I am a US citizen in KMC Manipal(India0 doing my third year. I don't know too much about the American Medical School System since I went straight out of Highschool(big mistake). Anyways I wanted to know what exactly are electives? Are they just to help International Medical students get some exposure to an American Hospital or do they really help in landing a good residency in the USA. Also is there a way to gain experience at an American Hospital after graduating but before starting a residency. The college that I am in only allows students to do 1 month of electives outside India during fourth year, so is it really worth it?