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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers2019-02-11T04:26:14-07:00
6 Payment Plan Options2019-12-06T12:07:06-07:00

AmeriClerkships accepts checks, direct electronic funds transfer and all major credit cards.* In addition, members may benefit from the following SIX convenient payment plans (or a CUSTOM plan) that we have established as financial assistance for you below:**

Option One

2 payment plan, no fees, min. 4 weeks

Payment #1: 25% of clinical cost, due on day of first invoice

Payment #2: Avoid fees* and pay balance in full within 7 days of first payment

Option Two

2 payment plan, 6% installment fee, min. 4 weeks, excludes FASTart 1

Payment #1: 25% of clinical cost, due on day of first invoice

Payment #2: Remaining 75% balance paid in full within 21 days of first invoice

Option Three

3 payment plan, 8% installment fee, min 8 weeks, excludes FASTart 1

Payment #1: 25% of clinical cost, due on day of first invoice

Payment #2: 37.5% of remaining balance paid within 21 days of first invoice

Payment #3: 37.5% of remaining balance paid within 35 days of first invoice

Option Four

4 payment plan, 10% installment fee, min 16 weeks, excludes FASTart 1

Payment #1: 25% of clinical cost, due on day of first invoice

Payment #2: 25% of remaining balance paid within 21 days of first invoice

Payment #3: 25% of remaining balance paid within 35 days of first invoice

Payment #4: 25% of remaining balance paid within 7 days of start of clinical block #1

Option Five

Block by Block, 12% installment fee, excludes FASTart 1

Pay for each upcoming clinical block-by-clinical block, so long as the payment for that clinical block is made by no later than 2 weeks prior to the minimum number of days required for processing. So if the minimum processing time for a particular clinical block is 7 days, payment will be due 3 weeks prior to estimated start date; if minimum processing time is 84 days (12 weeks), payment will be due 14 weeks prior to estimated start date. The benefits of this option is that the start date will be reserved for you, so no one else can take your start date. To qualify for this Option Five, a 25% deposit + all installment and/or other non-clinical fees must be paid at the time of initial enrollment.

Custom

Variable duration and fees, min. 4 weeks

Scenarios #1: Requiring a Letter of Enrollment: Members requiring supporting documents evidencing tentative enrollment into AMS and specific clinical sites are considered “Conditionally Enrolled”. We will help you select the clinical sites which will best suit your situation, and established two dates up-front: 1) Initial Enrollment Date (1st payment of Membership fee + $1000 deposit*** + all applicable courier service fees), and 2) Balance Due Date (typically 7 days after an official decision making date i.e. visa interview, or meeting with a school official). A ‘Conditional Letter of Enrollment’ is typically generated within 30 days of Initial Enrollment Date. A full ‘Letter of Enrollment’ (word ‘Conditional’ removed) is issued if already Fully Enrolled Certified (FEC) with AmeriClerkships. To avoid late fees and preserve the integrity of selected clinical blocks, any balances owed must be paid on/before Balance Due Date.

Scenario #2: Price protection against rapidly increasing clinical site fees on ‘Limited Availability’ clinical features such as VERIFIED: International medical students typically sign up to complete their entire final year clerkships up to 2 years ahead of time with AmeriClerkships mainly for 3 reasons: 1) Lock in your clinical selections without having to worry about fee hikes (i.e. since June 2016, the weekly fees of nearly 50% of clinical sites have increased by 100% or more mainly due to U.S. medical schools now paying up for clerkships), and 2) Financial incentives offered by AmeriClerkships, and 3) Compliance with certain U.S. medical residency requirements & hard-set timelines (i.e. having 4 strong and recent U.S. Letters of Recommendation from 4 to 6 months of recent U.S. clinical clerkships uploaded and approved by ECFMG by no later than September 15th of the year prior to residency start). We will help you select the clinical sites which will best suit your situation, and established two dates up-front: 1) Initial Enrollment Date (1st payment of Membership + 10% of total invoice amount), and 2) Balance Due Date (depends on your specific payment plan arrangement).

* A fee of $39/month will be assessed for all late payments.

** Please speak with your Residency Enrollment Strategist for a customized payment structure if you enroll less than 35 days before the start date of Clinical Block 1.

*** Please note that cancellations may be costly, and are highly discouraged. $1000 deposit in Scenario #1 is only refundable if supported by an official U.S. visa or applicable institutional rejection letter). Please review the AmeriClerkships Legal Notices, paying particular attention to the “General Policies for Changes & Cancellations” for more details.

Can I become an AmeriClerkships Member without enrolling in clinicals?2019-04-06T08:18:19-07:00

Yes you can! Although highly recommended to gain U.S. clinical experiences in at least 4 AmeriClerkships affiliated Clinical Site, you do not need to co-enroll in our U.S. clinicals in order to become an AmeriClerkships Member. Common reasons for Membership Only enrollments: active students who are obtaining their required U.S. clinical rotations through their schools; pre-meds who are unsure of their future career plans; medical graduates need to strategize the best approach to their residency-prep and entry after speaking with Dr. Mizani; inability to leave their state of residence where medical graduates without U.S. medical residency are not permitted to have any patient contact, OR inability to leave work where their employer sponsors their visa, but they still want to do everything possible on paper and in-person during residency interviews despite these limitations.

Does AmeriClerkships work with my sponsoring institution (or government)?2019-02-04T15:18:02-07:00

Please contact accounting@acmedical.org to confirm a working relationship with your sponsoring institution, make financial arrangements and provide you with a clearance.

Does my visa for research allow me to do rotations?2019-02-04T15:26:47-07:00

It depends on the type of visa you have, what type of ‘rotation’, what type of ‘research’ and if on a J1 for research, then will your ’employer’ (the institution who sponsored your J1 visa for research) will provide you with enough uninterrupted time so that you can obtain US clinical experience while also working at that facility. If you are in the United States on an F1 (i.e. for learning English language, or USMLE studies), then it may not be legal for you to also engage in a for-credit type clinical clerkship or elective.

Does my visa status allow me access into the United States for rotations?2019-02-04T15:27:18-07:00

Each visa status carries a different set of requirements; if you are unsure of your status and ability to come to the United States, the best and only way to be 100% confident is to consult an immigration attorney.

Express Membership2020-01-22T14:43:38-07:00

Express is our entry level membership designed to provide access to all of AmeriClerkships affiliated clinical sites to individuals who feel like they do not need any additional medical career or residency entry guidance and document review and revision. An Express Membership does NOT provide any other residency entry support or benefits. Your benefits for Express Membership includes:

You are now covered and protected by the AmeriClerkships $1/3 million umbrella policy when schedule your next clinical experience with AmeriClerkships at any of its affiliated clinical sites nationwide. Policy begins on the first day of your membership (payment date), and ends 364 days later. This means that you will not have to pay any other insurance premiums regardless of how often you enroll in clinicals over the next year.

Designed to provide access to expert advice at no additional charge, Dr. Mizani works directly with AmeriClerkships Members during his weekly online office hours for personalized strategies in small semi-private groups. Register here whenever you want to utilize this single-use service and get strategy advice from Dr. Mizani, and if you like it, think about upgrading to Match Certified or SOAP Certified Membership.

Get $100 credit for becoming FEC in 7 days2020-01-21T14:39:15-07:00

Don’t waste any time becoming FEC: complete the 4 phases below within 7 days of your initial payment for memberships and clinicals, and we will issue you a $100 AmeriClerkships credit which can be applied to your balance due, or most AmeriClerkships products & services (see your Enrollment Agreement for details).

Did you become FEC in 7? Click here to start a support case, and select “My $100 credit for becoming FEC in 7 days” under ‘This case is about’.

How can AmeriClerkships help me secure a U.S. visa?2019-02-04T15:28:02-07:00

While AmeriClerkships does not sponsor visas, our company can issue a document called a Letter of Enrollment to present during a vista interview. This document will outline the nature of the clinical rotations you will be completing through our company, detailing items like the location, start and end dates, addresses and other qualifying information. This will serves as proof of your enrollment and can assist with showing the reason for your visit to the United States. This Letter of Enrollment does not contain any legal advice and any AMS Member who has any legal questions or who desires legal advice should contact a qualified attorney.

How do I become an AmeriClerkships Member?2019-02-04T15:23:17-07:00

Click to join the global community of over 4,000 pre-meds, medical students & graduates from 250 medical schools (from both US and abroad), united by a commitment to Match into U.S. medical residencies. Our membership benefits will help you prevent catastrophic setbacks when applying to U.S. medical residencies.

Otherwise click the  icon for live chat or contact us and ask any questions.

How do I search for U.S. clinicals while a Member?2019-02-04T15:18:31-07:00

If you decide to co-enroll in clinicals during your active AmeriClerkships Membership, you may begin by visiting MyClinicals: ‘The World’s Largest Booking Site for U.S. Clinical Clerkships”. Note that some clinical sites and hospitals may require up to 90 days to process and approve you, so please plan accordingly.

Is Fully Enrolled Certified (FEC) the same as Fully Enrolled & Credentialed (FEC)?2019-02-04T11:46:10-07:00

Yes it is. We only changed ‘Certified’ to ‘Credentialed’ so members can relate to the process easier.

Letter of Enrollment: How do I obtain a Letter of Enrollment?2019-02-04T15:27:43-07:00

Members that are Fully Enrolled Certified no later than four days prior to their earliest “Estimated Start Date” are eligible for a Letter of Enrollment. LOEs are issued on AMS letterhead and are intended for the sole purpose of establishing the services provided to a member by AMS. LOE is not intended to provide any legal advice or to provide warranties or guarantees of any kind – neither implied nor in writing – regarding anything beyond the scope of their enrollment agreement and the products and services, which a member has paid for and enrolled in. Issuance of LOE may be delayed (or, rarely, declined) at the discretion of AMS; factors which may cause delays include missing required documents for enrolled clinicals, not being in financial good standing, and performance or behavioral issues. Usage of an LOE will not guarantee anyone entrance into the United States. AMS is not an educational entity therefore its LOE are not meant to be used for securing visas, credits, or to show that AMS is sponsoring a member’s stay in the U.S. If AMS has agreed to facilitate the issuance of an LOE on a supervising physician’s clinic letterhead and signed by that same physician, it will do so using a standard, non-revisable language template for the type of Clinical block a member has enrolled in. However, securing an LOE on clinic letterhead is quite time consuming. It may take AMS up to 3 days prior to a member’s scheduled start date to secure this LOE (but typically much sooner). A supervising physician has the right to change his/her mind for signing an LOE on his/her clinic letterhead at any time. Furthermore, member must agree that AMS or the supervising physician’s inability to provide an LOE on that supervisor’s letterhead may not be used as the basis for cancellation or switching of a clinical site, and in such event, member agrees to the standard protocol of using an LOE on AMS letterhead instead.

Letter of Enrollment: I’m a medical student, do I need a Letter of Enrollment or a Letter of Good Standing from my school for my rotations?2019-02-04T15:26:29-07:00

The answer is; it depends, both on your vista status and the type of experience you are completing in the United States.

For example, a for-credit rotation (the categories of which are defined here) allows students to have expanded responsibilities with their school’s guidance, which must be reflected in the Letter of Enrollment (LOE) and the conversation during your border crossing. For-credit clinicals have a more limited inventory, are offered in fewer states than “Not for Credit”, are under more strict supervisory policies by the U.S. Department of State, and various medical boards (since a for-credit clinical elective may involve the student practicing to be a doctor, also known as practicing limited medicine without a license). Visiting students signing up for this type of rotation should ask for a letter of sponsorship from their medical school documenting as much details and their approval of all clinical elective(s) taking place in the United States, and that they are in good standing with that medical school.

