Frequently Asked Questions & Answers2019-02-11T04:26:14-07:00
Can I become a Member without enrolling in clinicals?2020-05-19T00:07:26-07:00

Absolutely!

Can I become an AmeriClerkships Member without enrolling in clinicals?2020-05-19T07:03:17-07:00

Yes. Even without U.S. clinicals, our membership benefits are instrumental to helping you learn how U.S. medical residency selection committee members think, and what you need to know about your competition. However in almost all cases, our Memberships will help you stand out the most if your actual recent experiences are comparable to a senior U.S. medical student. This includes having at least 4 U.S. letters of recommendation from recent clinical experiences in the past 12 months. If your LORs are weak, or you’re fed up chasing after physicians to let you into their practice to gain clinical experiences, then consider a Membership combined with AmeriClerkships U.S. clinical placements. Common reasons for Membership Only enrollments: medical students enrolled in a U.S. medical school, pre-meds who are unsure of their future career plans; budget under $1000; inability to travel (work or visa limitations) and unwilling to consider an AmeriClerkships Live Online Clinical Experience..

Clinicals Only Membership2021-03-31T10:09:36-07:00

Clinicals Only is an entry-level membership designed to provide access to all of ACMedical’s 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. Other than two complimentary single access passes to online office hours with a mentor, Clinicals Only Membership does NOT provide any other residency entry support or benefits or mentorship. Your benefits include:

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.

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 are 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.

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.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours. Maximum two letters in the session.

Please note that you can only register for a single Document Analysis Office Hour under this membership, so choose between this and the other two document analysis options before registering.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: MSPE by Faculty Physician” 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 analysis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

Please note that you can only register for a single Document Analysis Office Hour under this membership, so choose between this and the other two document analysis options before registering.

Upload your personal statement or residency application under the corresponding “Analysis” slot on your document upload portal. Dr. Mizani will determine the need for changes and recommend further editing if needed. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analysis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

Please note that you can only register for a single Document Analysis Office Hour under this membership, so choose between this and the other two document analysis options before registering.

Does AmeriClerkships sponsor U.S. visas? How can AmeriClerkships help me secure a U.S. visa?2020-09-27T16:18:50-07:00

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.

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 Membership (Ended 3/1/2021)2021-03-31T10:10:05-07:00

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.

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 are 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.

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.

Upload your letters of recommendation (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours. Maximum two letters in the session.

Please note that you can only register for a single Document Analysis Office Hour under this membership, so choose between this and the other two document analysis options before registering.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: MSPE by Faculty Physician” 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 analysis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

Please note that you can only register for a single Document Analysis Office Hour under this membership, so choose between this and the other two document analysis options before registering.

Upload your personal statement or residency application under the corresponding “Analysis” slot on your document upload portal. Dr. Mizani will determine the need for changes and recommend further editing if needed. The initial review will take place during a specialized document analysis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

Please note that you can only register for a single Document Analysis Office Hour under this membership, so choose between this and the other two document analysis options before registering.

How do I obtain a Letter of Enrollment?2020-09-27T16:50:30-07:00

Issuance of LOE may be delayed (or, rarely, declined) at the discretion of AMS; factors which may cause delays to include missing required documents for enrolled clinicals, not being in financial good standing, and performance or behavioral issues. The usage of an LOE will not guarantee anyone’s entrance into the United States. AMS is not an educational entity therefore its LOE is 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, the 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, the member agrees to the standard protocol of using an LOE on AMS letterhead instead.

How is COVID-19 going to affect my U.S. entry?2020-09-27T17:09:19-07:00

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the coronavirus (COVID-19) from a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) to a pandemic. Given the health and safety risks, ACMedical is recommending that Members traveling within and in-between the following countries review the travel guidance and health advisories issued by relevant governmental and health authorities. We are providing a list of resources for your convenience:

I did not match. What next?2021-03-22T10:40:13-07:00

Once you’ve had some time to regroup after being unmatched, you should consider the following:

  1. Learn what ACMedical can do for you: Take some time to review all the tools we have made available to you on our brand new Resources for the Unmatched page
  2. Register for an upcoming webinar: We host webinars on a monthly basis. See our next scheduled webinar by clicking here
  3. If you HAVE an active ACMedical Membership
    1. Get copies of your LORs, MSPE and any other documents you may have submitted to residency programs, then schedule to meet your Residency Mentor in an upcoming office hour
    2. Consider renewing your Membership if it will be expiring anytime prior to December of the year you are applying to the Match
  4. If you do NOT HAVE an active ACMedical Membership
    1. Get copies of your LORs, MSPE and any other documents you may have submitted to residency programs, then schedule a free 15-minute private consult with our experts so we can help you figure out what happened, and where to go from here
  5. Consider Post-Match opportunities: Locate unfilled and off-cycle residency (or possibly fellowship) positions
  6. Consider a private consultation: Considering your history and number of red-flags we’d need to help you handle, a deeper diver and a more personalized 1-on-1 meeting with Dr. Mizani may be strongly recommended
  7. Plan for the next Match: After completing the above, and with the help of ACMedical Consultants, identify the specialty your application is best suited for, then:
    1. Search for, read reviews, and book up to 5 months of U.S. clinical rotations on MyClinicals
    2. Secure 4 to 5 new U.S. Letters of Recommendation that are U.S. residency relevant, and ACGME core competency based
    3. Do not waive your rights to see your LORs or MSPE; get copies, and upload for an official analysis by your Residency Mentor
    4. Ensure that you have an active ACMedical Membership (Match Certified or Residency Prep and higher) for the entire duration of the Match cycle you are participating in. Then use your Membership benefits so our writers and editors can analyze and edit your ERAS application, personal statement
    5. Work with your ACMedical Residency Mentor to prepare your ERAS for SOAP prior to certifying it, in case you do not Match
    6. Have your entire ERAS application reviewed and approved by ACMedical Residency Mentor by no later than September 10 of the Match cycle you’re participating in (e.g. September 10, 2021 for 2022 Match)
    7. Once all of the above are complete, and your Residency Mentor clears you to apply, certify your ERAS and apply to as many programs as was recommended to you. Depending on the number of red-flags, USMLE/COMLEX attempts, gaps, quality of your LORs/MSPE and your interview skills, budget for applying to 200 (sometimes up to 600) programs by no later than September 14 of the Match cycle you are participating in (e.g. September 14, 2021 for 2022 Match)
    8. Continue to attend weekly online office hours, and learn from the entire ACMedical Member community.
I want to enter the U.S. to gain ‘Hands-on Clinical Experiences’, is this okay?2020-09-27T16:48:50-07:00

The word ‘Hands-on’ is defined differently depending on who you are speaking with:

  • As generally defined by U.S. medical residency programs:  To residency program, hands-on does not mean you diagnosed, treated, discussed treatments, prescribed, or accepted things in return for your presence in front of that patient, but instead it is much more innocent than that: Hands-on to residency programs, when speaking about U.S. clinical experiences, generally means you were insured, you spoke with patients to ask about their history and why they are there, and exchanged ideas with the clinic and physicians without practicing medicine of any kind.
  • As defined by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and all U.S. State Medical Boards: Hands-on is the practice of medicine, which requires a medical license (training or full). Even for medical students, using trigger words such as ‘hands-on’ or ‘practice’ or ‘training’ or ‘residency’ while attempting to enter the U.S. on a visitor visa (B1 or B2) may force the U.S. CBP Officer to deny your entry into the United States until such time that you have the correct type of visa (J1 or H1B or other) for training.

AmeriClerkships advises against usage of the word ‘hands-on’ for any of its clinical experiences, unless you are absolutely referring to the actual practice of medicine during residency or after residency graduation.

