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    internship vs pa in home country, which strengthens CV more?

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    i have the opportunity to work either as a physician's assistant (starting april) or an intern (starting july) in my home country, which position in your opinion will look more favorable to PD's?

    ps. in my country PA's do the exact same job as resident physicians, just that PA's don't have the credentials to teach.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Intern.

    PA will never be viewed as equivalent in the US, simply because it is not equivalent in the US. The PD's will not likely be impressed with someone who has a medical degree working as a PA, no matter the circumstances.

    (Ideally, if you are looking at the US, you will want to enter the Match sooner than later.)

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    Thanks a lot devildoc! A follow up question, would it matter to PD's whether the internship was done at an university program or a university-affiliated community program? I don't expect US PD's to hold any foreign university programs in high regards or am i mistaken?
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    That would be a question for the PDs. I would personally choose a university program, but that is just me. Regardless, if you are looking to apply to match in the US, then you will not be spending too much time there, anyway.

    Is there no possibility for you to garner US clinical experience (and the vital US LORs) during the coming year? That would stand you in a lot better stead than foreign clinical experience for the 2014/15 match.

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    Thank you, I appreciate your concern. I have done 2 months of USCE and acquired and submitted 2 US LoR to ERAS. I was in this yr's match (4 IM IV's), however I was forced to cancel them due to compulsory military duty in my country (was not allowed to fly out). I managed to get myself exempted from such duty and now i'm looking to strengthen my CV. People have told me there's still the SOAP but I've heard it's for US grads, so i'm not counting on it. I've ruled observership out because it's really expensive and away from home (plus you dont get to do anything!). I figured the best way to show PD's that I am ready for an US internship is by being actively involved in medicine, which for me is to enter an internship or become a PA in home country, which you've kindly pointed out the advantage of the former over the latter. Thank you again for your advice!

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