For rotations that are not for credit, it means that your medical school has no involvement in this rotation as this is not a part of your curriculum, is being done during your vacation time (not during the regular semester) and thus is categorized as a volunteer activity. In this type of rotation, you must not portray yourself as a medical student doing for-credit clinicals (i.e. introducing yourself as a 3rd or 4th or 5th year medical student, or sharing your diagnostic opinions, etc.) Not for credit type of CB is not work, unpaid, and will not go on your transcript, therefore most state medical boards do not govern this type of experience, and do not care if your medical school is approved in that state. This also means you are coming to the U.S. to watch medicine be practiced (and not be the one who practices medicine, such as limited practice by medical students from properly processed and pre-approved medical students in for-credit clinicals), therefore categorized by the Department of State (U.S. border control and embassies) as observational. If this is the type of clinical rotations you are signed up for, then make sure that you do not confuse the border patrol officers by telling them you are coming to do clinical electives, as that would be a misrepresentation of your medical school’s involvement.

You are required to immediately disclose the for-credit or not-for-credit status of clinical rotations with AmeriClerkships prior to enrollment, by way of completing the AmeriClerkships Clinical Authorization Letter.

Letter of Enrollment: What happens if my visa is denied even with the Letter of Enrollment?2019-02-04T15:27:30-07:00

In that case, members can eligible for a partial refund. Our policy is as follows:

Member is solely responsible for securing a visa for entry into the U.S. However in the case that a Member is unable to secure a visa, AMS may be able to evaluate for partial refund based on the “Cancellation Policy for Conditionally Enrolled Members Needing a Letter of Enrollment (such as those needing a US visa or requiring sponsoring institution or school approval)” below. An uncertain, pending or expiring U.S. immigration status will trigger AMS to push all pending or affected Clinical Block(s) to the end of Member’s Membership period. AMS Member will be responsible for all rescheduling fees, including possible renewal of an AMS membership, and Member acknowledges that he/she may not be entitled to any credit for any scheduled but incomplete Clinical Blocks.

Credit and/or Refund for U.S. Visa or Entry Rejection: In most cases, Members who are initially rejected U.S. visa or U.S. entry may be granted U.S. visa or U.S. entry after consulting with an immigration attorney and making appropriate adjustments (over a reasonable timeframe) to what may have caused their initial rejection in the first place (i.e. unemployment, lack of residence in a foreign country with no intention of abandoning, missing documents, unintentional misrepresentation of reason for U.S. entry at the border, etc.); however in certain unfortunate cases, subsequent attempts at U.S. visa or entry may continue to be unsuccessful. Therefore the Member agrees to the following remedies: 1) After the FIRST (1st) ‘U.S. visa rejection’, or ANY ‘U.S. border entry denial’: Member may opt for ‘AMS Credit on File’ for payments made towards AMS products and Membership benefits not yet started, minus 10% Processing Fee and any other applicable change fees, valid or transferable for up to 3 years (please read ‘Financial Credits Issued by AMS (Credit on File)‘ below), OR 2) After the SECOND (2nd) ‘U.S. visa rejection’: Member may qualify for a FULL REFUND of the monies paid by the Member for the AMS products and Membership benefits not yet started, minus $149 processing fee, in the original form of payment. To take advantage of any of the above 3 options, Member agrees to create a case at acmedical.org/support and upload the applicable supporting documents (i.e. U.S. Department of State or U.S. Consulate issued visa denial/rejection letter(s) AND “Appointment Confirmation(s)” for each individual visa rejection, OR proof of U.S. entry denial at the U.S. border). It is up to the Member to prove that the U.S. visa rejections and/or entry denial(s) occurred after the date of Member’s made any payments towards the products and Membership benefits not yet started. Attendance in the AMS online “U.S. Clinical Experience Orientation” (which explains the scope of Member’s U.S. clinical experience), and acknowledgment of receipt of the official AMS LOE are required for any credit or refund considerations. Although much quicker, processing may take 30 to 90 days to complete, depending on the complexity of a case.

Letter of Enrollment: What is the minimum requirement to get my Letter of Enrollment?2019-02-04T11:46:11-07:00

Only when you become FEC can AmeriClerkships attest that you meet all qualifications to start your clinicals. Therefore you must submit and receive approval for every document required in order for AmeriClerkships to issue your Letter of Enrollment (LOE).

Letter of Enrollment: Why does your Letter of Enrollment say observership? I want hands-on experiences before residency.2019-02-04T15:27:05-07:00

There is NOT a unified definition for the terms US clinical observership or hands-on or externship or rotations or green-book, as each industry or organization defines it to cater to their own needs. Most hospitals define observership as you not coming in contact with patients (i.e. examining), but they may allow speaking with patients (i.e. taking a history on your own stationary). Some hospitals who only allow observerships, may offer read-only access to their EMR systems, but that can vary. The same goes for the term ‘hands-on’ since that implies the actual practice of medicine by state medical boards, but to most medical students and graduates it simply means the ability to take histories and assist with exams. For the purposes of crossing the US border only, we use the term ‘observational’ to describe your clinical rotations.

Loyalty Membership2020-03-25T13:23:45-07:00

Our Loyalty Membership is designed to give you access to critical AmeriClerkships membership benefits for the 2021 Match. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many future applicants may not have the resources needed to optimize their Match chances. This free membership fixes that, while still providing essential services to ensure you know exactly how prepared you are for Match 2021.

Please expand each section below to learn how to utlize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “AmeriClerkships Loyalty Membership Instructions” email.

You are now covered and protected by the AmeriClerkships $1/3 million umbrella policy when scheduled to rotate with any of our attending physicians. Policy begins on the first day of your membership (payment date), and ends on 365 days later.

Meet your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of your membership benefits steps, as well as FEC requirements (if you signed up for rotations) with you, live online. Note that orientations is mandatory only if you are completing clinical rotations, but we highly recommend all members to attend to have a full understanding of your benefits before utilizing them. Please register here.

Email Q/A can be missed, hence highly discouraged. Also for quality control, all residency-related questions must be addressed during Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours. Please prepare your list of questions, and register for one of Dr. Mizani’s upcoming webinars:

  1. Please visit https://www.acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours: General Residency-prep)

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Letters of Recommendation Analyis (LOR)” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze them during your private consult and specialized office hours based on a proven rubric that will ensure their accuracy and applicability for your specific application needs. Click here to register for the Document Analyisis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Medical Student Performance Evaluation + Transcript Analysis” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze the collection of documents ONCE based on a proven rubric that will determine the need for changes by your medical school for your specific application needs. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analyisis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

We will work with you towards editing your personal statement so that it highlights your strengths and will help propel you to to the top of the applicant pool.

  1. Start by uploading your current Personal Statement to your Document Upload Portal under the “Personal Statement Analysis & Editing” slot, then attending one of our upcoming Career Development Office Hours by registering here.
  2. During this meeting, our writing team will review your existing personal statement and provide targetted feedback and editing in the time allotted during the session. We will continue to review and edit the document in subsequent webinars until both our writing team and you feel happy with our final product.

FAQ:

  1. I need additional personal statements for other specialties.
    • Applying to PGY1 preliminaries/Transitional programs and PGY2 specialties (via ERAS or SF Match) requires multiple personal statements to address every stage of your application cycle. Please attend a Career Development Office Hour to confirm the number of personal statements needed for your particular application.
  2. Can you draft a personal statement for me?
    • Yes, we do offer a Personal Statement Drafting On-Demand service, however we do not believe in generic personal statements. This is a private session that involes going over a complete Personal Statement Worksheet completed by you to base a draft off of. Contract your Residency Consultant for more details!

Please note that we will only review a completed application. After you watch the 2020 Main Match Residency Application Tips & Advice video, complete your application on MyERAS and (prior to certifying it), upload it using your Document Upload Portal so that we may provide you with suggestions for edits. Here are the steps to both your initial edits with the Career Development team, as well as final edits with Dr. Mizani.

  1. For your initial review & revision:
    1. Log into your MyERAS
    2. Click Dashboard
    3. Click “View/Print Application” on bottom left of “Application” column
    4. Save as PDF
    5. Visit your Document Upload Portal, and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Analysis & Editing” slot
    6. Click “Upload Files”
    7. We will then share our comments using Google Docs to your Gmail address on file (if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one).
  2. Final “First Impression” Analysis by Dr. Mizani
    1. Log into My ERAS
    2. Implement the changes provided by our Career Development team, then save your work (DO NOT CERTIFY THE APPLICATION AND LOCK IT FOR EDITS)
    3. Click Dashboard
    4. Click “View/Print CV” on bottom left of “Application” column
    5. Save as PDF
    6. Visit your Document Upload Portal and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Analysis & Editing” slot again
    7. Click “Upload Files”
    8. Register for Dr. Mizani’s Office Hour to go over the document with Dr. Mizani.

FAQ

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Why can’t you review my CV?
    1. A personal CV, as well as the CV version of your application generated by ERAS, leave off important details that will be transmitted to programs, such as your biographical information and contact information. Nuances in this process can be missed, and failing to communicate effectively in this stage can set your application back. Our team will privately review this information and ensure typos and common misunderstandings don’t impact your chances.
  3. What if I am not applying to the NRMP Match?
    1. We can review a single residency application, so if yours is not for the NRMP Match, please attend the Career Development Office Hour to ensure your document can be reviewed.

Get priority registration to both public webinars and our rotating members-only webinars by registering through our portal. Click here to see our selections.

Visit here, and find additional resources and benefits, such as access Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, Match Pre-Application Checklist, Protecting International Medical Students, and much more. The password to access members-only resources is contained in your “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

Match Certified Membership2020-02-03T13:40:48-07:00

Our Match Certified Membership is the benchmark membership for AmeriClerkships. It contains an afforable, complete and in-depth set of benefits designed to prepare our members for residency and beyond. Please expand each section below to learn how to utlize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

You are now covered and protected by the AmeriClerkships $1/3 million umbrella policy when scheduled to rotate with any of our attending physicians. Policy begins on the first day of your membership (payment date), and ends on 365 days later.

Meet your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of your membership benefits steps, as well as FEC requirements (if you signed up for rotations) with you, live online. Note that orientations is mandatory only if you are completing clinical rotations, but we highly recommend all members to attend to have a full understanding of your benefits before utilizing them. Please register here.

Email Q/A can be missed, hence highly discouraged. Also for quality control, all residency-related questions must be addressed during Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours. Please prepare your list of questions, and register for one of Dr. Mizani’s upcoming webinars:

  1. Please visit https://www.acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours: General Residency-prep)

Based on your answers to key questions, we will work with you to create a first-rate personal statement, one that highlights your strengths and will help propel you to to the top of the applicant pool. Please fill out the personal statement worksheet here. (By filling out the worksheet, you will guarantee your place in line for review):

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirming your responses to worksheet questions. This confirms that we have received your responses and are reviewing it. Please avoid sending follow up emails asking if we have received your responses after you receive the email entitled “Your Responses to Personal Statement Worksheet”
  2. Need help with your worksheet answers? Please attend one of our upcoming Career Development Office Hours by registering here.