I’m a medical student, do I need a Letter of Enrollment or a Letter of Good Standing from my school for my rotations?2020-09-27T15:49:56-07:00

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.

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.

Loyalty Membership (Ended 12/31/2020)2021-03-31T10:09:29-07:00

Closed to enrollment as of September 30, 2020, our Loyalty Membership was 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 utilize 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 are 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://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 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. Upload your personal statement directly to your Document Upload Portal (found in your Welcome to Certified Membership email) to get started.

  1. Upon submission, please attend one of our upcoming Personal Statement Editing Sessions by registering here. During this session, our writing team will meet with you directly to provide feedback and edits directly into the document itself.
  2. After we meet, we will continue working on the document in additional sessions as well as via Google Documents. In that document, we will work together using comments and suggestions to polish the draft until you are satisfied!

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 more of our sessions at any time to review your in-progress draft and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. I signed up for the Personal Statement Review and Revision service, where do I start that?
    1. Older memberships included a slightly different version of this service that involved using a worksheet to build your answers. If your membership began on or before March 30th 2020, please email careerdevelopment@acmedical.org to get started.
  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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 + Mock Interview Membership2021-03-31T10:18:37-07:00

Includes all the benefits of a ‘Match Certified Membership’, plus ACMedical’s renowned 10 Question Mock Interview Package, conducted online via 2 recorded video meetings with a Faculty Physician. Once enrolled in this membership, you will receive instructions on how to sign up for both Interview Prep and Interview Bootcamp sessions.  Please click here for what you can expect. 

Match Certified Membership2021-03-31T10:09:46-07:00

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 are 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://acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours” for general questions OR
  3. Select “Document Analysis Office Hours” to have your LOR’s, MSPE, application or personal statement reviewed by a Faculty Physician

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. Upload your personal statement directly to your Document Upload Portal (found in your Welcome to Certified Membership email) to get started.

  1. Upon submission, please attend one of our upcoming Personal Statement Editing Sessions by registering here. During this session, our writing team will meet with you directly to provide feedback and edits directly into the document itself.
  2. After we meet, we will continue working on the document in additional sessions as well as via Google Documents. In that document, we will work together using comments and suggestions to polish the draft until you are satisfied!

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 more of our sessions at any time to review your in-progress draft and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. I signed up for the Personal Statement Review and Revision service, where do I start that?
    1. Older memberships included a slightly different version of this service that involved using a worksheet to build your answers. If your membership began on or before March 30th 2020, please email careerdevelopment@acmedical.org to get started.
  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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: MSPE by Faculty Physician” 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 analysis 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 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, the best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Click here to register and meet with Dr. Mizani and two other AmeriClerkships Certified Members (this fulfills your FEC requirements, attendance 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.

My Letter of Enrollment says “observership”; I want hands-on experiences before residency and need this changed.2020-09-27T16:58:41-07:00

Our Letters of Enrollment are written in compliance with “9 FAM 402.2 (U) TOURISTS AND BUSINESS VISITORS AND MEXICAN BORDER CROSSING CARDS – B VISAS AND BCCS (CT:VISA-1151; 09-14-2020) (Office of Origin: CA/VO)“, therefore if you are a medical student or graduate gaining not-for-credit clinical experiences, your LOE will refer to that as an “Observership”. This will not be changed, AND we certainly recommend against the usage of the terms ‘hands-on’ or ‘training’ or ‘practice’, unless you are a U.S. medical resident or licensed physician.

Payment Plan Options2021-09-22T08:53:51-07:00

We accept electronic fund transfer (wire, ACH, direct deposit), bank counter deposit (Farmers & Merchants Bank) and all major credit cards (paid online) as forms of payment. ‘Pay in Full Now’ is the only option available for ACMedical non-Clinical Block Products & Services. For Clinical Blocks, we offer the following payment plans options, allowing you to split your balance due over several weeks or months:

Pay in Full Now

Expected Payments:

  1. 100% of invoice now

Payment Plan Fee:

0%

Pay in Full in 2 Weeks

Expected Payments:

  1. 25% Now
  2. 75% in 14 Days

Details & Conditions:

Available for Clinical Block products with a minimum 4-week enrollment.  Non-Clinical Block Products & Services such as document drafting, consultations, memberships, etc. are excluded.

Payment Plan Fee:

6%

Pay in Full in 4 Weeks

Expected Payments:

  1. 25% Now
  2. 37.5% in 14 Days
  3. 37.5% in 28 Days

Details & Conditions:

Available for Clinical Block products with a minimum 4-week enrollment.  Non-Clinical Block Products & Services such as document drafting, consultations, memberships, etc. are excluded.

Payment Plan Fee:

8%

Pay in Full in 6 Weeks

Expected Payments:

  1. 25% Now
  2. 25% in 14 Days
  3. 25% in 28 Days
  4. 25% in 42 Days

Details & Conditions:

Available for Clinical Block products with a minimum 4-week enrollment.  Non-Clinical Block Products & Services such as document drafting, consultations, memberships, etc. are excluded.

Payment Plan Fee:

10%

Pay Block by Block

Expected Payments:

  1. Pay 25% Now
  2. Full cost of each Clinical Block 14 days before ‘Processing Deadline’ for that block.

Details & Conditions:

Available for Clinical Block products with a minimum 4-week enrollment.  Non-Clinical Block Products & Services such as document drafting, consultations, memberships, etc. are excluded. Pay for each upcoming clinical block-by-clinical block, so long as the payment for that clinical block is made by no later than 14 days 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 21 days (3 weeks) prior to estimated start date; if minimum processing time is 84 days (12 weeks), payment will be due 98 days (14 weeks) prior to estimated start date. The benefits of this option is that your start date at this (or comparable clinical site) will be reserved for you alone. To qualify for this Option Five, a 25% deposit + all payment plan fees + 100% of non-clinical products/services must be paid at the time of initial enrollment. Excluded Clinical Blocks: FASTart1 Clinical Blocks, For-Credit Clinical Blocks, and Controlled Clinical Sites (e.g. Program Director (PD), Inpatient (IP), Hospitalist (HOSP), Verified (V), Subinternship (SI), Postgraduate Subinternship (PGSI)).

Payment Plan Fee:

12%

Custom Payment Plan

Expected Payments:

  1. Pay 25% Now
  2. Full cost of each Clinical Block 14 days before ‘Processing Deadline’ for that block.

Details & Conditions:

Available for Clinical Block products with a minimum 4-week enrollment.  Non-Clinical Block Products & Services such as document drafting, consultations, memberships, etc. are excluded.

Scenarios #1: Requiring a Letter of Enrollment: Members requiring supporting documents evidencing tentative enrollment into ACMedical 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’ is issued if already Fully Enrolled Credentialed (FEC) with ACMedical. To avoid late fees and preserve the integrity of selected clinical blocks, any balances owed must be paid on/before Balance Due Date. Fee for Scenario #1: 10%.

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 ACMedical mainly for 3 reasons: 1) Locking in clinical selections without having to worry about fee hikes (i.e. since June 2018, 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 ACMedical, 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 ERAS/ECFMG by no later than ERAS certification date). ACMedical Consultants 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). Fee for Scenario #1: 10%.

Payment Plan Fee:

Variable

* A fee of $39/month will be assessed for all late payments. Please speak with your Enrollment Consultant for a customized payment structure if you enroll less than 35 days before the start date of Clinical Block 1. Please review our Terms of Use for General Policies for Changes & Cancellations.
Required Documents & becoming Fully Enrolled & Credentialed (FEC)2021-06-30T14:15:53-07:00

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 OnlineNotary or NotaryCam (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.

