An Overview of the American Healthcare System

Compared to other countries, the United States system of healthcare is considered to be complex. The U.S. does not provide universal healthcare for its citizens. Instead, there are a number of private and public institutions in place which pay for the healthcare of U.S. citizens. This post will provide a basic understanding of the U.S. healthcare […]

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The Importance of U.S. Clinical Experiences

  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 […]

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Observerships vs. Shadowing

Observerships vs. Shadowing AMOpportunities provides international medical graduates (IMGs) observership experiences. However, many IMGs wonder about the difference between an observerships and shadowing. We’ve decided to help clarify the two here:  Observerships Observerships are shadowing-only experiences. Students observe a physician in their day-do-day environment. There is no direct patient care involved, which means no histories, physicals, or access to patient data. Observerships are available for many types of students […]

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Clinic vs. Hospital

Clinic vs. Hospital In the United States, medical care takes many forms. However, medical care centralizes around two main locations: the clinic and the hospital. While AMOpportunities provides observerships and hands-on clinical rotations in both settings, it is important to know the distinction between both places before beginning your U.S. healthcare experience.   Clinic   A clinic is a health care […]

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The Benefit of Observerships

The AMA on Why Observerships are Beneficial The American Medical Association (AMA) recently published an article outlining how international medical graduates (IMGs) can better their chances for success in the Residency Match Process. According to AMA statistics, 51.2% of U.S. IMGs and 51.4% of IMGs matched with their preferred specialties in 2018. The AMA believes […]

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Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care

An important distinction in the U.S. healthcare system is the distinction between inpatient vs. outpatient care. Though both types treat patients, they differ in where, how, and to what extent patients are treated and how patients pay for treatment.

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Match to the Perfect Volunteer Experience

Finding the Right Volunteer Experience for You

Premed students are prone to participating in volunteering as one of their many extracurricular activities. And opportunities run the gamut from hospital settings and non-clinical environment in the U.S. and across the world. With so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To narrow down your search, and ensure you find something that matches with […]

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Top 5 IMG Friendly Specialties

Every year, all aspiring physicians must go through the Match to be placed into a residency program. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) participate in the Match process and fill positions in specific medical specialties. Certain specialty residency programs accept more IMGs than others. Here’s a list of the top 5 most IMG friendly specialties, ranked by […]

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Why IMGs Need Rotations

For international medical graduates, completing a rotation in America serves as a stepping stone for joining a United States residency program. Despite the recent political climate, the need for IMGs in the United States has become increasingly more prevalent. Nearly 25 percent of all practicing physicians in the U.S. are international medical graduates. These physicians […]

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Letters of Recommendation

The American Medical Association (AMA) strongly encourages international medical graduates (IMGs) to participate in U.S. Clinical Experiences (USCE) before deciding to apply to a residency program in the United States. Most, if not all, residency positions require at least 3 months of USCE. Entering an AMOpportunities experience puts you one step ahead by providing these […]

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