FAQ:

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Will AmeriClerkships revise my existing personal statement?
    • We would rather create an original document from your answers to our Personal Statement Worksheet. You may upload your original personal statement using your Document Upload Portal, but we will only use it as reference.
  3. I need additional personal statements for other specialties.
    • Applying to PGY1 preliminaries/Transitional programs and PGY2 specialties (via ERAS or SF Match) requires multiple personal statements to address every stage of your application cycle. Please attend a Career Development Office Hour to confirm the number of personal statements needed for your particular application.

Please note that we will only review a completed application. After you watch the 2020 Main Match Residency Application Tips & Advice video, complete your application on MyERAS and (prior to certifying it), upload it using your Document Upload Portal so that we may provide you with suggestions for edits. Here are the steps to both your initial edits with the Career Development team, as well as final edits with Dr. Mizani.

  1. For your initial review & revision:
    1. Log into your MyERAS
    2. Click Dashboard
    3. Click “View/Print Application” on bottom left of “Application” column
    4. Save as PDF
    5. Visit your Document Upload Portal, and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot
    6. Click “Upload Files”
    7. We will then share our comments using Google Docs to your Gmail address on file (if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one).
  2. Final “First Impression” Analysis by Dr. Mizani
    1. Log into My ERAS
    2. Implement the changes provided by our Career Development team, then save your work (DO NOT CERTIFY THE APPLICATION AND LOCK IT FOR EDITS)
    3. Click Dashboard
    4. Click “View/Print CV” on bottom left of “Application” column
    5. Save as PDF
    6. Visit your Document Upload Portal and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot again
    7. Click “Upload Files”
    8. Dr. Mizani will share comments with you by email.

FAQ

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Why can’t you review my CV?
    1. A personal CV, as well as the CV version of your application generated by ERAS, leave off important details that will be transmitted to programs, such as your biographical information and contact information. Nuances in this process can be missed, and failing to communicate effectively in this stage can set your application back. Our team will privately review this information and ensure typos and common misunderstandings don’t impact your chances.
  3. What if I am not applying to the NRMP Match?
    1. We can review a single residency application, so if yours is not for the NRMP Match, please attend the Career Development Office Hour to ensure your document can be reviewed.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Letters of Recommendation Analyis (LOR)” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze them during your private consult and specialized office hours based on a proven rubric that will ensure their accuracy and applicability for your specific application needs. Click here to register for the Document Analyisis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Medical Student Performance Evaluation + Transcript Analysis” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze the collection of documents ONCE based on a proven rubric that will determine the need for changes by your medical school for your specific application needs. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analyisis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

A benefit of certain memberships, and requirement for FEC (if you have clinical rotations) includes speaking privately with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of Matching into US medical residency. He will discuss your personal circumstances, the best way to perform during your rotations, how to secure letters of recommendation, best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Click here to register (this fulfils your FEC requirements, attendence can come during or after your rotation).

Get priority registration to both public webinars and our rotating members-only webinars by registering through our portal. Click here to see our selections.

Visit here, and find additional resources and benefits, such as access Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, Match Pre-Application Checklist, Protecting International Medical Students, and much more. The password to access members-only resources is contained in your “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

Meet the Team2020-02-14T11:37:55-07:00

Get to know your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of the required steps below to ensure that all of your questions are answered. Pick the time that works best for you before proceeding with the next steps. This orientations is required before you start your rotations!

Register here!
Required Documents & becoming Fully Enrolled & Credentialed (FEC)2019-02-04T15:26:00-07:00

Becoming Fully Enrolled & Credentialed (FEC) is a prerequisite for participation in AmeriClerkships clinicals. The time required to complete this process depends on minimum time required by hospitals for processing (varies from 1 to 90 days), and how rapidly you complete the FOUR phases to becoming FEC:

  1. Required Documents #1: Digitally Upload (documents that can be uploaded as is)
  2. Required Documents #2: Officially Notarize by Notarycam.com (documents which have a much greater legal significance, so must be verified and submitted by an authorized 3rd party)
  3. Required Documents #3: Possible Additional Requirements (typically required in order to meet hospital requirements so that you can be processed and be able to legally enter their facilities)
  4. Required Documents #4: Orientations & Quizzes (done online)

Learn about each by selecting a drop down below.

Required Documents: Disclaimer2020-01-21T14:38:41-07:00

Members are responsible for ALL costs associated with securing and submitting ALL of the above required documents. All documents are required for Full Enrollment Certification (FEC) and must be submitted and approved no later than 14 days before your scheduled start date. Late document submission will incur additional fees, including a $199 FASTart1 expedited processing fee. Your supervising attending physician may have you accompany him/her to healthcare facilities that AmeriClerkships is unaware of. Please note that all U.S. healthcare facilities (i.e. hospitals, emergency rooms, surgical centers, clinics, etc.) are regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hence unauthorized entry into such facilities may be deemed as a violation of HIPAA, carry civil penalties, be prosecutable as trespassing by such facilities, and a violation of the AmeriClerkships “ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY” (explained in your Enrollment Agreement). Therefore for everyone’s protection (including yours), AmeriClerkships members may only enter healthcare facilities that they have been expressly authorized to enter (documented in the FINAL CONFIRMATION email which is sent to members prior to the start of each clinical block). Approval by AmeriClerkships does not guarantee clearance by the U.S. Border Control or any other U.S. government agency.

Residency Re-Entry2020-02-03T13:52:54-07:00

Our Residency Re-entry Membership focuses on creating a unique plan of action to overcome past challenges in residency and apply again with each possible red flag addressed. As a result, this membership has a heavy focus on private consultation services as well as office hour time with our Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Mizani, as well as supplementary document review services for your next application to residency.

Please expand each section below to learn how to utlize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “AmeriClerkships Re-Entry Membership Benefits” email.

Email Q/A can be missed, hence highly discouraged. Also for quality control, all residency-related questions must be addressed during Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours. Please prepare your list of questions, and register for one of Dr. Mizani’s upcoming webinars:

  1. Please visit https://www.acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours: General Residency-prep)

Meet your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of your membership benefits steps, as well as FEC requirements (if you signed up for rotations) with you, live online. Note that orientations is mandatory only if you are completing clinical rotations, but we highly recommend all members to attend to have a full understanding of your benefits before utilizing them. Please register here.

Based on your answers to key questions, we will work with you to create a first-rate personal statement, one that highlights your strengths and will help propel you to to the top of the applicant pool. Please fill out the personal statement worksheet here. (By filling out the worksheet, you will guarantee your place in line for review):

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirming your responses to worksheet questions. This confirms that we have received your responses and are reviewing it. Please avoid sending follow up emails asking if we have received your responses after you receive the email entitled “Your Responses to Personal Statement Worksheet”
  2. Need help with your worksheet answers? Please attend one of our upcoming Career Development Office Hours by registering here.

FAQ:

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Will AmeriClerkships revise my existing personal statement?
    • We would rather create an original document from your answers to our Personal Statement Worksheet. You may upload your original personal statement using your Document Upload Portal, but we will only use it as reference.
  3. I need additional personal statements for other specialties.
    • Applying to PGY1 preliminaries/Transitional programs and PGY2 specialties (via ERAS or SF Match) requires multiple personal statements to address every stage of your application cycle. Please attend a Career Development Office Hour to confirm the number of personal statements needed for your particular application.

Please note that we will only review a completed application. After you watch the 2020 Main Match Residency Application Tips & Advice video, complete your application on MyERAS and (prior to certifying it), upload it using your Document Upload Portal so that we may provide you with suggestions for edits. Here are the steps to both your initial edits with the Career Development team, as well as final edits with Dr. Mizani.

  1. For your initial review & revision:
    1. Log into your MyERAS
    2. Click Dashboard
    3. Click “View/Print Application” on bottom left of “Application” column
    4. Save as PDF
    5. Visit your Document Upload Portal, and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot
    6. Click “Upload Files”
    7. We will then share our comments using Google Docs to your Gmail address on file (if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one).
  2. Final “First Impression” Analysis by Dr. Mizani
    1. Log into My ERAS
    2. Implement the changes provided by our Career Development team, then save your work (DO NOT CERTIFY THE APPLICATION AND LOCK IT FOR EDITS)
    3. Click Dashboard
    4. Click “View/Print CV” on bottom left of “Application” column
    5. Save as PDF
    6. Visit your Document Upload Portal and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot again
    7. Click “Upload Files”
    8. Dr. Mizani will share comments with you by email.

FAQ

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Why can’t you review my CV?
    1. A personal CV, as well as the CV version of your application generated by ERAS, leave off important details that will be transmitted to programs, such as your biographical information and contact information. Nuances in this process can be missed, and failing to communicate effectively in this stage can set your application back. Our team will privately review this information and ensure typos and common misunderstandings don’t impact your chances.
  3. What if I am not applying to the NRMP Match?
    1. We can review a single residency application, so if yours is not for the NRMP Match, please attend the Career Development Office Hour to ensure your document can be reviewed.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Letters of Recommendation Analyis (LOR)” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze them during your private consult and specialized office hours based on a proven rubric that will ensure their accuracy and applicability for your specific application needs. Click here to register for the Document Analyisis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Medical Student Performance Evaluation + Transcript Analysis” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze the collection of documents ONCE based on a proven rubric that will determine the need for changes by your medical school for your specific application needs. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analyisis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

A benefit of certain memberships, and requirement for FEC, includes speaking privately with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of Matching into US medical residency. He will discuss your personal re-entry circumstances, the best way to navigate communication with your previous program, how to secure letters of recommendation, best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Click here to register for your first Re-Entry session (scheduling fulfills your FEC requirement if you are also completing clinical rotations).

One of the first questions asked of re-entry candidates is “What happened?”. The answer to this question can make or break an interview, so having the facts of a probabtion or termination, as well as solutions to the problems that led to them, is essential. Dr. Mizani will conduct a review and analyis of all relevant documents to ensure that weaknesses are identified and addressed during the re-entry process. Upload all these documents directly to your Document Upload Portal under the “Termination Letter Review” slot and meet with Dr. Mizani in his next office hour or private consultation to discuss it.

Visit here, and find additional resources and benefits, such as access Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, Match Pre-Application Checklist, Protecting International Medical Students, and much more. The password to access members-only resources is contained in your “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

Residency Re-entry PD Complete Membership2020-02-03T13:55:31-07:00

Our Residency Re-entry Complete Membership focuses on creating a unique plan of action to overcome past challenges in residency and apply again with each possible red flag addressed. As a result, this membership has a heavy focus on private consultation services as well as office hour time with our Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Mizani, as well as supplementary document review services for your next application to residency. All of these steps are desgined to optimize the time you spend in high-value Postgraduate Subinternship rotations for the purpose of boosting your residency chances at our affiliated hospitals and in the general Match.

Please expand each section below to learn how to utlize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “Residency Re-entry PD Complete Membership” email.

You are now covered and protected by the AmeriClerkships $1/3 million umbrella policy when scheduled to rotate with any of our attending physicians. Policy begins on the first day of your membership (payment date), and ends on 365 days later.

Meet your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of your membership benefits steps, as well as FEC requirements (if you signed up for rotations) with you, live online. Note that orientations is mandatory only if you are completing clinical rotations, but we highly recommend all members to attend to have a full understanding of your benefits before utilizing them. Please register here.

