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Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by trixnjoks, Feb 27, 2002.

  1. trixnjoks

    trixnjoks Junior Member

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    I go to med school in eastern europe and I'm about to pay this company to be placed at ACGME accredited hospitals to do core rotations. They're called PGY1md inc. (also known as Graduate Medical Consultants) You can check their site at <a href="http://www.pgy1md.com" target="_blank">www.pgy1md.com</a>
    Does anybody have any experience with this company? Does this sound legal? You pay a company who has contacts at the hospital and badda-bing! you can go do your clerkships in the U.S.? Does any of you think this could bring any kind of problems in the future to get a liscence and such?
     
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  3. UAB

    UAB Member 7+ Year Member

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    I think it?s an easy way to make money!!!
    4500$ to find you an elective rotation?????
    I?m from western Europe and I took three months electives at Baylor without charge ( only application fees and medical insurance ).
    Almost all medical schools don?t charge you for electives ( except Harvard ), only you have to look for them.
    If you look for them you will save a lot of money and you will go to a place where YOU LIKE; not somewhere that you don?t know.
    Otherwise if you don?t care to pay that money to go anywhere you can do it.
     
  4. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    ABSOLUTELY DO NOT PAY THIS COMPANY FOR SOMETHING YOU CAN DO ON YOUR OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You do not need any "contacts" to set up an elective rotation at at ACGME US medical school. Many, many US schools take foreign clerks and most of them I've found don't even charge an application fee (some do - Baylor is one of the more expensive and some places, like Harvard and Stanford, charge tuition [which can be as high as $3,000 a month] if you aren't paying tuition at a US school).

    All you have to do is to look at the web sites of schools you are interested in, look under Visiting Electives/Clerks, etc. and follow the directions. There is NO NEED for you to pay anyone to help you with this.

    Now admittedly finding CORE rotations is more difficult than finding electives. However, there are schools out there which do offer these (sorry don't have names) - ask some of the students who have gone before you at your school (the administration should provide this information to you) for such programs. Start a calling/letter writing/emailing campaign to find out this information. Possibly some of the community programs which take clerks from the Caribbean schools would be of assist.

    This company is preying on the uninformed and over-financed or simply lazy. Please do this yourself without paying for some unnecessary assistance.

    best of luck to you.
     
  5. trixnjoks

    trixnjoks Junior Member

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    Thanks for your replies y'all!
    It's true, paying for electives is just sick! My plan was to pay for core rotations since it has been IMPOSIBLE to find a hosital which accepts interantional students. See, the problem is I'm desperate to get my hands on U.S. core rotations, but I don't want to transfer to the carrib.
    There is another issue at hand... this company (pgy1.com) told a friend of mine that is alright to do an internal medicine and ob/gyn core rotation at a hospital which only has a family practice residency program. Is this true?
    Also, if I do my rotations at these hospitals, should the hospital keep records of my rotations? How would I know that these records are actually being kept? Which hospital department is in charge of this?
     
  6. wbd161

    wbd161 Member 7+ Year Member

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    I'm an IMG and I'm looking for a place where I can do some observership/clerkship too. This may seem stupid but what's the difference between "core" and elective? Does "core" mean you'll be rotating in one specialty only?
     
  7. duffbaba

    duffbaba Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Core rotations, namely medicine, OB/GYN, Peds, Surgery, Psych, are very difficult for students who are outside of that medical school to get. This is true even for students at American medical schools. Usually these rotations are reserved spots for the 3rd year medical students at their respective schools. Elective rotations are much easier to get because there is not as much demand. The student to spot ratio is lower.
     

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