5 Key Tips for IMG Students seeking a U.S. Clerkship

Are you considering an away rotation in the United States? As an IMG, there are several things you should be aware of before you accept this challenge.

Research the programs you are interested in and fulfill all of their specific application requirements because each program is unique (i.e. some require a USMLE Step 1 score and some do not). To help you get started, click here for the AAMC elective rotation guide.

If English is not your first language, practicing your vocabulary and pronunciation will significantly benefit your clerkship. Bonus – your translation skills could help you stand out!

Once accepted for a U.S. clerkship, research their public transportation system or arrange for a rental car. American cities vary from one to the next in their pedestrian friendliness and public transportation availability.

It is helpful to reserve housing as close to your program as possible. This will save you time and help you see what the program really offers as far as location. If you matched there for your residency, you’ll be spending a lot of time in that particular area of the city. Check out https://rotatingroom.com/ for affordable options from other medical students.

Work Ethic
Recognize the clerkship application process is highly selective and honor that by giving your best effort during your rotation. It is critical to prove your abilities and knowledge in the short time you spend rotating if you want to be considered as a candidate for residency at that program.

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About DIT Advising Team

The Doctors In Training Student Advising Team offers many advisory services including the following: customizing individual study plans for USMLE Step 1/ COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2 CK/ COMLEX Level 2, advising students with respect to combating everyday stress and test anxiety and preparing students for the residency application process.
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