Email Q/A can be missed, hence highly discouraged. Also for quality control, all residency-related questions must be addressed during Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours. Please prepare your list of questions, and register for one of Dr. Mizani’s upcoming webinars:

  1. Please visit https://www.acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours: General Residency-prep)

Based on your answers to key questions, we will work with you to create a first-rate personal statement, one that highlights your strengths and will help propel you to to the top of the applicant pool. Please fill out the personal statement worksheet here. (By filling out the worksheet, you will guarantee your place in line for review):

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirming your responses to worksheet questions. This confirms that we have received your responses and are reviewing it. Please avoid sending follow up emails asking if we have received your responses after you receive the email entitled “Your Responses to Personal Statement Worksheet”
  2. Need help with your worksheet answers? Please attend one of our upcoming Career Development Office Hours by registering here.

FAQ:

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Will AmeriClerkships revise my existing personal statement?
    • We would rather create an original document from your answers to our Personal Statement Worksheet. You may upload your original personal statement using your Document Upload Portal, but we will only use it as reference.
  3. I need additional personal statements for other specialties.
    • Applying to PGY1 preliminaries/Transitional programs and PGY2 specialties (via ERAS or SF Match) requires multiple personal statements to address every stage of your application cycle. Please attend a Career Development Office Hour to confirm the number of personal statements needed for your particular application.

Please note that we will only review a completed application. After you watch the 2020 Main Match Residency Application Tips & Advice video, complete your application on MyERAS and (prior to certifying it), upload it using your Document Upload Portal so that we may provide you with suggestions for edits. Here are the steps to both your initial edits with the Career Development team, as well as final edits with Dr. Mizani.

  1. For your initial review & revision:
    1. Log into your MyERAS
    2. Click Dashboard
    3. Click “View/Print Application” on bottom left of “Application” column
    4. Save as PDF
    5. Visit your Document Upload Portal, and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot
    6. Click “Upload Files”
    7. We will then share our comments using Google Docs to your Gmail address on file (if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one).
  2. Final “First Impression” Analysis by Dr. Mizani
    1. Log into My ERAS
    2. Implement the changes provided by our Career Development team, then save your work (DO NOT CERTIFY THE APPLICATION AND LOCK IT FOR EDITS)
    3. Click Dashboard
    4. Click “View/Print CV” on bottom left of “Application” column
    5. Save as PDF
    6. Visit your Document Upload Portal and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot again
    7. Click “Upload Files”
    8. Dr. Mizani will share comments with you by email.

FAQ

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Why can’t you review my CV?
    1. A personal CV, as well as the CV version of your application generated by ERAS, leave off important details that will be transmitted to programs, such as your biographical information and contact information. Nuances in this process can be missed, and failing to communicate effectively in this stage can set your application back. Our team will privately review this information and ensure typos and common misunderstandings don’t impact your chances.
  3. What if I am not applying to the NRMP Match?
    1. We can review a single residency application, so if yours is not for the NRMP Match, please attend the Career Development Office Hour to ensure your document can be reviewed.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Letters of Recommendation Analyis (LOR)” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze them during your private consult and specialized office hours based on a proven rubric that will ensure their accuracy and applicability for your specific application needs. Click here to register for the Document Analyisis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Medical Student Performance Evaluation + Transcript Analysis” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze the collection of documents ONCE based on a proven rubric that will determine the need for changes by your medical school for your specific application needs. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analyisis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

A benefit of certain memberships, and requirement for FEC, includes speaking privately with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of Matching into US medical residency. He will discuss your personal re-entry circumstances, the best way to navigate communication with your previous program, how to secure letters of recommendation, best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Click here to register for your first Re-Entry session (scheduling fulfills your FEC requirement if you are also completing clinical rotations).

One of the first questions asked of re-entry candidates is “What happened?”. The answer to this question can make or break an interview, so having the facts of a probabtion or termination, as well as solutions to the problems that led to them, is essential. Dr. Mizani will conduct a review and analyis of all relevant documents to ensure that weaknesses are identified and addressed during the re-entry process. Upload all these documents directly to your Document Upload Portal under the “Termination Letter Review” slot and meet with Dr. Mizani in his next office hour or private consultation to discuss it.

Visit here, and find additional resources and benefits, such as access Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, Match Pre-Application Checklist, Protecting International Medical Students, and much more. The password to access members-only resources is contained in your “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

Residency Re-entry PD Membership2020-02-03T13:54:21-07:00

Our Residency Re-entry Membership focuses on creating a unique plan of action to overcome past challenges in residency and apply again with each possible red flag addressed. As a result, this membership has a heavy focus on private consultation services as well as office hour time with our Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Mizani, as well as supplementary document review services for your next application to residency. It comes with the additional benefit of bring your former program director into the conversation as well, so no details or facts are left unexamined.

Please expand each section below to learn how to utlize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “AmeriClerkships Residency Re-entry PD Membership Benefits” email.

Email Q/A can be missed, hence highly discouraged. Also for quality control, all residency-related questions must be addressed during Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours. Please prepare your list of questions, and register for one of Dr. Mizani’s upcoming webinars:

  1. Please visit https://www.acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours: General Residency-prep)

Meet your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of your membership benefits steps, as well as FEC requirements (if you signed up for rotations) with you, live online. Note that orientations is mandatory only if you are completing clinical rotations, but we highly recommend all members to attend to have a full understanding of your benefits before utilizing them. Please register here.

Based on your answers to key questions, we will work with you to create a first-rate personal statement, one that highlights your strengths and will help propel you to to the top of the applicant pool. Please fill out the personal statement worksheet here. (By filling out the worksheet, you will guarantee your place in line for review):

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirming your responses to worksheet questions. This confirms that we have received your responses and are reviewing it. Please avoid sending follow up emails asking if we have received your responses after you receive the email entitled “Your Responses to Personal Statement Worksheet”
  2. Need help with your worksheet answers? Please attend one of our upcoming Career Development Office Hours by registering here.

FAQ:

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Will AmeriClerkships revise my existing personal statement?
    • We would rather create an original document from your answers to our Personal Statement Worksheet. You may upload your original personal statement using your Document Upload Portal, but we will only use it as reference.
  3. I need additional personal statements for other specialties.
    • Applying to PGY1 preliminaries/Transitional programs and PGY2 specialties (via ERAS or SF Match) requires multiple personal statements to address every stage of your application cycle. Please attend a Career Development Office Hour to confirm the number of personal statements needed for your particular application.

Please note that we will only review a completed application. After you watch the 2020 Main Match Residency Application Tips & Advice video, complete your application on MyERAS and (prior to certifying it), upload it using your Document Upload Portal so that we may provide you with suggestions for edits. Here are the steps to both your initial edits with the Career Development team, as well as final edits with Dr. Mizani.

  1. For your initial review & revision:
    1. Log into your MyERAS
    2. Click Dashboard
    3. Click “View/Print Application” on bottom left of “Application” column
    4. Save as PDF
    5. Visit your Document Upload Portal, and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot
    6. Click “Upload Files”
    7. We will then share our comments using Google Docs to your Gmail address on file (if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one).
  2. Final “First Impression” Analysis by Dr. Mizani
    1. Log into My ERAS
    2. Implement the changes provided by our Career Development team, then save your work (DO NOT CERTIFY THE APPLICATION AND LOCK IT FOR EDITS)
    3. Click Dashboard
    4. Click “View/Print CV” on bottom left of “Application” column
    5. Save as PDF
    6. Visit your Document Upload Portal and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot again
    7. Click “Upload Files”
    8. Dr. Mizani will share comments with you by email.

FAQ

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Why can’t you review my CV?
    1. A personal CV, as well as the CV version of your application generated by ERAS, leave off important details that will be transmitted to programs, such as your biographical information and contact information. Nuances in this process can be missed, and failing to communicate effectively in this stage can set your application back. Our team will privately review this information and ensure typos and common misunderstandings don’t impact your chances.
  3. What if I am not applying to the NRMP Match?
    1. We can review a single residency application, so if yours is not for the NRMP Match, please attend the Career Development Office Hour to ensure your document can be reviewed.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Letters of Recommendation Analyis (LOR)” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze them during your private consult and specialized office hours based on a proven rubric that will ensure their accuracy and applicability for your specific application needs. Click here to register for the Document Analyisis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Medical Student Performance Evaluation + Transcript Analysis” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze the collection of documents ONCE based on a proven rubric that will determine the need for changes by your medical school for your specific application needs. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analyisis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

A benefit of certain memberships, and requirement for FEC, includes speaking privately with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of Matching into US medical residency. He will discuss your personal re-entry circumstances, the best way to navigate communication with your previous program, how to secure letters of recommendation, best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Click here to register for your first Re-Entry session (scheduling fulfills your FEC requirement if you are also completing clinical rotations).

One of the first questions asked of re-entry candidates is “What happened?”. The answer to this question can make or break an interview, so having the facts of a probabtion or termination, as well as solutions to the problems that led to them, is essential. Dr. Mizani will conduct a review and analyis of all relevant documents to ensure that weaknesses are identified and addressed during the re-entry process. Upload all these documents directly to your Document Upload Portal under the “Termination Letter Review” slot and meet with Dr. Mizani in his next office hour or private consultation to discuss it.

On your behalf, Dr. Mizani will initate a discussion between your former Program Director to discuss his/her opinions about what occurred, your probations, milestones, residents vs. faculty evaluations, and much much more. The information gathered will serve as the basis for your remediation and clinical rehabilitation at AmeriClerkships affiliated clinical sites (including qualification for Postgraduate Subinternships). How Dr. Mizani should approach this discussion will be a topic during your first strategy session.

Visit here, and find additional resources and benefits, such as access Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, Match Pre-Application Checklist, Protecting International Medical Students, and much more. The password to access members-only resources is contained in your “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

SOAP Match Certified Membership2020-02-03T13:45:16-07:00

Our SOAP Match Certified Membership is the benchmark membership for AmeriClerkships, with additional SOAP-specific benefits to supplement your chances during SOAP week. It’s benefits are designed to prepare our members not only in the lead-up to SOAP and Match week, but even the next year with our SOAP Match Guarentee. Please expand each section below to learn how to utlize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “AmeriClerkships SOAP Match Certified ” benefits email (depending on your SOAP membership, this title may be slightly different).

You are now covered and protected by the AmeriClerkships $1/3 million umbrella policy when scheduled to rotate with any of our attending physicians. Policy begins on the first day of your membership (payment date), and ends on 365 days later.

Meet your AmeriClerkships Credentialing and Career Development representatives, who will discuss all of your membership benefits steps, as well as FEC requirements (if you signed up for rotations) with you, live online. Note that orientations is mandatory only if you are completing clinical rotations, but we highly recommend all members to attend to have a full understanding of your benefits before utilizing them. Please register here.

Email Q/A can be missed, hence highly discouraged. Also for quality control, all residency-related questions must be addressed during Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours. Please prepare your list of questions, and register for one of Dr. Mizani’s upcoming webinars:

  1. Please visit https://www.acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours: General Residency-prep)

Based on your answers to key questions, we will work with you to create a first-rate personal statement, one that highlights your strengths and will help propel you to to the top of the applicant pool. Please fill out the personal statement worksheet here (by filling out the worksheet, you will guarantee your place in line for review). You may do this for both of the specialities you plan on applying for during the Main Match or SOAP.

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirming your responses to worksheet questions. This confirms that we have received your responses and are reviewing it. Please avoid sending follow up emails asking if we have received your responses after you receive the email entitled “Your Responses to Personal Statement Worksheet”
  2. Need help with your worksheet answers? Please attend one of our upcoming Career Development Office Hours by registering here.

