Residents Medical was established in Los Angeles, California, more than two decades ago to help American and international medical graduates secure residencies. These services have become increasingly vital in recent years as America’s residency bottleneck continues to tighten. Residents Medical provides a number of unique pathways to residency opportunities.
The 48-Weeks Full Rotation Program, for example, has been designed to help international medical graduates and foreign medical graduates familiarize themselves with and integrate into the health system in the United States. As international and foreign medical graduates are required to gain medical experience in the United States prior to being considered for residency at an American institution, the full-rotation program is an invaluable resource.
Residents Medical’s extensive network of universities and hospitals allows residency candidates to find the ideal fit, taking into account a medical graduate’s area of focus and the requirements listed by the specific program they are interested in. Furthermore, the organization’s Residency Dream Team can provide assistance in finding programs that not only meet a candidate’s professional and academic needs, but their financial and geographical situations as well.
For more information about the 48-Weeks Full Rotation Program and additional pathways to residency and accreditation can be found online at http://www.residentsmedical.com.
Residents Medical is an educational organization that helps medical students and graduates achieve a medical residency, through our ACGME accredited program, in the United States. The organization provides exclusive services to educate, prepare, and guide both domestic and international candidates. One way Residents Medical prepares residency candidates is through one-on-one USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) tutoring.
The USMLE provides medical licensing authorities in the United States with a common evaluation system to grant initial medical license to physicians. Overseen by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the examination consists of the following three steps:
1. (Step 1) A one-day examination administered in an eight-hour session. A candidate’s understanding and application of basic medical science concepts are tested, focusing on health, disease, and therapy principles and mechanisms. This first step checks the candidate’s mastery of the foundational sciences for the competent practice of medicine and the scientific principles required for lifelong learning to maintain proficiency.
2. (Step 2CK) The CK (Clinical Knowledge) examination, which is also a one-day session but is administered over nine hours. It focuses on promoting health and preventing disease by testing a candidate’s ability to apply knowledge and skills, along with his or her clinical science comprehension. Clinical science principles and basic patient-centered skills are assessed to ensure that candidates can adequately practice medicine under supervision.
(Step 2CS) Includes CS (Clinical Skills) tests that are in the same areas as SK but uses standardized patients to assess the examinee’s ability to gather patient information, make physical examinations, and communicate findings.
3. (Step 3) The final examination is administered over a two-day period. It tests a candidate’s ability to apply medical knowledge and biomedical and clinical science comprehension to practice medicine unsupervised. Examinees must prove they can be independent and are qualified to provide general medical care.
Successful completion of step three leads to a license to practice medicine unsupervised.
For 2 decades, Residents Medical has been helping its candidates using a pioneering approach to guide them in obtaining a medical residency. Residents Medical provides several services including consulting and preparing a CV (curriculum vitae) and PS (personal statement), especially for foreign medical graduates (FMGs) and international medical graduates (IMGs). A candidate’s CV and PS serves as the first impression to present experience, achievements, and skills to stand out from their competition.
To catch the interviewer’s eye, the PS should be a one-page essay format, that is concise and well-articulated while being able to grasp the attention of the reader in 10 seconds. It should outline the candidate’s motivations, strengths, and unique attributes that will contribute to being a successful resident. A candidate should keep in mind that their statement will be read by a selection committee – which includes the interviewers and the residency program director. The committee will be looking to see if the potential resident has the focus, maturity, enthusiasm, and stability to succeed.
The CV is a summary that specifically outlines the graduate’s medical education and research
background. It should be able to highlight that the candidate is professional and distinctive, along with possessing exceptional communication skills. The CV should be stimulating to move the reader to action. It is also important that a CV be easy to read and well-organized so that it is visually appealing.