Residency Reentry Membership2021-03-10T15:45:42-07:00

Our Residency Reentry 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 attempting to bring your former GME and Program Director (PD) on board and on your side, as we devise a reentry plan for you into the most appropriate specialty as agreed upon by all stakeholders.  Other benefits include maintaining continuity of benefits through regular access to your Mentor via online office hours, up to 10 min of private session with your Mentor after each office hour, rapid 5-min consults with your mentor during regular business hours, ERAS and PS edits, as well as LOR and MSPE analysis services for your next application to residency. Once your ACMedical Mentor determines that you may be placed to come in contact with patients (typically after speaking with your former program), you will be offered the opportunity to be placed in high-value Postgraduate Subinternship rotations for the purpose of securing new re-entry focused LORs from new PDs, all of which will help boost your residency chances at our affiliated hospitals and in the general Match.

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

Arguably the most critical benefit of this membership is our ability to speak with your former Program Director, and devise an anticipatory reentry plan which he/she also agrees with. Typically after this discussion, your Mentor can determine if we can place you in any of our clinical sites for you to come in contact with patients; if approved, you can then enroll in our PD supervised or GME sanctioned Postgraduate Subinternship slots to strategically rebuild your residency application.

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 are 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://acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours” for general questions OR
  3. Select “Document Analysis Office Hours” to have your LOR’s, MSPE, application or personal statement reviewed by a Faculty Physician

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. Upload your personal statement directly to your Document Upload Portal (found in your Welcome to Certified Membership email) to get started.

  1. Upon submission, please attend one of our upcoming Personal Statement Editing Sessions by registering here. During this session, our writing team will meet with you directly to provide feedback and edits directly into the document itself.
  2. After we meet, we will continue working on the document in additional sessions as well as via Google Documents. In that document, we will work together using comments and suggestions to polish the draft until you are satisfied!

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 more of our sessions at any time to review your in-progress draft and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. I signed up for the Personal Statement Review and Revision service, where do I start that?
    1. Older memberships included a slightly different version of this service that involved using a worksheet to build your answers. If your membership began on or before March 30th 2020, please email careerdevelopment@acmedical.org to get started.
  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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: MSPE by Faculty Physician” 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 analysis 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.

Resident In-Trouble Membership2020-12-30T11:17:58-07:00

Our Resident In-Trouble Membership is designed to give you direct access to an ACMedical Faculty Physician with extensive experience overcoming personal residency challenges, who will serve as your Mentor.

Your Mentor will provide you expert advice in navigating the challenging situation you are facing during your residency, many of which may lead to an involuntary resignation or termination from the program if not prevented in a timely fashion. By providing a variety of private consultation sessions, as well as key document analysis, your Mentor will be able to create an action plan for you to act on to save your standing at the program. Additional consultation hours can be added depending on the severity or nuances of your situation, so be sure to let your ACMedical Mentor know if you want more time.

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

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 are 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.

One of the first questions asked in a situation like this is “What happened?”. The answer to this question can make or break your position, so having the facts of probation or termination, as well as solutions to the problems that led to them, is essential. Dr. Mizani will conduct a review and analysis 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 “Consult: Resident In-Trouble Strategy” slot and meet with Dr. Mizani. Click here to register.

Meet with Dr. Mizani to discuss the next steps in responding to a probation notice that you are either facing in the future or are currently serving. This is to determine what steps to take before, during, and after the probation if it is indeed served. Click here to register.

Meet with Dr. Mizani to review your dismissal letter appeal if you are currently facing dismissal. This session can involve drafting a dismissal letter appeal but may need additional time depending on the severity of the situation. Click here to register.

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://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 “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: MSPE by Faculty Physician” 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 analysis office hour session. Click here to register. Additional reviews or revisions can only be conducted in private consults.

On your behalf, Dr. Mizani will initiate a discussion with 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 rehabilitation. How Dr. Mizani should approach this discussion will be a topic during your first strategy session.

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.

Resident Mentor Membership2020-12-30T11:18:42-07:00

Our Residency Mentor Membership is designed to provide you a private channel to speak with an experienced advocate whose goal is to help you overcome the many challenges residents like you are faced with each day, but may not want to speak with your residency about.

Please expand each section below to learn how to utilize each benefit, and don’t forget to bookmark your Document Upload Portal, the link to which is contained in the “AmeriClerkships Resident Mentor Membership Instructions” 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://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 “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours.

Utilize Dr. Mizani’s expertise in navigating the hurdles of PGY-1 residency by contacting him with all questions using the following means:

  • Text him with any Yes/No style questions, and
  • Email him at pedram.mizani@acmedical.org for more complicated questions that can take longer to respond to, and
  • Rapid 10-minute phone consults on any topic during regular business hours (Mondays to Thursdays 10a to 4p, and Fridays 10a to 3p; check availability for the call via text first).

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.

SOAP Certified with Guarantee Membership2021-03-31T10:22:03-07:00

Our SOAP Certified with Guarantee Membership is the benchmark membership for AmeriClerkships, with additional SOAP-specific benefits to supplement your chances during Match Week’s Supplemental Offer & Acceptance Program (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 utilize each benefit:

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 are 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://acmedical.org/online-meetings/
  2. Select “Dr. Mizani’s Online Office Hours” for general questions OR
  3. Select “Document Analysis Office Hours” to have your LOR’s, MSPE, application or personal statement reviewed by a Faculty Physician

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. Upload your personal statement directly to your Document Upload Portal (found in your Welcome to Certified Membership email) to get started. Do it again for the second statement in your second “Editing: Personal Statement” slot you wish to create and our team will discuss a plan for both statements in your first session.

  1. Upon submission, please attend one of our upcoming Personal Statement Editing Sessions by registering here. During this session, our writing team will meet with you directly to provide feedback and edits directly into the document itself.
  2. After we meet, we will continue working on the document in additional sessions as well as via Google Documents. In that document, we will work together using comments and suggestions to polish the draft until you are satisfied!

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 more of our sessions at any time to review your in-progress draft and get verbal feedback from the team.
  2. I signed up for the Personal Statement Review and Revision service, where do I start that?
    1. Older memberships included a slightly different version of this service that involved using a worksheet to build your answers. If your membership began on or before March 30th 2020, please email careerdevelopment@acmedical.org to get started.
  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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 “Editing: Residency Application” 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 “Analysis: LOR by Faculty Physician” 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 Analysis Office Hours.

Upload your MSPE and medical school transcripts (in PDF format) through your Document Upload Portal under the “Analysis: MSPE by Faculty Physician” 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 analysis 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 with Dr. Mizani to strategize in anticipation of SOAP. He will discuss your personal circumstances, which specialties to focus on, how to secure letters of recommendation in those areas, the best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more with two other SOAP members to facilitate a discussion. Click here to register (this fulfills your FEC requirements, attendance 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.