FAQ:

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Will AmeriClerkships revise my existing personal statement?
    • We would rather create an original document from your answers to our Personal Statement Worksheet. You may upload your original personal statement using your Document Upload Portal, but we will only use it as reference.
  3. I need additional personal statements for other specialties.
    • Applying to PGY1 preliminaries/Transitional programs and PGY2 specialties (via ERAS or SF Match) requires multiple personal statements to address every stage of your application cycle. Please attend a Career Development Office Hour to confirm the number of personal statements needed for your particular application.

Please note that we will only review a completed application. After you watch the 2020 Main Match Residency Application Tips & Advice video, complete your application on MyERAS and (prior to certifying it), upload it using your Document Upload Portal so that we may provide you with suggestions for edits. If you have NOT Certified your ERAS residency application and you are applying for SOAP, please review these resources and immediately contact our Career Development team to help you complete your application. Here are the steps to both your initial edits with the Career Development team, as well as final edits with Dr. Mizani.

  1. For your initial review & revision:
    1. Log into your MyERAS
    2. Click Dashboard
    3. Click “View/Print Application” on bottom left of “Application” column
    4. Save as PDF
    5. Visit your Document Upload Portal, and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot
    6. Click “Upload Files”
    7. We will then share our comments using Google Docs to your Gmail address on file (if you don’t have a Gmail account, you will be prompted to create one).
  2. Final “First Impression” Analysis by Dr. Mizani
    1. Log into My ERAS
    2. Implement the changes provided by our Career Development team, then save your work (DO NOT CERTIFY THE APPLICATION AND LOCK IT FOR EDITS)
    3. Click Dashboard
    4. Click “View/Print CV” on bottom left of “Application” column
    5. Save as PDF
    6. Visit your Document Upload Portal and upload the PDF to the “Residency Application Review & Revision (RARR)” slot again
    7. Click “Upload Files”
    8. Dr. Mizani will share comments with you by email.

FAQ

  1. How long does the review take?
    1. The service can take up to 30 days to complete, sometimes longer if our team sees significant areas that need to be addressed. Come to our Career Development Office Hour at any time to review your in-progress application and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. Why can’t you review my CV?
    1. A personal CV, as well as the CV version of your application generated by ERAS, leave off important details that will be transmitted to programs, such as your biographical information and contact information. Nuances in this process can be missed, and failing to communicate effectively in this stage can set your application back. Our team will privately review this information and ensure typos and common misunderstandings don’t impact your chances.
  3. What if I am not applying to the NRMP Match?
    1. We can review a single residency application, so if yours is not for the NRMP Match, please attend the Career Development Office Hour to ensure your document can be reviewed.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Letters of Recommendation Analyis (LOR)” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze them during your private consult and specialized office hours based on a proven rubric that will ensure their accuracy and applicability for your specific application needs. Click here to register for the Document Analyisis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Medical Student Performance Evaluation + Transcript Analysis” slot. Dr. Mizani will analyze the collection of documents ONCE based on a proven rubric that will determine the need for changes by your medical school for your specific application needs. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analyisis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

This SOAP-specific service is a requirement for FEC (if you have clinical rotations), and includes speaking privately with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of SOAP. He will discuss your personal circumstances, which specialities to focus on, how to secure letters of recommendation in those areas, the best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Click here to register (this fulfils your FEC requirements, attendence can come during or after your rotation).

Get priority registration to both public webinars, SOAP Week webinars, and our rotating members-only webinars by registering through our portal. Click here to see our selections.

Visit here, and find additional resources and benefits, such as access Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluation, Match Pre-Application Checklist, Protecting International Medical Students, and much more. The password to access members-only resources is contained in your “AmeriClerkships Match Certified Membership Benefits” email.

Step #1: Digitally Upload2020-04-01T09:50:09-07:00

In order to protect your security and properly process your required documents in the order in which they were received, we ask that you not email AMS with attachments. Instead, we ask that you upload your documents online using your personal AmeriClerkships Document Upload Portal (DUP; URL to DUP will be provided in an email “Subject: FEC Instructions & Required Documents” immediately following your Membership with AmeriClerkships).

The items below must be scanned and uploaded using your DUP:

Your Resume; this will also serve as your AmeriClerkships Application.

  1. Click here to understand the type of photo required by AmeriClerkships for your ID badge, OR
  2. Click here for affordable passport photos online with instant digital download.

Personal health insurance must be issued in the name of the individual enrolling with AmeriClerkships, and meet our minimum health insurance requirements. Please note that due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic, health insurance providers are changing their policies daily in response. You may either:

  1. Take a photo of the front and back of your valid U.S. health insurance card or policy, OR
  2. Get an instant quote and purchase travel insurance online:
    1. Non-US residence: Before choosing, ensure you read this FAQ from the state of New York, which is taking the lead on COVID-19 guidance before moving forward with any insurance. If you do find insurance, it should include: ‘Worldwide, including U.S.’, and at least a ‘$500,000 Maximum’)
    2. US residents: Click here, again while considering any COVID-19 limitations.
    3. Canadian Citizens: Prior to leaving Canada: Call (401) 773-9345; after leaving Canada: Call TIC (800) 465-4279

As of March 23rd, 2020, AmeriClerkships will only accept immunization titers for clinical rotations.

The following may be documented by your primary care physician, or on clinic or hospital letterhead:

1. Tetanus: single dose within last 10 years OR positive tetanus toxin antibody titers, AND

2. Hepatitis B: triple dose OR positive HBsAB titers, AND

3. Varicella: single/double dose OR positive varicella antibody titers OR immunity by history of disease, AND

4. Mumps & Measles & Rubella (MMR): single/double dose OR positive triple antibody titers to Mumps & Measles & Rubella, AND

5. (Only Required by Some Sites & Seasonal) Influenza (flu shot): some clinical sites require a single dose of a flu shot (U.S. strands) for the current flu season (typically August to March), so you may be asked to repeat your flu vaccines if you’re in a new flu season in that same year. Ask your AmeriClerkships Residency Enrollment Consultant if this applies to any of your Clinical Blocks.

*PLEASE NOTE: Clinical sites may require additional health-related documentation. Please inquire with your residency enrollment strategist if this applies to you. Results must be valid for full duration of all clinical rotations.

As of March 23rd, 2020, AmeriClerkships will only accept IGRA (QuantiFeron) lab results for clinical rotations.

  • Negative PPD skin test:
    • Completed at any time: Need a negative IGRA blood assay.
  • Negative IGRA blood assay:
    • < 12 months: Do nothing more at this stage;
    • > 12 months: Need negative symptom screen annually;
    • If traveling in and out of the U.S. and entering healthcare facilities abroad (regardless of time from last negative IGRA): Must repeat negative symptom screen annually.
  • Positive PPD skin test + history of BCG (which means most likely from a country with higher TB prevalence): Need IGRA blood assay. If:
    • IGRA is negative: Do nothing more at this stage.
    • IGRA is positive: then follow directions below.
  • Positive PPD skin test (and no history of BCG) OR positive IGRA:
    • < 12 months: Need chest x-ray done in the U.S. ruling out TB. IF:
      • Chest x-ray < 24 months and read by a U.S. radiologist: Need a negative symptom screen < 12 months (do not repeat chest x-ray at the moment);
      • Chest x-ray < 24 months and read by a non-U.S. radiologist OR chest x-ray > 24 months: Need a negative symptom screen + chest x-ray done in the U.S. ruling out TB.
    • > 12 months: Need negative symptom screen + chest x-ray done in the U.S. ruling out TB, every 24 months.
  • Please note:
    • Current CDC guidelines are recommending to stop using PPD and minimize radiation exposure, by shifting to IGRA and symptom screening;
    • IGRA only needs to be documented once in a lifetime if negative that first time;
    • IGRA does not need to be repeated for AmeriClerkships, but each US healthcare facility may require repeat of ANY of the above depending on their policies, or additional testing per clinical site processing requirements, including (but not limited to) two-step PPD (which can take 14 to 30 days to complete, but typically waived if you have a negative IGRA) and chest x-ray done in the U.S.

Download the Clinical Authorization Letter (Medical Students, Externs, and Residents doing clinicals for credit, or requiring a Clinical Evaluation at the end to show proof to their school that such clinicals were completed), then scan and send back.

In compliance with new COVID-19 containment policies adopted by many U.S. healthcare facilities, AmeriClerkships is now requiring that all AmeriClerkships members provide proof of your physical presence in the same state as each of your clinical blocks by no earlier than 14 days prior to the start of your next clinical block.

  1. Airline ticket with landing date of 14 days prior to your upcoming clinical block’s start date, in the same state as where your clinical block is located
  2. Proof of same-state residence by way of address on government issued identification card
  3. Evidence of payment or check-in into a hotel or Airbnb or bed and breakfast or other short term stays
  4. Utility bill (cable, electricity, HOA, water, sanitation, etc.) if staying with a family or friend in state
  5. Other evidence provided will be evaluated on a case by case basis

The above document is a pre-requisite for becoming Fully Enrolled Certified and required to be uploaded into your Document Upload Portal, however we may delay the need to upload this document if you do not have the above document but will be obtaining it shortly after FEC, or if the document you uploaded does not sufficiently prove that you were present in the same state as your upcoming clinical block by at least 14 days prior to your start date. Please note that failure to provide this document will result in at least a 1-week delay (may be much later if overlaps with other Member’s clinical blocks) and a $199 Expedited Start Fee for having to reprocess your originally planned start date. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Step #2: Officially Notarize by Notarycam.com2020-01-21T15:02:32-07:00

The authenticity of the following documents must be confirmed by a court commissioned “notary public” personnel, in English. Seals/signatures from your medical school are not sufficient replacements for notary (except school sealed transcripts – read below).

Electronically notarize these documents online at https://www.notarycam.com/americlerkships/.You must request for the digitally notarized documents to be sent directly from https://www.notarycam.com/americlerkships/to documents@acmedical.orgPLEASE NOTE: Electronically notarized documents sent by any sender other than notarycam.com will be rejected.

Please note the following:

  • We will accept an official school sealed transcript (original, not a copy) that is mailed directly from your medical school to AmeriClerkships, in lieu of a notarized copy of your transcript; school seal is not considered a replacement for notary in any other circumstance.
  • The cost of Notarycam is comparable to (if not cheaper than) the cost of in-person notary public. In-person notary can be as much as $10 to $30 per document.

Medical Students & Graduates (select any 1 of 3):

1. ECFMG Certificate, OR

2. Medical diploma from an IMED recognized school (and its official, notarized English translation, if the original is not in English), OR

3. Medical school transcript from an IMED recognized school (and its official, notarized English translation, if the original is not in English)

Pre-Med Students (select any 1 of 2):

1. Any undergraduate (or higher) degree from a college/university accredited by the US Department of EducationOR

2. Transcript from a college/university accredited by the US Department of Education indicating that you have successfully completed >100 units of didactic in preparation for an undergraduate (or higher) degree.

Select any 1 of 7; must not be expired, or expire during scheduled clinicals:

  1. U.S. or Canadian naturalization certificate with picture, OR
  2. U.S. or Canadian Passport picture and information page, OR
  3. U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card; front and back), OR
  4. Non-U.S. Passport picture and information page from one of 36 Visa Waiver Program participating countries (max 12 week clinical enrollment per U.S. entry), OR
  5. U.S. Employment Authorization Card with picture, OR
  6. U.S. or Canadian government issued identification and birth certificate, OR
  7. Non-U.S. Passport, PLUS
    1. U.S. visa that is valid for the entire duration of clinicals, OR
    2. Expired F-1 visa with an I-20 extension that is valid for the entire duration of clinicals, OR
    3. Expired U.S. visa with Form I-94 or I-94A that is valid for the entire duration of clinicals.
Step #3: Possible Additional Requirements2020-03-10T13:54:36-07:00

The above documents will fulfill the processing requirements of the majority of our clinical sites. However, certain hospitals policies may require additional documents to process your approval, some of which may take up to 4 weeks to fulfill (i.e. 12 panel Urine Drug Screen, Two Step PPD, health clearance by a physician, international background checks, etc.). Your timely cooperation in fulfilling any additional requirements for document processing is not only appreciated, but also required prior to any established deadlines. Any delays may cause a delay in your start date, and in extreme cases, possible loss of opportunity to rotate at that particular healthcare facility.

