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What is an extern?

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TheRock

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I have a friend who just graduated and said he is doing an extern at some medical center. I've never heard of this... I thought an extern was something MD's do during their rotation years and not for undergrads... does anyone know of what an extern is?

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At the Children's Hosptial of Philadelphia, externs are the exact same thing as Sub-Interns (e.g. MS4's taking on the role of an intern).
 

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at my college, an extern is someone who is shadowing someone else....so when you shadow a doctor for a week, it's called doing an externship.


hey- i'm at CHOP, too....though i'm just a research assistant.
 
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