SOAP™ Certified + Mock Interview (Upgrade)2021-03-31T10:27:37-07:00

This membership upgrade is available to current Match Certified type Members, and only available November 1st to March 15th. Ideal if you have secured less than 6 same specialty interviews by November 14, 2021. Best if combined with PGY1Connect clinicals, and adds the following benefits to all the benefits of a Match Certified type Membership:

Step 1: Register for Orientations & Meet the Team2021-03-19T00:25:30-07:00

Through these required live-online orientations, you will get to know your AmeriClerkships representatives using Google Meet. Click each toggle below that applies to you, and register for the soonest available date and time to meet (the sooner, the better):

We’re so glad you’ve joined ACMedical! In this orientation, we will discuss every step to you becoming Fully Enrolled & Credentialed (FEC) and ensure all of your questions are answered:

  1. Click here to register for Credentialing & Membership Orientation
  2. During this Orientation, meet both your Credentialing Specialist (Carlos Martinez; assisting you with timely internal and external credentialing for your upcoming clinical blocks) and Career Development Coordinator (Cody Phan; helping you navigate your path in a career in healthcare, explaining your membership benefits, and editing your key documents)

Excellent; glad you’re taking advantage of our portfolio of ‘Postgraduate Subinternship’ (PGSI) clinical offerings, designed to have you network and rotate with resident selection committee members and other decision-makers:

  1. Click here to register for an upcoming Postgraduate Subinternship Orientation. You will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Mizani, ask questions about your video you are about to watch (#2 below) pertaining to your upcoming PGSI, and gain key insights to successfully navigate your way within U.S. Graduate Medical Education, among active U.S. medical residency faculty, residents, and even program directors.
  2. Once registered for above orientation, you will receive an email with a private link to a 37 minute welcome-recording presented to you by Dr. Mizani on Youtube.  Jot down any questions which this recoding does not answer, then attend the mandatory “Orientation: Postgraduate Subinternship” to complete this PGSI orientation requirement.

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).

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

If required, your ACMedical Credentialing Specialist will provide you details on how to fulfill this requirement. Please note that hospitals and other non-ACMedical institutions are not as lenient as ACMedical, 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.

Please note:

  • We use Google Meet software platforms for all online meetings and webinars. 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.
  • 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.
  • While in session, you may need to reload your Google Meet URL (exit and come back in) if the host is unable to hear you, even if you are able to hear others.
  • Members who do not attend a required orientation on time for any reason can make up the webinar at the next available date at no additional charge. However, if there are no available orientation dates before a member’s FEC by date (check your inbox for email subject “FEC Instructions & Required Documents”) after you’ve already changed a previously scheduled orientation, you may be required to pay a $150 fee to set up a private orientation with Dr. Mizani to fulfill their enrollment requirements.
  • Hospital Orientations may be offered only once a month, so please ask in advance, and plan accordingly so as to not affect your estimated Clinical Block Start Date.
Step 2: Register for a Strategy Sessions & Meet Your Mentor2021-03-19T00:25:42-07:00

A benefit of certain memberships, and requirement for FEC includes speaking privately with a personal and seasoned mentor to strategize, in anticipation of Matching into, reentering, or surviving US medical residency. Your mentor will discuss your personal circumstances, latest evidence-based support for the advices provided, ways to optimize your clinical rotations, how to secure letters of recommendation, best ways to utilize your membership benefits, and much more. Please correspond the below links to your Membership type, and register for your session(s):

While these memberships do not include a private strategy session, you can register and attend 2 (two) free online office hours with a faculty physician, such as Dr. Mizani

  • 1 Free Access Pass to Weekly Online Office Hours: A 30-minute semi-private online Q&A session hosted by an ACMedical Mentor, limited to ACMedical Members only. Click here to register.
  • 1 Free Access Pass to Weekly Document Analysis: A semi-private Document Analysis Session where Letters of Recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluations, Personal Statement & ERAS Application uploaded by ACMedical Members are dissected, analyzed and rated so you know if that document should be used in the upcoming Match, edited or shelved! Click here to register.

These membership provides a 45-minute semi-private strategy session with your Residency Mentor, with previous resident selection committee experience (e.g. Dr. Mizani):

  1. Residency Strategy Session: Click here to register

Registration is required for FEC, but you may attend after FEC.

This 45 Minute SOAP Strategy session is your opportunity to discuss your background and strategize a plan to maximize your chances of being interviewed by an unfilled program during Match Week’s Supplemental Offer & Acceptance Program (SOAP), with an ACMedical designated Resident Selection Committee Member (RSCM). You may also learn from up to 2 other Members also applying to SOAP, therefore this session is semi-private.

  1. SOAP Residency Strategy Session: Click here to register

Registration is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC).

In this session, your private residency mentor will help you and up to 2 other Resident Mentor Members recognize looming troubles before things get out of hand. You will also learn how to identify and get along with resident-bullies, and how to avoid getting on the resident-in-trouble radar. Goal is to help minimize residency stressors, learn how to get along with everyone, and complete your PGY without interruptions, remediations, residency repeat or being forced to take a leave of absence:

  1. Resident Mentor Strategy: Click here to register.

Registration for only the first session is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC).

This session is designed for current U.S. medical residents who have been asked to speak with the Program Director for any type of wrongdoing, or been warned of, or placed on remediation or probation. In this meeting, your seasoned mentor will examine all the facts that led up to your current situation, including your residency evaluations and any other relevant documents to ensure that weaknesses are identified and addressed. Our goal is to help you avoid a forced-leave or dismissal from residency:

  1. Resident In-Trouble Strategy: Click here to register.

Registration for only the first session is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC).

What led to you resigning or being terminated from a U.S. medical residency program is a traumatic experience, yet every aspect of this dismissal must be analyzed. In this 60-minute private online meeting, your seasoned mentor will review all pertinent documents, and devise a residency re-entry strategy for you:

  1. Reentry Strategy Part 1: Click here to register for the first session

Registration for only the first session is required for FEC (attendance can take place after FEC). Registration link for part 2 will be provided to you at a later time.

Step 3: Digitally acknowledge our ‘Commitment to Clarity’2021-03-19T00:46:30-07:00

In order to ensure that you continue to have a pleasant experience with AmeriClerkships and our affiliated clinical sites, we’ve compiled this page to answer the most commonly-asked questions and addresses the dilemmas encountered most often by our past members. You will find much of this page’s content in the AmeriClerkships Enrollment Agreement that you will be asked to sign when you decide to enroll, therefore we encourage you to please set aside ~8 minutes to familiarize yourself with how AmeriClerkships operates. If you have any questions before completing the signature form at the bottom of this page, please email us directly at credentialing@acmedical.org. Please note that this is a required enrollment document, and must be completed before starting any clinical experience with AmeriClerkships.

Full Enrollment Certification status requires that all documents (both internal and external credentialing documents) necessary for you to begin your rotation are submitted and approved in advance of your FEC deadline (see below). This also includes attendance to any required orientations run by AmeriClerkships or an affiliated clinical site. 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).  AmeriClerkships members may only enter healthcare facilities that they have been expressly authorized to enter after becoming Full Enrollment Certified (documented in the FINAL CONFIRMATION email which is sent to members prior to the start of each clinical block).

FEC deadlines are based on your clinical rotation start date. To ensure your clinical rotation will start as scheduled, all documents must be submitted and approved no later than 14 days before your scheduled start date. If there are external credentialing documents required by the hospital, then your FEC deadline will be adjusted to allow time for hospital processing as soon as the hospital processing requirements are confirmed by our credentialing team. Late document submission will incur additional fees, including a $199 FASTart1 expedited processing fee.

We offer both inpatient & outpatient clinical opportunities, as well as Live Online Clinical Experiences, to 3 categories of members: 1) Not-for-credit clinical experiences to pre-meds, medical students and graduates, including Postgraduate Subinternships for medical graduates, 2) For-credit clinical clerkships/electives to medical students and residents, and 3) For-credit clinical externships to vocational healthcare students (i.e. medical assistants & nurses).