  1. Proof of Good Health: A general health check-up by a U.S. licensed physician done within the last 12 months. Template provided upon enrollment through email titled “Annual Physical Template for Your Upcoming Clinicals”.
  2. Above “Immunizations” may not be waived. However please note that you will not have to submit any proof of immunizations if your Proof of Good Health from your licensed physician completely follows Template A.
  3. Influenza (Flu Shot): Seasonal immunization requirement during the months of September to March, must document vaccination for the appropriate flu season. Influenza vaccination required to be administered in the United States.
  4. Attendance to the U.S. Clinical Experience Orientation (*Part 4 of 5, below): Required ONLY if you are a non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident traveling into the United States for your clinicals
  5. Attendance in Postgraduate Subinternship Orientation (*Part 5 of 5, below)

There is a chance that Clinical Blocks which have “Hospital Guarantee” components will require additional documents for hospital processing. Although precautions are taken to disclose all hospital requirements at the time of your enrollment, these requirements may change for various reasons at any time, so we appreciate your cooperation.

Step #4: Orientations & Quizzes2020-03-19T15:21:01-07:00

Online orientations are an excellent and cost effective way for you to get to know and interact with AmeriClerkships staff, and get personal attention to your particular scenario. Please note:

  • A working computer microphone or phone audio is required for both orientations. Please ensure your microphone is working with the ‘Test Connection’ functionality contained in your webinar confirmation email. However be prepared to “dial-in” to Google Meet, in case your internet connection is not strong enough to provide you audio access to the webinar. The dial-in instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email.
  • Webinars are hosted on the Google Meet software platforms. Click here to familiarize yourself with Google Meet now, and contact webinars@acmedical.org at least 30 minutes prior to your session with any technical concerns. Technical issues are NOT acceptable grounds for missing a webinar, or lack of participation.
  • While in session, you may need to reload your Google Meet URL (exit and come back in) if host is unable to hear you, but you are able to hear others.
  • Attendance and active participation are required for you to become credentialed and Fully Enrolled Certified (FEC), if you see any of the following appear in your Document Upload Portal
    • Part 1, 2 and 3 orientations: Required of ALL AmeriClerkships Members enrolled in any of our clinical sites to register and attend.
    • Part 4, 5 and 6 orientations (demarcated by a ‘*‘): Required of CERTAIN AmeriClerkships Members to register and attend; please open each toggle to see if they apply to you.
  • Members who fail to attend a required webinar on time for any reason can make up the webinar at the next available date for no additional charge. However, if there no available orientation dates before a member’s crossing of the US border or PGSI start date, members must pay a $150 fee to set up a private orientation with Dr. Mizani to fulfill their enrollment requirements.
  • Hopital Orientations may be offered only once a month, so please ask in advance, and plan accordingly so to not affect the estimated Start Date of your Clinical Blocks.

If you haven’t already, make sure you’re signed up for your orientation! Please register here.

  1. Click here for studyguide and to take a short quiz now
  2. Passing >= 80%
  3. Password provided in email “Subject: FEC Instructions & Required Documents
  1. Watch a brief HIPAA video tutorial on MedScape (Free www.medscape.org account is required)
  2. Click here to take a short quiz now
  3. Passing >= 80%
  4. Password provided in email “Subject: FEC Instructions & Required Documents

Attendance and active participation in this specialty webinar is required ONLY for AmeriClerkships Members who are non-US citizen or non-US permanent resident visitors, and in the process of entering the U.S. for AmeriClerkships clinical experience.

During a U.S. visa interview AND AGAIN when interviewed by the U.S. Border Patrol Officers upon entry into the United States, non-US citizen and non-US permanent resident visitors will be asked about their purpose of visit to the United States. In this 30-minute webinar, you will learn about what to expect during your upcoming U.S. clinical experience, in an effort to prevent any unintended misunderstanding or mischaracterization of your visit that could jeopardize your ability to attend the clinical experience.

Click here to register for a US Clinical Experience Orientation.

Attendance and active participation in this specialty webinar is required ONLY for any AmeriClerkships Member who is enrolled in Postgraduate Subinternships (PGSI) clinical block(s).

This 30-minute interactive webinar will prepare you for your PGSI by providing you with the key factors to successfully navigate your way within U.S. Graduate Medical Education, and among active U.S. medical residency faculty, residents and even program directors. Dr. Mizani will answer questions about what to expect, and what your supervisors will be expecting from you.

Click here to register for an upcoming Postgraduate Subinternship Orientation.

Attendance and active participation in orientations or classes required by hospitals or other non-AmeriClerkships institutions for processing may be required.

If required, your AmeriClerkships Credentialing Specialist will provide you details on how to fulfill this requirement. Please note that hospitals and other non-AmeriClerkships institutions are not as lenient as AmeriClerkships, so missing an orientation or class may result in delays, change of Clinical Feature, inability to enter the hospital or clinic, or loss of your entire Clinical Block.

Registration instructions will vary for all institutions, and will be shared with when we are made aware.

Step #5: Private Strategy Sessions2020-01-21T16:48:20-07:00

A benefit of certain memberships, and requirement for FEC includes speaking privately with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of Matching into US medical residency. He will discuss your personal circumstances, the best way to perform during your rotations, how to secure letters of recommendation, best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Please see the below links to register for your session:

  • While Express Membership does not include a private strategy session, you can register and attend 1 (one) free online office hour in a semi-private online session with Dr. Mizani
  • Click here to register
  1. This membership provides a 30-minute private strategy session with Dr. Mizani
  2. Click here to register
  3. Registration is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC)
  1. This membership provides a 30-minute private strategy session with Dr. Mizani
  2. Click here to register
  3. Registration is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC)
  1. This membership provides two 60-minute private strategy sessions with Dr. Mizani
  2. Click here to register for first session
  3. Registration for only the first session is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC)
What is AmeriClerkships “Commitment to Clarity”?2019-12-12T14:48:51-07:00

A Great Relationship Begins with Clarity and Setting Proper Expectations.

Please read this document carefully, and let us know how we may make your membership experience a more pleasant one. This statement of clarity is not meant to explain all the mutual commitments made by AmeriClerkships Medical Society and its members, and it does not replace or in any way alter the membership agreement signed by each member. Please click here for other terms and conditions.

  1. Objective of AmeriClerkships Medical Society (“AMS”): AMS is a membership-based organization that provides its members with health career development services to assist with refining and achieving their career objectives. AMS provides clinical learning experiences meant to improve knowledge and patient communication skills in real clinical sites. The goal of AMS is to empower each of its members to move confidently from highly-protected academic environments to the real world of U.S. medical residencies.
  2. Nature of Clinical Experiences: click here to learn about what do expect before, during and after your clinical block(s) with AmeriClerkships.
  3. Possible Change of Clinical Site & Locations: although every effort will be made to avoid changes, medicine’s urgent nature does at times require that we replace an unavailable supervising attending physician. We promise that if a change is required, that we will always notify you in advance, that its clinical features will be preserved (or upgraded free of charge), and the replacement Clinical Site will be within 50 miles of your originally approved Clinical Site.
  4. Transportation & Housing: physicians often visit multiple hospitals and clinics, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Therefore we strongly discourage your usage of public transportation. Also, we recommend that you book nightly hotels until you are certain of your schedule, and all locations visited with your supervisor during each clinical block. Do not enter into any long term leases otherwise.
  5. Academic Credit: AMS is not a teaching entity and does not offer credit. Unless a member is a student and his/her sponsor institution agrees to offer credit for clinicals (as evidenced by a Clinical Authorization Letter (CAL) completed and signed by the sponsoring institution), all clinicals are not-for-credit as AMS is not a party to the grant of academic credit, and any such grant is subject to the rules of the credit granting institution, in addition to all agreed AMS conditions.
  6. Definitions: AMS abides by the AMA Glossary of Program Information, the ACGME Glossary of Terms, as well as the following internal terms:
    1. Attending Physician (AP): a U.S. licensed physician who serves as a mentor, supervisor, and teacher.
    2. Teaching Hospital: a hospital listed in ACGMEAMA’s FREIDA (requires free AMA account), American Osteopathic Association, or one that serves as a clinical clerkship site for U.S. medical schools.
    3. Clinical Site (CS): an affiliated setting, supervised by an AP and designated by a number.
    4. Clinical Block (CB): a collection of clinical weeks/hours that a member enrolls in at a particular CS
    5. Core Specialties: Family, Internal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry and Pediatrics.
    6. Premium Specialties: Any non-Core specialty
    7. Physician Status: an AP’s current position and possible influence within the medical education community.
    8. Clinical Feature: amount and type of hospital exposure (fees will vary; inpatient experience will be verified with each AP, if necessary):
      1. Program Director (PD): Clinical Sites that are supervised by residency PD’s, enabling Members to solicit for letters of recommendation from those PDs;
      2. Verified (V): An added layer of protection and processing, whereby Members will be processed at an AMS affiliated hospital or medical center, in addition to the physician they are assigned to;
      3. Teaching Hospital Guarantee (THG): opportunity for partial (<50%) teaching hospital exposure;
      4. Hospital Guarantee (HG): opportunity for partial (<50%) community hospital exposure;
      5. Inpatient (IP): opportunity for majority (>50%) HG or THG exposure;
      6. Hospitalist (HOSP): opportunity for primarily (~100%) HG or THG exposure;
      7. Community Healthcare Experience (CHE): primarily (~100%) outpatient exposure; inpatient unlikely.
      8. Postgraduate Subinternships (PGSI): Clinicals sanctioned by a Graduate Medical Education department, with AMS PGSI Members being able to become a part of existing medical residency teams, enabling them to attend residency didactics/conferences, to solicit for LORs on teaching hospital letterheads, and to be considered for a residency interview at that PGSI host institution.
  7. That they have read and understood the AMS policies (especially its cancellation policy) located here; as such they understand and agree that membership, non-clinical services (i.e., document revision, mock interviews, etc.) and clinicals are non-refundable, and that only minor changes may be accommodated to any Approved Clinical Block(s) (such as changes made to start/end dates, location and possibly specialty where available; fees may apply). Being a “no-show” at a scheduled clinical site without making formal and written arrangements with AmeriClerkships will not entitle you to rescheduling or any refunds.  Any clinical feature disputes (amount of inpatient exposure) will be thoroughly investigated by contacting the attending physician and the clinical site, recategorized and repriced as needed.
    1. To never engage in the crime of “practice of medicine without a license,” or any activity that could be construed as such. The term “hands-on” refers to situations where a patient and supervising physician allow an AMS member to communicate with that patient without giving their opinions or interpreting any of the data with anyone but the supervising physician (i.e. learning how to greet the patients, learning how to elicit chief complaints and applicable histories), or coming in contact with that patient without being responsible for physical exams, triages or determining diagnosis or devising treatment plans (i.e. taking vital signs, listening to or percussing body parts, when available), but never engaging in any activity that may tend to leave the patient with the impression that the AMS member is a “doctor” or “physician” by means of: introducing or referring to themselves as one; wearing a long lab coat; interpreting any data to the patient; diagnosing any patients; writing in patient or medical records; accepting any sort of gift or money from anyone during their AMS membership, or any other activity that could be construed as acting as a doctor, or could create the impression that the member is licensed to practice medicine;
    2. To always be supervised (within the reach of voice) by the attending physician that AMS has formally assigned and certified that member to, and to never overstay his/her CB or misrepresent that he/she is covered by AMS professional medical liability insurance policy for CBs that are not directly authorized and certified by AMS;
    3. To abide by the AMS “Zero Tolerance Policy”: Members will respect the privacy and confidentiality of each AP by refraining from contact with any AMS CS or AP without the written permission of AMS, or prior to the designated CB start date(s) and time(s). Members agree not to distribute, or publish, to anyone the names and locations of the CB and AP to which they have been assigned. Members may NOT arrange clinicals on their own while enrolled with AMS. The risks and costs, both to the member and to AMS, associated with this are extreme, including but not limited to: uninsured patient exposures, endangering the AP and CS, and risking the member’s own future medical licensure. Therefore, all members agree that non-compliance with this policy will constitute a breach of the membership agreement, and an offending member’s current CB and AMS membership will be immediately terminated, without refund;
    4. To be in good standing with AMS, and, if applicable, to be in good standing with his/her sponsoring institution (i.e., school). Members must possess a valid AMS membership throughout his/her clinical block(s) and must at all times abide by the AMS membership enrollment agreement;
    5. To forego any special prices or promotions the member may have received in the event the member downgrades;
    6. That he/she is not guaranteed to be placed or work with medical schools or residency programs;
    7. To show up to each CB on the exact date, time, and location (clinical schedule) that he/she has agreed;
    8. That the zip code indicated in the “Within 50 Miles of” column of a clinical schedule is an approximate and tentative location, and not the final confirmed zip code. Although unlikely, members agree to travel up to 50 miles from the original agreed-upon zip code for each CB;
    9. To have their own personal transportation (not simply relying on public transportation or share-a-ride with the AP) since an AP may rotate through several hospitals in a single day, or ask that a member show up to a late-night emergency hospital call, or the designated CS may be located up to 50 miles away from the confirmed zip code that members first report to;
    10. That enrolling with AMS does not guarantee medical residency or interviews;
    11. That while letters of recommendation (“LORs”) may be solicited by members from AP, LORs are not guaranteed and are strictly performance-based. AMS has no control over the contents or verbiage or letterhead of any LOR;
    12. To not make requests that would be deemed discriminatory. AMS respects all people and adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy. AMS will not accept requests for clinical placements based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation;
    13. That AMS does not provide accommodation or transportation services.
  8. Expect changes: after all, this is medicine!
    1. AMS takes every reasonable measure to deliver the CB experience that was agreed upon by each member. However, CBs are “boutique” experiences and changes may occur: extenuating circumstances that are out of the control of AMS may affect any component of a member’s clinical schedule, and on rare occasions require a completely new clinical schedule;
    2. Members are encouraged to check their email inbox and voice messages frequently, and to keep a constant and open line of communication with their designated AMS National Clinical Coordinator;
    3. Should unforeseen events result in a change to any CB, AMS will dedicate appropriate resources to rectify the situation. Members will fully cooperate and hold AMS harmless in case of any changes.
  9. Eagerness to participate and quality of experience: although CBs typically take place during normal business hours, the experience of individual members can vary depending on the eagerness of the member. The more eager and available a member is to participate in a CB (up to 24 hours/day, 7 days/week), the greater the amount of clinical opportunities and inpatient exposures that will be available. Additionally APs may prefer to round on their hospital admitted patients during nights or weekends, or on consecutive days followed by a block of break. Therefore, an individual member’s availability, transportation, attitude, and behavior may contribute to their overall clinical experience and quality.
  10. Rush to start: a member’s first CB may begin in as few as three weeks after becoming Fully Enrolled Certified (FEC; receipt of all required documents and payments by AMS). Please inquire about the option to start in 1 or 2 weeks using our FASTART™ service (where available; additional fees apply).
What should I expect during “For Credit” U.S. Clinical Electives through AmeriClerkships?2019-02-11T13:00:14-07:00

