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    Free Clerkship Program For International Medical Graduates

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    Essen Medical Associates, P.C. is a comprehensive multi -specialty medical group with medical offices located throughout the Bronx. We offer care for patients in Nursing Homes and through House Calls. The EssenMed Clinical Clerkship Program strives to provide you, the budding clinician, with a valuable hands-on clinical experience, the opportunity to be published, and networking opportunities within the healthcare field.

    EssenMed Clinical Clerkship Program provides Externship opportunities for IMGs (not just observership)!
    So you will be getting a hands-on experience on how to take patient history, do a physical exam, etc. You will be using (not just learning) our EHR (Electronic Health Record) system, knowing which gives you a competitive edge over other international applicants who have not used EHR.

    CONTACT: Academic & Research Program Coordinator

    Minimum Period of Commitment:
    Option 1: 5 weekdays per week for 3 months straight (Full Time)
    Option 2: 3 weekdays per week for 5 months straight (Part Time)

    How to Apply:
    Contact us by sending us your Resume at the email address mentioned in the attachement at least 2 weeks before your expected start date so we can interview you and orient you.

    Goals:
    Upon completion of the clerkship, students will be able to demonstrate competence in:
    1. Electronic Health Record system
    2. Diagnostic features of the major chronic diseases including clinical presentation, therapeutic approach, treatment and prognosis.
    3. Pathophysiology and pathologic anatomy of the major diseases including Cardiovascular, Infectious, Autoimmune, Neurodegenerative and Developmental.
    4. Patient communication skills with an emphasis on excellent bedside manner
    5. History taking and physical examination.
    6. An understanding of the basic quality measures required and the process of NCQA recognition programs.
    Including Patient Centered Medical Home, Accountable Care Organization, and Meaningful Use & Diabetes recognition program.
    7. Opportunity to get a commendation letter from the Medical State Society of New York (MSSNY) through us, if you are already a member with them.

    Evaluation:
    At the end of the rotation you will eligible to obtain a Letter of Recommendation from your Preceptor. You will also be awarded a Certificate of completion when you finish your Clerkship with us.

    IMGs with exceptional writing skills also qualify for a LOR from Dr. Sahgal at the completion of their clerkship. We look forward to having you with us as you enrich your clinical experience through Essen Medical Associates.

    Thank you!
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    Are these "clerkships" accredited by ACGME? If not, they will not qualify for training requirements for US licensure. They may be valuable for other purposes though.

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    Although the program is called Clerkship, it is technically Externships. Externships do not necessarily need to be ACGME accredited.

    As per a very good article:
    Clerkship is medical student clinical rotation at a teaching institution, typically ACGME accredited residency program alongside with residents. The key term here is medical student. A graduate cannot get a clerkship. Most IMGs have already graduated, so you cannot get a clerkship.

    Externship is a clinical rotation. There is no formal definition of an externship and technically rotation in an outpatient practice can also be considered a clerkship as long as your MS preceptor agrees that you got adequate exposure to the clinical side of the practice. Externship is also characterized as hands-on experience. You should see patients, work with charts, order labs, etc.

    Observership is a clinical observation where observer is not allowed to interact with patients

    Naturally, Clerkships carry the most weight because they are formalized and always equate to hands on clinical experience in a teaching hospital. Externships leave more for interpretation and not all externships are performed in a teaching institution. And finally Observership is defined as no hands-on, so it is difficult to expect your preceptor to have an opportunity to observe you in action.

    "U.S. Clinical Experience" or USCE cause a lot of confusion. Different programs use different criteria for determining whether one's clinical experience qualifies for USCE. First of all, all clerkships qualify. This does make much difference of IMGs because you have already graduated and clerkship is not something you can get. Observership typically does not qualify, just because it is not hands-on. Externship qualification varies. Some programs require clerkships to be at an ACGME accredited residency program. Unfortunately getting an externship at ACGME accredited residency program is more difficult than actually getting residency spot. Each program may offer just one two-month externship slot, which translates to 6 externs/year. Most programs consider externships as USCE regardless of location.

    So, is the time spent on observerships and externships a good investment? It absolutely is for several reasons:

    1. Typically you get U.S. LOR(s) from either experience. Just LORs alone make it well worth the time.

    2. Most programs qualify externship as USCE. Even though it may not count for some, these would be very competitive programs that you wouldn't qualify for anyway.

    3. A record of observership or externship makes one's CAF much stronger. Remember, only small percentage of IMG applicants has any form of clinical exposure to the U.S. healthcare system. By getting some, you raise above many.

    4. A record of experience in specialty of your application proves that you have experienced insides of the specialty first hand and made a concise choice.

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    Thank you for qualifying that. I will certainly keep the opportunity in mind.

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    does it have to be a minimum of 3 months?? what if i want to join for 2 months Fulltime?

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