Yes, and possible legal limitations. For example, medical student clerkships are educational and needed to graduate (for-credit), therefore require more involvement in patient care (i.e. phlebotomy, initiating exams & 1st assisting in surgeries). In contrast, medical graduate clinical experiences are, by law, recreational activities that are voluntary in nature (not-for-credit) and used to build a residency applicant’s CV by exposing them to how medicine is practiced in the US through assisting with histories, exams, procedures & patient rounds, with possible performance-based letters of recommendations at the end (details: https://acmedical.org/frequently-asked-questions/). Live Online Clinical Experiences are also different in that interactions and recommendations are limited to what is offered via video conferencing or phone access by the attending physician.

Clinical Features outline opportunities for inpatient exposure, varying types of hospitals, attending status, and verification.

  • ‘Community Healthcare Experience’ (CHE): mainly outpatient, with inpatient unlikely
  • ‘Hospital Guarantee’ (HG): opportunity to visit a hospital < 50% of your time at that clinical site
  • ‘Teaching Hospital Guarantee’ (THG): opportunity to visit an ACGME or AOA-recognized hospital < 50% of your time at that clinical site
  • ‘Inpatient’ (IP): opportunity to visit an HG or THG  > 50% of your time at that clinical site
  • ‘Hospitalist’ (HOSP): ~100% of your time at that clinical site will be spent in an HG or THG
  • Verified’ (V): an HG or THG sanctioned by a hospital, or healthcare system
  • ‘Postgraduate Subinternship’ (PGSI): placed with residency faculty, or program director directly through a Graduate Medical Education department
  • ‘Program Director’ (PD): supervised by a program director as primary attending physician

In response to COVID-19, AmeriClerkships has begun rolling out Live Online Clinical Experiences at select clinical sites, allowing for remote shadowing and research opportunities while the pandemic is ongoing. These learning opportunities can be as rigorous and demanding as normal in-person rotations while providing safety and comfort for our members and affiliated physicians by mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19. Live Online Clinical Experiences do not require the same documents (such as immunizations) as other in-person experiences due to the lack of physical contact, but still require notarized documents and orientations to be uploaded and completed before beginning the experience. Contact credentialing@acmedical.org with any questions.

  • Your clinical experience is determined by 6 factors: 1) Your level of medical education, 2) The ‘Clinical Feature’ of the clinical site you enroll in, 3) Your availability (ability to meet your supervisor regardless of the time or day of week), 4) Your access to reliable transportation (car, Uber, Lyft is highly recommended), for in-person rotations 5) Your willingness to travel to different cities for in-person rotations, 6) Your professionalism (always look interested in this specialty, volunteer to do case presentations and be respectful)
  • Your career development experience & Match outcome is determined by 11 factors: 1) Having the time (6-18 months) & ability (both a realistic budget & determination) to follow through with our personalized recommendations, 2) USMLE performances, 3) Commitment to 1 specialty & familiarity with US healthcare culture through 4 to 5 months of residency relevant US clinical experiences, 4) Strength and ACGME focus of your 4 to 5 ‘unwaived’ US letters of recommendation, 5) Your English proficiency, as well as interview & interpersonal skills, 6) Community & volunteer work with specialty-specific non-profits, 7) Your AmeriClerkships Membership level, 8) Having all of the above carefully represented and consistently documented in a high-quality residency application + its supporting documents (including personal statements), aka ‘your medical brand’, 9) Budget to apply to 200+ programs/relevant specialty on time (9/15), 10) Attending, acing & ranking all interviews, and 11) Some luck!

Unfortunately yes, there is a small chance. Despite our extensive pre-approval & confirmation process, your designated Attending Physician may become unavailable due to unannounced travels, double-booking through local schools, or unforeseen emergencies. Not to worry; we typically have back up clinical sites with the same or better ‘Clinical Features’ on reserve within 50 miles of your original clinical site’s zip code. If we do need to upgrade your clinical site to a more expensive one (within 50 miles of your original site), to preserve your start date, then we will do so at no cost to you.

No. Supervising attending physicians utilized by AmeriClerkships are independent contractors, who by law are not bound by fixed schedules, rules or locations. AmeriClerkships utilizes its years of experience in communicating with each physician and/or clinical site administrator(s) to help minimize unexpected changes, but that may not always be possible.

You can, but at that point, AmeriClerkships will have fulfilled its obligations to provide you with clinical experience, and therefore completed the service we were contracted to provide.

Not often; most backup clinical sites are within the same city limits, approximately 20 miles from one another. However, by enrolling with AmeriClerkships, you agree to travel up to 50 miles from your originally scheduled clinical site (again unlikely, but possible) to gain your clinical experience.

Public transportation is time-consuming, unsafe or unavailable 24 hours/day, and not accessible to city suburbs. Your supervising physician may round at multiple hospitals, take night calls, or visit hospitals located near city limits, and they will not want to inconvenience you if they believe you are unable to make it on time due to transportation issues. Note that asking the physician or their staff for a ride is both unprofessional and filled with potential risks and liabilities.

AmeriClerkships requires that all members attending in-person rotations prove residence within the state of their future clinical site at least 14 days prior to attending and again 4 days prior, along with acknowledgment that you are asymptomatic for COVID-19. An email will be sent to you directly asking you these questions closer to your start date. This is to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, and applies any time COVID-19 containment is recommended by the state or federal health agencies. This requirement may be dropped when the pandemic subsides; check here for updates and additional details.

No! The nature of the experiences don’t require traveling, so if transportation is a large barrier to your ability to complete the rotation, ask our team about potentially switching to a Live Online Clinical Experience.

We completely understand, which is why we have created a very informative page just for you called “5 Types of U.S. Clinical Clerkships for Non-U.S. Medical Students”. Please click here to visit it.

Once you complete your enrollment, you will receive an email with the subject “Copy of Your Signed AmeriClerkships Enrollment Agreement” in your inbox. Also, please click here to visit our Terms & Conditions page online.

Click here to review what is included in your type of membership.

Please contact your Residency Consultant to see if you qualify.

Inpatient exposure is determined by the ‘Clinical Feature’ of your clinical site, and your ability to get to the hospital(s). If your supervising attending conducts 4-6 AM patient rounds, or he calls you for a delivery or ER admission at 2 AM, and you’re unable to get to the hospital, because of over-reliance on public transportation, then you are forfeiting your inpatient exposure opportunity. For Live Online Clinical Experiences, your availability still applies, but because of COVID-19 outbreaks, your attending physician’s normal inpatient availability may change or reduced as a result.

Yes, but only in ‘PGSI’ (Postgraduate Subinternship) designated clinical sites (details: https://acmedical.org/pgsi/).

Please click here to visit the AMS Resources page; the password will be shared with you once you become a member of AmeriClerkships.

Please visit https://acmedical.org/online-meetings/. On this page, you will also be able to access all of our webinars and/or meetings that come with your membership such as Career Development Office Hours, Dr. Mizani’s Document Analysis and General Questions Office Hours, as well as any upcoming scheduled webinars.

  1. Prior to Enrollment: please contact your Residency Consultant directly!
  2. Immediately after your enrollment: you will be given your own login access to your “MyClinicals” page, where the contact information for additional AmeriClerkships personnel and their particular role in your enrollment are mentioned.

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.

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Step 4: Notarize documents online2021-06-30T14:20:52-07:00

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 Documents Online: Electronically notarized documents sent by any sender other than the following 2 entities may be rejected:

  1. BEST OPTION: Please visit ACMedical’s official notary document upload and scheduling portal at OnlineNotary; once uploaded, a Notary Public will typically meet you the same day online, if not within minutes of your document upload. Once notarized, ACMedical Credentialing Specialists will be immediately notified by OnlineNotary.
  2. Backup Option: In case OnlineNotary is backed up or unavailable, please visit ACMedical’s official notary portal at NotaryCam. You must the schedule to meet a Notary Publics in a few days from when you upload your document, which can jeopardize a soon to come Clinical Block start date.  You must also request for the digitally notarized documents to be sent directly from NotaryCam to documents@acmedical.org. If you can not find an appointment to meet a Notary Public at NotaryCam within 1-2 days, please email support@acmedical.org, and we will attempt to find you an earlier appointment. However, we recommend that you use OnlineNotary to avoid this issue all together.