For-credit U.S. Clinical Clerkships/Rotations (Clerkships) at AmeriClerkships Medical Society (AMS) are reserved for medical students or medical residents who are required to complete a pre-set clinical curriculum by their medical institution for graduation. Clerkships differs from Volunteer U.S. Clinical Experiences (USCE) in that:

  1. All medical students and residents must complete a Clinical Authorization Letter (CAL) in order for AMS to determine if they need to be placed in Clerkships or USCE, in states with no known adverse laws against them conducting their type of clinicals in that state, and;
  2. Some states have policies governing Clerkships conducted by both U.S. and International Medical Students (IMS): click here to visit the AMS Medical Licensure Forum, and;
  3. Where and how an IMS conducts Clerkships can affect future licensure: click here to read how AMS is Protecting International Medical Students, and;
  4. There are more than just 2 types of Clerkships (erroneously referred to as “Green” or “Blue Book” rotations): click here for 5 categories of Clerkships at AMS, and;
  5. Their completion will lead to the issuance of credit from their medical institution (i.e. for-credit), and;
  6. Their limited engagement in certain patient care activities may be interpreted as the practice of medicine by certain states (which is different for each state; simply Google search “is medical student clerkship considered “practice of medicine” in [type in state of your Clerkship]).

Please note that:

  • All AMS Certified USCE are insured with professional liability insurance ($1/$3 million), supervised by AMS affiliated U.S. licensed physicians. Upon completion of Clerkships, AMS members may ask for a post-clinical evaluation and solicit letters of recommendation from their supervising physicians.
  • There are several U.S. jurisdictions which have limitations placed on visiting rotations by medical students attending non-U.S. accredited Medical Institutions, and medical residents crossing state borders for practice of medicine, and it is every medical professional’s (medical student, graduate, resident or doctor) responsibility to remain in compliance with State Medical Board (SMB) rules & regulations for clerkships and future medical licensure. Furthermore, each AMS member is responsible for securing any needed documents from AMS in order to share with his/her medical institution for permissions or credits, and to allow the medical institution to obtain any necessary permissions from individual SMB (since SMBs will only work with Students or Medical Institution for school approvals & Clinical authorizations, and not AMS) prior to any start of clinicals with AMS. Enrolling with AMS does not alleviate an AMS member’s obligations and responsibilities to remain in full compliance with any state medical board and their medical institution’s policies. Please click here for more details.

Prior to the Start of Your Clerkship

Begin familiarizing yourself with the medical specialty that you’re assigned to by clicking here. Make sure that you receive your welcome package (mailed to a U.S. address you provide us; email your NCC if you haven’t received it by week prior to your start), which amongst other items will contain your specially-sized AmeriClerkships embroidered short lab coat; wear this lab coat and dress business formal at all times during your clinical blocks unless instructed otherwise by your attending. The clinical block(s) you enrolled in will become fully approved and confirmed again once you become Fully Enrolled Certified (FEC). This is also the time that your AMS National Clinical Coordinator (NCC) will contact and introduce him/herself to you as he/she is responsible for the implementation of what you enrolled in with AMS (as outlined in your invoice), and to start you on time. Your NCC is also responsible for emailing (or calling in) your final confirmation to you at the “time of highest confidence“, meaning the time when to the best judgment of your NCC, your clinical location has the least likelihood of changing – which could be as late as the Friday before you begin. Your confirmation email will contain the name and contact information about your attending, where and when to show up, and any other information that is unique to that site. You can also view your individually confirmed clinical blocks online at https://myclinicals.acmedical.org/, and search surrounding points of interest (i.e. shopping, airports, rental cars, rental apartments, etc). Last but not least, make sure that you have viewed the AmeriClerkships orientation webinar.

Can changes occur? Possibly; your NCC will discuss unusual situations and all options with you in case of an unexpected emergency. But not to worry, as your AMS team is in most cases prepared, and typically has backup clinical sites for most members. Possible unforeseen changes are also the reason why your NCC wait as long as we can to send out final confirmations (i.e. “time of highest confidence”, such as the Friday before you begin). If a change is initiated by you, then we will do our best to accommodate, but can not guarantee that we will be able to change your original scheduled clinical block(s) since all clinical blocks are scheduled sequentially, so a change made by you will affect future scheduled members at those same clinical sites. For AMS policy on changes, please click here and search for “Changes”.

The Start of Your First Clerkship Week

Follow the instructions on your confirmation email about when, where and what time to start your first day. Attending physicians are reasonable, but you must make it easy for them to see your commitment to your scheduled clinical block. Start with an open mind, and let your attending know that you’d like to see and experience EVERYTHING that this clinical block has to offer, including late-night admissions and multiple hospital visits. Your first location may not be the same location as your future meetings with your attending. Each physician is different, but he/she will most likely quickly evaluate your ability to function within that clinical setting by having you follow them with little to no responsibilities during the first few days. The quicker you learn and adapt, the higher the physician’s expectation of you will be. Don’t ever be late, and always have your own transportation. If you’re visiting the U.S. from abroad, then secure your international driver’s license so that you don’t miss out on any clinical experience opportunity, such as witnessing late night admissions or visiting multiple clinical sites/hospitals across town where public transportation is unavailable or unsafe or time-consuming. Do not ask for a letter of recommendation until you have seen your clinical evaluation in your final week; otherwise, you may risk upsetting the attending and making him/her feel like you’re using them for a recommendation letter, instead of obtaining the clinical experience to show your commitment for that specialty. Again, please review the AmeriClerkships orientation webinar for more details.

During Your Clerkship

Although each clinical experience is unique, the following is an outline of what AMS members enrolled in Clerkships can expect to experience, and be encouraged to master during each clinical block:

  1. Professional Qualities and Adaptability: integrity, tolerance, confidentiality, punctuality, reliability, teachability/learnability, bilateral acculturation (accepting U.S., as well as incorporating home culture), initiative, participation, teamwork, receptivity to feedback, mindfulness, dedication;
  2. U.S. Medical Knowledge: basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, access to medical education resources;
  3. Familiarity with U.S. Healthcare System: U.S. culture, HIPAA, insurance, formulary, medico-legal, interdisciplinary healthcare system;
  4. Clinical Skills: medical histories:
    1. Example of Activity: initially broad inquiries followed by specifics as indicated by Chief Complaint (CC) and History of Present Illness (HPI); rephrase patient responses or offer smiles to clarify inadequate answers; sequentially question associated symptoms and pursuit of associations which may not be intuitive; thoroughly explore all risk factors; selectively use of follow-up questions with deeper probing of critical information; clearly organize patterns of questions from general to specific. THEREFORE with your supervisor in the room and with a patient’s permission you can speak with the patient and write notes (not in patient chart), but you can not conduct a physical exam.
    2. Note: You may discuss findings from the supervised patient encounter with the physician and discuss differentials, but you must never be the one who conducts any physical exams as this is the job of a licensed professional. A physical examination is defined as an evaluation of the body and its functions using inspection, palpation (feeling with the hands), percussion (tapping with the fingers), and auscultation (listening). A complete health assessment also includes gathering information about a person’s medical history and lifestyle, doing laboratory tests, and screening for disease.
  5. Communication Skills: written and spoken English proficiency; patients and families (Strong: Consistently confirms that understanding is clear by repetition, soliciting questions; explains any medical terminology used; always respectful in addressing; genuine effort to understand and respect diverse beliefs and attitudes); with colleagues, nursing and ancillary staff;
  6. Information Technology Skills: electronic medical records, information retrieval (clinical data and reference material);
  7. Presentation Skills: patient and educational presentations, case updates, rounds, discharge, admission,
  8. Included Comments: observations or information that the physician believes would be of value to those who may be assessing this applicant as a potential residency candidate.

