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Frequently asked Questions

Observership vs. Clinicial Externship

1What kind of Experience do you provide ?

FMG Portal provides you with guaranteed hands-on clinical experience directly under the supervision of a U.S. licensed Attending Physician affiliated with a local teaching hospital. You will be presenting patients, performing histories and physicals, as well as other specialty specific duties. A professional letter of recommendation will be provided to you at the end of your externship period.

2What duration should i chose for my externship experience ?

It is highly recommended that you complete a minimum of 12 weeks to be able to meet the requirements of most residency programs. The longer the duration, the more weight the experience has on your resume. The majority of our clients begin their experience with a 12 week externship program.

3Is it possible to work with more than one attending physician to yield more LORs ?

Yes. In order to maximize the strength of your residency applications, we recommend completing your externship experience with more than one Attending Physician in order to acquire more LORs.

4What should i expect as far as my externship schedule ?

The schedule typically follows the schedule of your assigned Attending Physician. Positions have a required minimum of 5 half days per week, and scheduling typically offers some flexibility. You will be able to discuss the details with your Attending Physician prior to the start of your externship.

5When shoul i apply for a position ?

We suggest that you submit your documents at your earliest convenience as we operate on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that documents are submitted at least 4 weeks before you wish to begin your Externship in order to have sufficient time to process your request.

6Clinical Electives for foreign medical students ?

FMG Portal provides invaluable hands-on US clinical clerkships/electives for foreign medical students. We offer U.S. clinical electives(clerkships) in numerous key locations throughout the United States to meet your medical school’s elective requirements. Our Foreign Medical Student Elective Program supports the primary mission of educating foreign students in the US clinical environment. Both core specialties and sub-specialties are offered with seasoned Attending Physicians always affiliated with teaching hospitals. Students actively participate in the evaluation of patients with a wide range of cases, while working closely with our attending physicians and their staff. In order to apply, you must be enrolled in good standing as a full-time medical student. The medical school must be accredited in your home country, and the elective schedule approved by your medical school. All documentation must be completed and submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the elective start date. Please fill in our online application for more details regarding our student elective program, current availabilities and application process.


1Will I have to submit full payment for the externship prior to begining ?

No. FMG Portal offers you the opportunity to be billed on a monthly basis.

2Is it possible to speak with my attending physician prior to my start date ?

Yes, at FMG Portal we offer full transparency, providing you with the ability to contact your respective attending physician(s) prior to being invoiced for your externship position.

3Is it possible to obtain references for your services ?

Yes, at FMG Portal we offer full transparency, providing you with the ability to contact your respective attending physician(s) prior to being invoiced for your externship position.

4Do you help with accommodations ?

Yes. If you need to find accommodations in the vicinity of your clinical externship location, we will work with you to find local places to stay.

5What speciality do you offer ?

We currently offer Externships in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/Gyn, Surgery and Psychiatry. We also offer sub-specialties such as Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Oncology, Urology, Ophthalmology, Pain Medicine, and Hematology.

6Clinical Electives Plans ?

Our most popular Clinical Elective plan, the 3 month plan allows you to gain a significant amount of US clinical experience. Generally speaking, the 3 month plan is designed so that you gain clinical experience with 3 different attending physicians within the same specialty(or its sub-specialties). You will obtain the 3 separate Letters of Recommendation from your Attending Physicians Clinical Elective requirements vary greatly from one country and/or university to another. Our FLEX Plan ensures that we will work with you and your institution to meet your Elective requirements within our program. Flex Plans may last from 1 month to 12 months or more. Please contact us today in order to learn about our Elective opportunities and availabilities. FMG Portal’s Triple Play™ Elective Plan will allow you to gain invaluable experience in three different specialties during a 3 month period. You will be placed with 3 different Attending Physicians, yielding 3 Letters of Recommendation, one in each specialty. The Triple Play™ is based on availability. Early enrollment will result in more location and specialty options.

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