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 OnlineNotary and Notarycam are 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 4: Notarize documents online2021-06-30T14:20:31-07:00

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 Documents Online: Electronically notarized documents sent by any sender other than the following 2 entities may be rejected:

  1. BEST OPTION: Please visit ACMedical’s official notary document upload and scheduling portal at OnlineNotary; once uploaded, a Notary Public will typically meet you the same day online, if not within minutes of your document upload. Once notarized, ACMedical Credentialing Specialists will be immediately notified by OnlineNotary.
  2. Backup Option: In case OnlineNotary is backed up or unavailable, please visit ACMedical’s official notary portal at NotaryCam. You must the schedule to meet a Notary Publics in a few days from when you upload your document, which can jeopardize a soon to come Clinical Block start date.  You must also request for the digitally notarized documents to be sent directly from NotaryCam to documents@acmedical.org. If you can not find an appointment to meet a Notary Public at NotaryCam within 1-2 days, please email support@acmedical.org, and we will attempt to find you an earlier appointment. However, we recommend that you use OnlineNotary to avoid this issue all together.

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 OnlineNotary and Notarycam are 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, and not expire during scheduled clinicals. All documents must be in English:

  1. Naturalization certificate with picture (any country), OR
  2. Passport picture and information page (any country), OR
  3. U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card; front and back), OR
  4. U.S. Employment Authorization Card with picture, OR
  5. Government issued identification and birth certificate (any country).
Step 5: Digitally upload documents2021-03-19T00:46:19-07:00

In order to protect your security and properly process your required documents in the order in which they were received, please do not email them as attachments. Please upload your documents online using your personal ACMedical Document Upload Portal (DUP; URL to DUP will be provided in an email “Subject: FEC Instructions & Required Documents” immediately following your Membership with ACMedical).

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.

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), whether ‘In-Person’ or ‘Live Online’ method of participation, then scan and send back.

Step 5: Digitally upload documents2021-08-12T17:02:28-07:00

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. Ensure that you check if your health insurance provider will provide COVID-19 coverage. It is not required that your health insurance does cover COVID-19 treatment; you may still begin rotations with AmeriClerkships, but we recommend it. 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 limit at minimum’)
    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

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

1. Positive tetanus toxin antibody titers (or proof of vaccination), AND

2. Positive HBsAB titers (or proof of vaccination), AND

3. Positive varicella antibody titers (or proof of vaccination), AND

4. Positive triple antibody titers to Mumps & Measles & Rubella (or proof of vaccination), 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.

FAQ

Establishing Immunity to MMR Immunity:

  1. Titers frequency: 1x (can be anytime in lifetime)
  2. If positive: Do nothing
  3. If negative + 2 documented doses of MMR: Presumed immune
  4. Note: Documented age-appropriate vaccination supersedes the results of subsequent serologic testing. Because rapid vaccination is necessary to halt disease transmission, during outbreaks of measles, serologic screening before vaccination is not recommended.
  5. Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6007a1.htm

Do my titers expire? How long are they valid for rotations at ACMedical?

  • Most vaccines/immunity do last a long time, however, there are also cases where the immunity decreases or goes away over time. It is especially important to know that:
    • Most people don’t need to have their titers checked routinely if they are not in one of the high-risk groups such as pregnant women, healthcare workers, students in nursing and medical schools, children and adults exposed in an outbreak or after a needlestick injury;
    • A healthcare provider with a negative measles titer after two doses of the MMR vaccine does not need another dose of vaccine, but a titer may be requested without proof of vaccination;
    • A healthcare provider who has anti-HBs <10 mIU/mL (negative titer) should get another dose of a vaccine and repeat titers again in 1 to 2 months, even if they have had three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine administered, so the only way to know this is by doing updated titers (up to a total of 6 doses may be required, with repeat titer testing);
    • Vaccinated women of childbearing age who have received one or two doses of rubella-containing vaccine and have rubella serum IgG levels that are not clearly positive should be administered one additional dose of MMR vaccine, with a maximum of three doses, and should not be tested again (again, a repeat titer is needed to assess for this);
    • Postvaccination titer testing is not recommended after the chickenpox vaccine in addition to not being able to test titers for pertussis and Hib immunity, it is becoming difficult to test poliovirus type 2 titers, as the test uses a live virus that isn’t routinely available anymore (type 2 polio has been eradicated)

What if I cannot repeat titers?

  • If you do not want to repeat titers, we can accept your official documented proof of vaccination for all communicable diseases in English instead.

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), whether ‘In-Person’ or ‘Live Online’ method of participation, then scan and send back.

Step 6: Complete 2 online quizzes2021-03-19T00:37:43-07:00

There are two required quizzes prior to FEC, for ‘In-Person’ Clinical Blocks. Click each toggle below, and follow the instructions:

  1. Click here for studyguide and to take a short quiz now
  2. Password provided in email “Subject: FEC Instructions & Required Documents
  3. Passing >= 80% (notified by email post-quiz)
  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. Password provided in email “Subject: FEC Instructions & Required Documents
  4. Passing >= 80% (notified by email post-quiz)
Step 7: Possible additional requirements2021-03-19T00:40:50-07:00

The below documents will fulfill the processing requirements of the majority of our clinical sites. However, certain hospital 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 in U.S. Clinical Experience Orientation: 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

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.

Your attending physician is expecting you to be mindful of how COVID-19 has changed medicine. You must be symptom-free from COVID-19 by no later than 3 days prior to your confirmed Clinical Block Start Date in order to begin. Before you report as scheduled, please click here to complete the CDC Coronavirus Self Checker, and note that:

  • If CDC instructs you to “Call a medical professional or stay home“: You will be asked to not report to your Clinical Block. Instead you must seek treatment and immediately notify us by filing a support case, and we will help you reschedule to when you’re feeling better.
  • If CDC instructs you to “Simply monitor your symptoms or do nothing”: You may report to your Clinical Block as instructed.

In the event an AmeriClerkships clinical site requires a negative COVID-19 test for your upcoming in-person clinical block, AmeriClerkships will only accept COVID-19 Antigen (SARS CORONAVIRUS WITH CoV-2 RNA, QUALITATIVE REAL-TIME RT-PCR) results to fulfill this requirement, which must be done by no later than 3 days prior to actual start date. This is due to the relative accuracy of this test as opposed to rapid-result testing. Please take into consideration that this test can take several days to be read. Also please note that clinical sites may require this test at any time, so we apologize in advance if this requirement causes a delay in your start date. If the delay is more than 3 days, then we will do our best to request (but can not guarantee outcome) that the clinical site allows you to make up for those lost days. All expenses associated with fulfilling this requirement is that of the AmeriClerkships Member; AmeriClerkships is not responsible for lost time, or any expenses associated with fulfilling this requirement. Member is responsible for fully cooperating to identify a testing site that can fulfill the above requirement immediately (same day) since delays in securing a COVID-19 Ag test result can cause delays or cancellations of a clinical block with no further recourse.

Most Clinical Sites are accepting proof of a full-course of COVID-19 vaccination (1 or 2 doses, depending on vaccine manufacturer) in lieu of negative COVID-19 test for your upcoming in-person clinical block. In order to qualify, you must submit a photo of the official COVID-19 vaccination record which clearly states your name, date(s) of vaccination(s), and name of manufacturer. The name on the card must match your name and all other documents required for credentialing with ACMedical.

