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    securing US elective rotations

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    Hi,
    i got a recommended accepted to PUMS for the 4 year MD program and I'm wondering how one goes about getting to do their electives at US hospitals/schools. I would be grateful if any present/past PUMS students could please give some information on this. How easy/difficult is it to get elective rotation spots in US hospitals? What's the process?

    I'm asking because I would like to end up in the US/Canada and from what I understand, one must do some rotations in the US in order to get some experience and LORs for residency applications. I'm trying to determine if I should probably go somewhere else (if i get accepted) in order to better my chances of ending up in the US/Canada.

    Thanks in advance

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    It is not that hard to do electives in the US. I believe there was a link on the AAMC website from which you were able to search out hospitals that let IMG's do electives - you could even filter by whether they charged tuition or not. There is a lot of paperwork involved with the process so you need to start EARLY and stay organized, but it's completely doable.

    Warning - Unless your goal is to do Family Medicine make sure you do ALL electives in the US and not Canada. If you want more specific details feel free to send me a message.

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    PUMS is part of the GHLO initiative as of January 2014.

    Basically PUMS students can sign up for electives at participating medical universities.

    List of universities can be found here: https://www.aamc.org/services/ghlo/institutions/

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    CanadaPaul Thanks for your response. I had actually messaged you prior to posting this but my message probably didn't get through to you. Thanks for the tip as well! Will keep all this in mind.

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    thank you too!

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    Connections! Start meeting lots of doctors. The free rotations are hard to get b/c everyone is applying to them.
    Consider the paid ones. Better to get anything than nothing. Having US hands on experience (observerships not so much) is key. Lots of residency programs don't consider observerships as US clinical experience.
    http://americlerkships.org/
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