Los Angeles-based Residents Medical helps medical school students and graduates navigate the complexities of the residency program placement process in the United States. Residents Medical also connects graduates with externship opportunities that enable them to obtain hands-on US clinical experience (USCE) at University-based teaching hospitals, which are the most difficult to procure and hold the most value in distinguishing a candidate’s application for a medical residency.
USCE at a University-based teaching hospital is crucial for graduates applying to a US medical residency and plays an important factor in the selection process. Students with USCE at a University-based teaching hospital have valuable practical knowledge in their chosen field of medicine, which improves their chances of selection to a residency program.
Residency programs generally give preference to applicants with USCE at a University-based teaching hospital, and the elective rotations involved with USCE at a University-based teaching hospital provide students the chance to explore the various disciplines within their field of medicine. Additionally, USCE at a University-based teaching hospital enables international and foreign medical graduates to demonstrate their understanding of procedures, protocols, and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies in US residency programs.
USCE at a University-based teaching hospital comes in two forms: observational and hands-on. Observational externships do not hold the same weight as hands-on experience, but observation helps students stay current in their training and fills gaps in their curriculum vitae (CV). Students obtain hands-on experience through externships at universities, which fills gaps in their CV and prepares them for residency training.