Step 7: Possible additional requirements2021-03-19T00:46:14-07:00

Although highly unlikely, certain Clinical Sites may require additional steps to process your Live Online approval, some of which may take up to 2 weeks to fulfill (i.e. international background checks, online meeting with the ). Your timely cooperation in fulfilling any additional requirements 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 remotely experience that particular healthcare facility.

Step 8: Get $100 Credit on File for becoming FEC in 7 days2021-03-19T00:46:44-07:00

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’.

What happens if my visa is denied even with the Letter of Enrollment?2020-09-27T17:11:00-07:00

In that case, members can eligible for a partial AmeriClerkships Credit on File, or ask to switch their in-person U.S. clinical block to a ‘Live Online’ method of participation. Please refer to your signed Enrollment Agreement for more details.

What is AmeriClerkships “Commitment to Clarity”?2021-06-30T14:11:18-07:00

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 the most important mutual commitments made by AmeriClerkships Medical Society and its members, but it does not replace or in any way alter the Enrollment 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. Change of location is irrelevant for “Live Online” Clinical Blocks so long as the Attending Physician is practicing anywhere in United States or its territories.
  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 any 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 Title/Status: An AP’s current position and possible influence within the medical education community, or their title within a healthcare facility.
    8. Method of Participation (or Method): Identifies how you will experience your upcoming clinical block(s), meaning:
      • In-Person: You show up to the clinic or hospital or other healthcare facilities in-person, and be supervised and gain patient exposure within the U.S. healthcare system on-site; patients, however, may be seen and getting treatments in-person, or logged in via telehealth. AP must always be present on-site if you are participating ‘In-Person’. The credentialing process for in-person is often lengthier and includes immunizations and US legal immigration status, which can be more time consuming;
      • Live Online: Instead of showing up to the healthcare facility in-person and on-site, you log into a web session or a phone conference line or other means of digital communication with your AP and patients remotely, often from the comfort of your home. AP may be providing care from any location (including from within his/her healthcare facility) and supervising you remotely. This often means an much easier credentialing process (no immunization or U.S. legal immigration status required) and in turn, much faster start times. Please note that Live Online is not a replacement for In-Person CBs, but merely a supplement so you can gain exposure into telehealth. Live Online is still in its infantile stages of development, filled with known and unknown challenges and rapidly changing due to shifts in patient volumes seen via telehealth and therefore, by enrolling in a Live Online CS, Member is acknowledging that changes are expected, and they will be completely flexible and cooperative. Therefore In-Person should always be your first choice when looking to obtain any U.S. clinical experience.
      • In-Person & Live Online: You may choose to participate in either method, or elect to have some of your clinical experiences be done via Live Online and others in-person (which will require that you undergo full credentialing).
    9. 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) or Fellowship Director (FD): CS that are supervised by residency PD’s, enabling Members to solicit for letters of recommendation from those PD or FDs;
      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 (1-49%, so <50%) teaching hospital exposure;
      4. Hospital Guarantee (HG): Opportunity for partial (1-49%, so <50%) community hospital exposure;
      5. Inpatient (IP): Opportunity for majority (50-99%, so >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.
      9. Live Online (LO): A new way of experiencing U.S. healthcare systems from the comfort of your home. Other than the setting, everything else about LO is the same as ‘In-Person’. You can choose from Live Online Clinical Experience (LOCE) or Live Online Research Experience (LORE). The credentialing for LOCE and LORE does not include U.S. immigration or immunizations and therefore, you may not show up to the supervisor’s healthcare facility in-person without the express written permission of AmeriClerkships.
  7. Credentialing: You are responsible for Internal Credentialing (for AmeriClerkships) and any External Credentialing (by various healthcare facilities who may permit you to enter their premises). There may be additional fees associated with certain External Credentialing requirements, which can vary from person to person, and you agree to be responsible for. Any delays on your end on External Credentialing may jeopardize the start of your scheduled clinicals, including possibility of cancellation without any recourse if AmeriClerkships is unable to meet specific deadlines due to any delays.
  8. Please read the AMS Enrollment Agreement (especially its cancellation policy), as well as our Terms & Conditions located (here): You agree that you have read, 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. Credit on File (COF): AmeriClerkships COF can be used towards any AmeriClerkships product or service with the following exceptions: it may not be applied towards a new AMS Membership (COF may be applied to Membership Renewals), products and services discounted via a promotion, change fees, expedited processing fees, or fees associated with outside services (i.e. shipping & handling, onlinenotary.net, notarycam.com, etc.). If used for private consultations, COF may only pay for up to 33% of the cost. COF can be transferred ONLY ONCE to a qualified friend by filing a support case at acmedical.org/support and following a series of authorization emails to release the balance or a portion of the COF to your friend’s account.
What is the minimum requirement to get my Letter of Enrollment?2020-09-27T16:51:28-07:00

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).

What is the purpose of my visit if I am enrolled in ‘U.S. Elective Clerkships’, and asked by a U.S. CBP Officer?2020-09-27T16:42:03-07:00

If entering the U.S. to gain U.S. clinical experience as a medical student during your clinical years of medical education (equivalent to 3rd or 4th years of a U.S. medical school), your purpose of entering the United States is to start U.S. Elective Clerkships which you have enrolled in. Note:

  1. Contact AmeriClerkships to see if you qualify for an AmeriClerkships Letter of Enrollment; once you receive it, read it, familiarize yourself with its content;
  2. Be truthful;
  3. Read about immigration laws pertaining to ‘Medical Clerkships’ which are ‘For Credit’ at https://fam.state.gov/fam/09FAM/09FAM040202.html, and use these to further support your entry into the U.S.:
    1. 9 FAM 402.2-5(E)(3) (U) Clerkship (CT:VISA-933; 08-30-2019): (U) Medical Clerkship: An alien who is studying at a foreign medical school and seeks to enter the United States temporarily in order to take an “elective clerkship” at a U.S. medical school’s hospital without remuneration from the hospital. The medical clerkship is only for medical students pursuing their normal third or fourth year internship in a U.S. medical school as part of a foreign medical school degree. (An “elective clerkship” affords practical experience and instructions in the various disciplines of medicine under the supervision and direction of faculty physicians at a U.S. medical school’s hospital as an approved part of the alien’s foreign medical school education. It does not apply to graduate medical training, which is restricted by INA 212(e) and normally requires a J-visa.)
  4. Even for medical students, using trigger words such as ‘hands-on’ or ‘practice’ or ‘training’ or ‘residency’ while attempting to enter the U.S. on a visitor visa (B1 or B2) may force the U.S. CBP Officer to deny your entry into the United States until such time that you have the correct type of visa (J1 or H1B or other) for training.
What is the purpose of my visit if I am enrolled in a ‘U.S. Clinical Observerships’, and asked by a U.S. CBP Officer?2020-09-27T16:39:34-07:00

One of the biggest mistakes made by visiting medical students and graduates is that they oversell themselves, or exaggerate what they will be doing. Most make these mistakes due to language barriers, or usage of certain trigger words too loosely (e.g. ‘hands-on’ or ‘practice’ or ‘training’, which requires a J1 or H1B or other training types of visas). Being interviewed by the U.S. CBP Officer is not a residency or a job interview; they want to be sure that you have the correct type of visa, that you can support yourself, and that you are being truthful. Therefore:

