At this time under pandemic conditions, I'd look to stay closer to home.Hi,
I am a medical student in the UK, who was banking on using my elective period in Jan-Mar 2021 to get some USCE. Due to the pandemic, it seems unlikely that I will be able to do this, as both my home institution and US hospitals are discouraging or not allowing away rotations.
I understand that it is very difficult to get USCE outside of these away electives. My question is if other avenues, like paying for "externships" at private hospitals, are likely to work, as I haven't been able to find a lot of reliable information about these, or if I should give up on applying to the US completely, as all of the residency programs I have researched require or prefer USCE.
My step 1 score is 256, and I was planning on writing step 2 CK next spring. Specialties I would prefer are anesthesiology or pediatrics; however, I am open to IM or FM if those are much more likely to work out.
Thank you so much for any help/advice you can give!