At the End of Your Clerkship

Unless another type of clinical evaluation has been provided to us by you or your medical institution, AMS will email a post-clinical evaluation to your supervising attending physician that is based on the 6 ACGME Core Competencies. Please click here to familiarize yourself with this helpful table.

Most-all AMS members participate in clerkships in order to experience how care is provided to patients in the United States and to hopefully secure a letter of recommendation that documents their overall performance on the above-mentioned competencies. In order to ask your mentor to willingly recommend you to residency, make sure that you do as follows:

  • Follow the above recommendations
  • Earn your LOR, meaning you should put all that you have in performing genuinely and to the best of your abilities
  • Midway through your Clerkship block: print this page, and ask the attending to give you verbal feedback on the above competencies
  • Toward the end of your 3rd week: ask the attending if its okay for them to complete the AMS clinical evaluation of you in person, next week sometime
  • Last week of your Clerkship: if your attending evaluated you well on all competencies, then ask them if they can support you in your pursuit of residency by writing you a letter of recommendation. Give them a copy of your AMS prepared CV, and ask them to email you a draft copy of the LOR so that you can have your Advisors at AMS analyze it for you (Letter of Recommendation Analysis). Ask if they’d like a copy of your LORA, and if so, then share what AMS provides you with the attending. If not then email the AMS recommendations back to the attending.

Please contact us with any questions.

What should I expect during “Not for Credit” U.S. Clinical Electives through AmeriClerkships?2019-02-11T13:00:59-07:00

U.S. Clinical Experiences (USCE) at AmeriClerkships Medical Society (AMS) are reserved for active members (either medical students during their vacation times visiting the U.S., or medical graduates in between graduation and start of residency) who are looking to do good for the community at large as clinical volunteers, or are looking to strengthen their commitment to a particular field of medicine by securing letters of recommendation or to improve their chances of securing U.S. residencies. AMS members completing a USCE are not expecting a medical institution to issue credit for the clinicals they just completed (i.e. not-for-credit), nor shall their supervising physician require such members to do anything that could be interpreted as the practice of medicine without a license (which is different for each state; simply Google search “practicing medicine without a license in [type in state of your USCE]”  before you begin your USCE).

Please note that:

  • All AMS Certified USCE are insured with professional liability insurance ($1/$3 million), supervised by AMS affiliated U.S. licensed physicians, and set up so that AMS members can see how their licensed supervisors practice medicine in the United States (instead of AMS members being the ones who practice medicine), AND;
  • Conducting USCE as volunteers does not forfeit your rights to post-clinical evaluations or soliciting letters of recommendation by your supervising physicians, AND;
  • There are several U.S. jurisdictions which have limitations placed on visiting rotations by medical students attending non-U.S. accredited Medical Institutions, and medical residents crossing state borders for practice of medicine, and it is every medical professional’s (medical student, graduate, resident or doctor) responsibility to remain in compliance with State Medical Board (SMB) rules & regulations for clerkships and future medical licensure. Furthermore, each AMS member is responsible for securing any needed documents from AMS in order to share with his/her medical institution for permissions or credits, and to allow the medical institution to obtain any necessary permissions from individual SMB (since SMBs will only work with Students or Medical Institution for school approvals & Clinical authorizations, and not AMS) prior to any start of clinicals with AMS. Enrolling with AMS does not alleviate an AMS member’s obligations and responsibilities to remain in full compliance with any state medical board and their medical institution’s policies. Please click here for more details.

Prior to the Start of Your USCE

Begin familiarizing yourself with the medical specialty that you’re assigned to by clicking here. Make sure that you receive your welcome package (mailed to a U.S. address you provide us; email your NCC if you haven’t received it a week prior to your start), which amongst other items will contain your specially sized AmeriClerkships embroidered short lab coat; wear this lab coat and dress business formal at all times during your clinical blocks unless instructed otherwise by your attending. The clinical block(s) you enrolled in will become fully approved and confirmed again once you become Fully Enrolled Certified (FEC). This is also the time that your AMS National Clinical Coordinator (NCC) will contact and introduce him/herself to you as he/she is responsible for the implementation of what you enrolled in with AMS (as outlined in your invoice), and to start you on time. Your NCC is also responsible for emailing (or calling in) your final confirmation to you at the “time of highest confidence“, meaning the time when to the best judgment of your NCC, your clinical location has the least likelihood of changing – which could be as late as the Friday before you begin.  Your confirmation email will contain the name and contact information about your attending, where and when to show up, and any other information that is unique to that site.  You can also view your individually confirmed clinical blocks online in your MyClinicals account, and search surrounding points of interest (i.e. shopping, airports, rental cars, rental apartments, etc). Lastly but not least, make sure that you have viewed the AmeriClerkships orientation webinar.

Can changes occur? Possibly; your NCC will discuss unusual situations and all options with you in case of an unexpected emergency. But not to worry, as your AMS team is in most cases prepared, and typically has backup clinical sites for most members. Possible unforeseen changes are also the reason why your NCC wait as long as we can to send out final confirmations (i.e. “time of highest confidence”, such as the Friday before you begin). If a change is initiated by you, then we will do our best to accommodate, but can not guarantee that we will be able to change your original scheduled clinical block(s) since all clinical blocks are scheduled sequentially, so a change made by you will affect future scheduled members at those same clinical sites. For AMS policy on changes, please click here and search for “Changes”.

The Start of Your First USCE Week

Follow the instructions on your confirmation email about when, where and what time to start your first day. Attending physicians are reasonable, but you must make it easy for them to see your commitment to your scheduled clinical block. Start with an open mind, and let your attending know that you’d like to see and experience EVERYTHING that this clinical block has to offer, including late-night admissions and multiple hospital visits. Your first location may not be the same location as your future meetings with your attending. Each physician is different, but he/she will most likely quickly evaluate your ability to function within that clinical setting by having you follow them with little to no responsibilities during the first few days. The quicker you learn and adapt, the higher the physician’s expectation of you will be. Don’t ever be late, and always have your own transportation. If you’re visiting the U.S. from abroad, then secure your international driver’s license so that you don’t miss out on any clinical experience opportunity, such as witnessing late night admissions or visiting multiple clinical sites/hospitals across town where public transportation is unavailable or unsafe or time-consuming. Do not ask for a letter of recommendation until you have seen your clinical evaluation in your final week; otherwise, you may risk upsetting the attending and making him/her feel like you’re using them for a recommendation letter, instead of obtaining the clinical experience to show your commitment for that specialty. Again, please review the AmeriClerkships orientation webinar for more details.

During Your USCE

Although each clinical experience is unique, the following is an outline of what our volunteer members can expect to experience, and be encouraged to master during each USCE clinical block:

  1. Professional Qualities and Adaptability: integrity, tolerance, confidentiality, punctuality, reliability, teachability/learnability, bilateral acculturation (accepting U.S., as well as incorporating home culture), initiative, participation, teamwork, receptivity to feedback, mindfulness, dedication;
  2. U.S. Medical Knowledge: basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, access to medical education resources;
  3. Familiarity with U.S. Healthcare System: U.S. culture, HIPAA, insurance, formulary, medico-legal, interdisciplinary healthcare system;
  4. Clinical Skills: Medical Histories
    1. Example of Activity: initially broad inquiries followed by specifics as indicated by Chief Complaint (CC) and History of Present Illness (HPI); rephrase patient responses or offer smiles to clarify inadequate answers; sequentially question associated symptoms and pursuit of associations which may not be intuitive; thoroughly explore all risk factors; selectively use of follow-up questions with deeper probing of critical information; clearly organize patterns of questions from general to specific. THEREFORE with your supervisor in the room and with a patient’s permission you can speak with the patient and write notes (not in patient chart), but you can not conduct a physical exam.
    2. Note: You may discuss findings from the supervised patient encounter with the physician and discuss differentials, but you must never be the one who conducts any physical exams as this is the job of a licensed professional. A physical examination is defined as an evaluation of the body and its functions using inspection, palpation (feeling with the hands), percussion (tapping with the fingers), and auscultation (listening). A complete health assessment also includes gathering information about a person’s medical history and lifestyle, doing laboratory tests, and screening for disease.
  5. Communication Skills: written and spoken English proficiency; patients and families (Strong: Consistently confirms that understanding is clear by repetition, soliciting questions; explains any medical terminology used; always respectful in addressing; genuine effort to understand and respect diverse beliefs and attitudes); with colleagues, nursing and ancillary staff;
  6. Information Technology Skills: electronic medical records, information retrieval (clinical data and reference material);
  7. Presentation Skills: patient and educational presentations, case updates, rounds, discharge, admission,
  8. Included Comments: observations or information that the physician believes would be of value to those who may be assessing this applicant as a potential residency candidate.

At the End of Your USCE

Unless another type of clinical evaluation has been provided to us by you or your medical institution, AMS will email a Post-clinical evaluation to your supervising attending physician that is based on the 6 ACGME Core Competencies. Please click here to familiarize yourself with this helpful table.

Most-all AMS members participate in USCE in order to experience how care is provided to patients in the United States and to hopefully secure a letter of recommendation that documents their overall performance on the above-mentioned competencies. In order to ask your mentor to willingly recommend you to residency, make sure that you do as follows:

  • Follow the above recommendations
  • Earn your LOR, meaning you should put all that you have in performing genuinely and to the best of your abilities
  • Midway through your USCE block: print this page, and ask the attending to give you verbal feedback on the above competencies
  • Toward the end of your 3rd week: ask the attending if its okay for them to complete the AMS clinical evaluation of you in person, next week sometime
  • Last week of your USCE: if your attending evaluated you well on all competencies, then ask them if they can support you in your pursuit of residency by writing you a letter of recommendation. Give them a copy of your AMS prepared CV, and ask them to email you a draft copy of the LOR so that you can have your Advisors at AMS analyze it for you (Letter of Recommendation Analysis). Ask if they’d like a copy of your LORA, and if so, then share what AMS provides you with the attending. If not then email the AMS recommendations back to the attending.

Please contact us with any questions.

Why is it recommend that I combine my Membership with U.S. clinicals offered by AmeriClerkships?2019-04-06T08:02:06-07:00

All of your hard work to secure the best U.S. clinical experiences must be correctly and consistently represented in every aspect of your residency application, and again during your interviews. An AmeriClerkships Membership will do just that, by preparing you for what’s to come in the annual U.S. medical residency or fellowship match, and even off-cycle residency positions. Our Memberships are built on the idea that dedicated expert mentorship will help you avoid catastrophic mistakes, offering you continuous suggestions to make your application package to U.S. medical residencies or fellowships more competitive, every step of the way. This way, you can have a better chance at being noticed by carefully explaining how your U.S. clinical experiences have played a role in making you a more U.S. medical residency-relevant candidate, and not be eliminated for simple and avoidable application mistakes. Plus, all AmeriClerkships Memberships (except for Match Mentor) cover you with our $1/3 million professional liability umbrella insurance policy, so you can save money and future regrets by not having to secure your own, or securing the incorrect insurance policy.

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