMGs, according to residency program directors1.

It can also assist with networking and making connections with other doctors, program directors, and other people who can possibly aid you in your residency journey.

Residency program directors will want to see that applicants have an understanding of the U.S. healthcare system and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s core competencies of residency programs2. Gaining clinical experience is an invaluable part of providing that knowledge but it also helps you familiarize yourself with hospital technology and U.S. culture in general.

How to get clinical experience in the U.S. as an IMG?

Trying to get clinical experience can feel like a massive obstacle for many IMG’s. Not only is it necessary, but the positions are few and far between and competitive to get into. Kaplan now offers a formalized process for obtaining your U.S. clinical experience.

Through Kaplan’s Step 2 with U.S. Clinical Experience program, you’ll attend Kaplan’s live Step 2 CK prep course in Miami, Florida and you will attend clinical rotations at a local U.S. hospital. Assisting an attending physician in a variety of specialties.

You can participate in a 6-month program that includes 8-weeks of rotations or a 12-month program that includes 28 weeks of rotations.

What is included with the program?

  • Step 2 CK prep with live lectures
  • Actual clinical experience at a U.S. hospital located in Miami, Florida.
  • Personal advising with one of our experts to provide you with guidance and help create the most effective study plan for you to help increase your chances in the Match.
  • Rotation opportunities in your chosen specialties: Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Intensive Care Unit/ Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Endocrinology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Surgery, and Psychiatry.
  • Exposure and training on Electronic Medical Record Utilization.