Are you considering studying medicine abroad? If so, you may be wondering what types of clinical experiences are available at an international medical school. At Atlantis, we have a team of AMO advisors who can provide you with all the information you need to make sure you feel safe when booking your experience. They can offer you recommendations based on your individual needs and interests. Once you book your appointment at AMO, you will be immediately connected to an AMO personal visitor experience trainer who will guide you through enrolling and planning your clinical experience. Gaining clinical experience is a great way to reinforce your application for admission to medical school.
It also provides valuable exposure for students who see a future as doctors. With clinical experience at AMO, you can get a mentor and many other contacts that can help you advance your medical career. You'll also acquire solid professional and patient communication skills, interpersonal skills that are fundamental to your role as a medical professional. A clinical experience allows you to practice clinical skills and medical terminology in a real environment to help you prepare for the USMLE and beyond. There are three main types of USCE: observation internships, electives, subinternships, and external internships.
But which type of premedical clinical experience is best? There are many different ways to gain clinical experience, and some are better than others. Below, we look at some possible avenues through which you can gain clinical experience and discuss the pros and cons of each. Medical schools may state that it's not a strict requirement, but any pre-medical student would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn't consider, at the very least, doing a follow-up or volunteering experience. It's also important to remember that, while international clinical travel can definitely reinforce the submission of medical school applications, admissions boards examine applications as a whole. If you're like many pre-medical students, you might be wondering which clinical experiences are the most useful and the ones that best suit the medical schools you apply to. We have also found that students who gain clinical experience working in disadvantaged areas tend to be more successful at being accepted to medical school.
Membership in the VSLO of your home school opens up a wide range of opportunities to complete clinical rotations at major medical schools in the United States. We encourage students to choose the experience that gives them the best opportunity to observe healthcare in action and understand the medical profession. Remember that it's not just about applying to medical school, but also about you and what you can gain from the experience. Service research projects are an excellent way to gain knowledge about the administrative aspect of health care, something that is extremely important for the four basic principles of medical ethics (for example, justice in care), something that you will consider for the rest of your medical career. In other words, all other things being equal, the person who works in an underserved clinic as a university student tends to be accepted to better medical schools than the person who worked in a private clinic that serves the rich. Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) is a program of the Association of American Medical Schools (AAMC) for medical students to seek elective opportunities outside their home institution. As an expert in pre-medical studies, I highly recommend that students take advantage of all available opportunities for gaining clinical experience. This includes both traditional avenues such as observation internships and electives as well as more unconventional options such as service research projects or volunteering in underserved clinics.
Doing so will not only help strengthen your application for admission into medical school but also give you valuable insight into what it takes to become a successful doctor.