  1. Contact AmeriClerkships to see if you qualify for an AmeriClerkships Letter of Enrollment; once you receive it, read it, familiarize yourself with its content;
  2. Be truthful;
  3. Read about immigration laws pertaining to ‘Clinical Observerships’ (Medical Doctors) or ‘Vocational Activities’ (Medical Students) which are both ‘Not for Credit’ at https://fam.state.gov/fam/09FAM/09FAM040202.html, and use these as the reasons for your U.S. entry.
    1. 9 FAM 402.2-5(E)(3) (U) Clerkship (U) Clerkship (CT:VISA-933; 08-30-2019): (U) Business or other Professional or Vocational Activities: An alien who is coming to the United States merely and exclusively to observe the conduct of business or other professional or vocational activity may be classified B-1, provided the alien pays for his or her own expenses. However, aliens, often students, who seek to gain practical experience through on-the-job training or clerkships must qualify under INA 101(a)(15)(H) or INA 101(a)(15)(L), or when an appropriate exchange visitors program exists (J). Provided certain requirements are met, interns at embassies, consulates, miscellaneous foreign government offices (MFGOs), missions to international organizations, or international organizations may qualify for A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visas. See 9 FAM 402.3-5(D)(1) and 9 FAM 402.3-7(B).
    2. 9 FAM 402.2-5(F)(3) (U) Medical Doctor (CT:VISA-738; 02-08-2019) (U): A medical doctor whose purpose for coming to the United States is to observe U.S. medical practices and consult with colleagues on latest techniques, provided no remuneration is received from a U.S. source and no patient care is involved. Failure to pass the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) is irrelevant in such a case.
  4. Using trigger words such as ‘hands-on’ or ‘practice’ or ‘training’ or ‘residency’ while attempting to enter the U.S. on a visitor visa (B1 or B2) may force the U.S. CBP Officer to deny your entry into the United States until such time that you have the correct type of visa (J1 or H1B or other) for training.
What type of U.S. visa for U.S. Clinical Observerships or Externships?2021-03-21T17:08:22-07:00

There is not a category for ‘Externships’, however, for ‘Observerships’ or other ‘Vocational Activities’:

  • Used by: International Medical Students or Graduates doing ‘Not for Credit’ clinical observerships or clinical experiences
  • 9 FAM 402.2-5(E)(3) (U) Clerkship (U) Clerkship (CT:VISA-933; 08-30-2019): (U) Business or other Professional or Vocational Activities: An alien who is coming to the United States merely and exclusively to observe the conduct of business or other professional or vocational activity may be classified B-1, provided the alien pays for his or her own expenses. However, aliens, often students, who seek to gain practical experience through on-the-job training or clerkships must qualify under INA 101(a)(15)(H) or INA 101(a)(15)(L), or when an appropriate exchange visitors program exists (J). Provided certain requirements are met, interns at embassies, consulates, miscellaneous foreign government offices (MFGOs), missions to international organizations, or international organizations may qualify for A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visas. See 9 FAM 402.3-5(D)(1) and 9 FAM 402.3-7(B).
  • 9 FAM 402.2-5(F)(3) (U) Medical Doctor (CT:VISA-738; 02-08-2019) (U): A medical doctor whose purpose for coming to the United States is to observe U.S. medical practices and consult with colleagues on latest techniques, provided no remuneration is received from a U.S. source and no patient care is involved. Failure to pass the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) is irrelevant in such a case.
  • Visa: B-1 Business
What type of U.S. visa for U.S. Elective Clerkships?2021-03-21T17:08:57-07:00

For ‘Elective Clerkships’:

  • Used by: International Medical Students doing ‘For Credit’ clinical electives
  • 9 FAM 402.2-5(E)(3) (U) Clerkship (CT:VISA-933; 08-30-2019): (U) Medical Clerkship:  An alien who is studying at a foreign medical school and seeks to enter the United States temporarily in order to take an “elective clerkship” at a U.S. medical school’s hospital without remuneration from the hospital.  The medical clerkship is only for medical students pursuing their normal third or fourth year internship in a U.S. medical school as part of a foreign medical school degree.  (An “elective clerkship” affords practical experience and instructions in the various disciplines of medicine under the supervision and direction of faculty physicians at a U.S. medical school’s hospital as an approved part of the alien’s foreign medical school education.  It does not apply to graduate medical training, which is restricted by INA 212(e) and normally requires a J-visa.)
  • Visa: B-1 Business
What type of U.S. visa for U.S. Hands-on Clinicals?2021-03-21T17:08:07-07:00

For ‘Hands-on Clerkship’:

  • Hands-on typically refers to the actual practice of medicine, which will require that you are either a part of an ACGME accredited medical residency program and sponsored by that program and the ECFMG, or have completed an ACGME residency and are now practicing independently as a licensed physician. We do not recommend any medical student or medical graduate to refer to the U.S. clinicals as ‘hands-on’ unless the main purpose of their U.S. entry is to start a U.S. ACGME medical residency program that they have matched into.
  • 9 FAM 402.2-5(E)(3) (U) Clerkship (CT:VISA-933; 08-30-2019) a. (U): Except as in the cases described below, aliens who wish to obtain hands-on clerkship experience are not deemed to fall within B-1 visa classification.
  • Visa: J1 or H1-B or other, but not B1
Which Membership is right for me?2020-05-19T00:02:26-07:00

Residency Prep and Residency Entry Memberships are for those who have never secured a U.S. medical residency.

Residency Mentor helps early year residents stay under the radar and out of trouble; it is our flagship membership that ensures early year (PGY1 & PGY2) residents overcome everyday residency challenges in non-litigious ways. Resident In-Trouble are those on a Performance Improvement Plan, on probation or dismissed from a program. Residency Reentry helps you get back on track by dealing with the root cause of all contributing issues, and provides you a rare glimpse of how resident selection committees may view your particular candidacy; we even speak with your former Program Director to keep them on our side when helping you re-enter medical residency.

Free Membership provides partial access to Residency Prep Academy online, and is required to view prices of our clinicals and services.

Which Memberships are ideal to combine with U.S. clinicals?2021-03-21T17:09:12-07:00

Select Residency Entry Membership if you are a U.S. or international medical student or graduate who has never secured a U.S. medical residency or fellowship position (GME), and now seeking residency placement. With Professional Liability Insurance, a 30 Minute Private Strategy Session to ensure that your clinical selection is in-line with the personalized residency entry strategy we recommend for you (amongst many other benefits), and a world-class clinical placement management and support system, Residency Entry is the most affordable bundled membership package we offer to help you optimize your AmeriClerkships U.S. clinical experience.

Select Residency Reentry Membership if you have ever secured a U.S. medical residency or fellowship position (GME) in the past, and now seeking reentry. Contacting or even communicating with patients post-GME history may activate certain regulations which can significantly impact you. Residency Reentry Membership enables our experts to make clinical recommendations after assessing your red-flags (including causes for dismissal or resignation), and if combined with our Discussion with Former Program Director service where your former PD supports your reentry, we can place you in AmeriClerkships Postgraduate Subinternships.

Select Residency Prep Membership if you have never secured a U.S. GME position, have access to reliable mentors with proven success in assisting someone like you in securing U.S. medical residencies, and all you need is clinical placement with minimal support.

Resident In-Trouble & Resident Mentor Memberships do not include Professional Liability Insurance, hence may not be used for AmeriClerkships U.S. clinical experience.

Why become a Member?2020-05-18T23:49:59-07:00

Because at AmeriClerkships, We Make Doctors™ by helping U.S. and International MD & DO residency candidates avoid catastrophic residency application mistakes, enabling them to Match into and graduate out of U.S. medical residencies. We are so confident in our service and expertise that we back it up with our ‘Residency Interview & Match Guarantees‘*!

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