For current international medical students and graduates (IMGs) hoping to practice medicine in the United States, a U.S.-based clinical rotation is essential. Securing these opportunities can be challenging, though. A rotations placement company, such as AMOpportunities, can help. At AMO, we believe in equal access to supplemental educational experiences. We connect IMGs with notable physicians and institutions who look forward to hosting international medical trainees. We also act as a support system for students and graduate during the time of their rotation. Continue reading below for information on how a clinical rotation can serve your current education and your future goals.


Practice with Patients and Medical Systems

One reason to take part in a U.S. clinical experience, sometimes called a rotation, is to become proficient in interacting with patients. Individuals who participate in these experiences will learn to provide medical care and advice to patients from different cultures.

In many cases, the languages spoken and customs practiced might be very different. Different places in the world have different medicinal customs with patients. These may be connected to geographic boundaries and the model of the physician-patient relationship. Specifics of this may include but is not limited to, different communication methods and diverse understandings of what should be shared. It is essential to understand that culture and geography can very much impact a patient’s health outcomes. Shadowing and working alongside a physician in the U.S. can give international medical graduates an example of what can be expected of both patients and physicians in North America.


Learn Professional Skills

Similar to social customs, professional skills vary geographically. In the United States, professionalism and punctuality are highly regarded. Clinical experiences are an opportunity for IMGs to adopt good practices. Clinical experiences will help graduates understand what is expected of them. In addition, graduates will learn how to interact with colleagues.

Medical terminology and procedures in the U.S. may also be new. Early exposure may help IMGs as they prepare for the USMLE. It will also create a knowledge-based which they may pull from should they complete a U.S.-based residency in the coming years.


Obtain LoRs to Apply for Residency

The main reason for completing a U.S. clinical rotation is to fulfill a requirement of the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). The NRMP is the process through which both domestic and international medical students are accepted into U.S. postgraduate residency programs. The completion of residency is required for a medical graduate to become a physician.

To apply for residency, applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation (LORs). These letters must be from practicing U.S. physicians to be considered. Clinical experiences allow IMGs to work closely with a U.S. physician, and, upon completion of the experience, they are eligible to request a merit-based LoR. In the process of seeking this document, IMGs may also find a mentor who can provide advice and support in the years that come. To find out more about the requirements of the NRMP and how to apply for the Match, click here.


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