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Bottom of Form Which Documents we need to apply for electives? Which Documents should we get after electives? When to apply for electives? Where to go for electives? Is there any use of electives in fields other than field/specialty of interest? How many weeks of electives/ number of electives are enough/sufficient? How to get a sponsor for electives? Which medical school need sponsorship from Faculty members? How can I improve my chances for acceptance for electives in any medical school? How much time does it take to get malpractice coverage? What is the cost of malpractice coverage? Which malpractice coverage I should go for? My medical school is not a well-reputed one...can I get electives in US? How much TOEFL helps for electives? How much score do I need to get in TOEFL? How much USMLE Step 1 help for electives? What to write in 'Column of description of clinical activities in home school'? Can I get a acceptance after rejection? How can I improve my CV? Is there any use of doing short-term research/observership/electives? On which visa to go for electives/ which visa we need for electives? Should I go for electives on a J1 visa? Is step 1 necessary for observership/electives? Am I late for electives? back to top Which Documents we need to apply for electives? Depends upon the university you are applying to. Usually it includes the following: Completed Application Form Completed Health Form with Titers, Mantoux Test report and Immunization Certificate Health Insurance Malpractice Coverage Personal Statement CV Letter of Intent Cover Letter HIPAA certificate OSHA certificate

The first two are required by every university and few of the remaining are required by some universities in addition to first two. Thats why it is always advisable to contact Electives Co-ordinators before sending your applications. You dont want to send incomplete applications are be rejected. back to top Which Documents we get after electives? You should try to get a proof of your elective from the university. Some do give LORs and some dont... if you dont impress them. Its always better to get a LOR alongwith an Evaluation form signed....for your college...even if your college does not require it. For further details on it and regarding its sample, please visit the Electives section. back to top When to apply for electives? As soon as you can....although many good universities do not fill spots on "first come first serve basis" but even then I dont think there is any point of waiting and delaying your application when all the documents are ready. First complete your application and documents, double check them and send them. It is advisable to apply 8-10 months in advance but you can also be accepted by applying even 4-6 months before the starting date of electives. back to top Where to go for electives? First of all get electives wherever you find them and if you are lucky enough to have multiple acceptances.... it depends upon what are your priorities... which specialty you have your electives in? is it in your specialty of choice? the first thing.... is it in a top university program? the second factor... is it in a state where you want to live in with some relatives/friends? This can be the first factor for many of you.... best of luck! back to top Is there any use of electives in fields other than field/specialty of interest? Yes it is always better to have SOMEthing than NOthing but its always better to secure a elective in the specialty of your choice. A Medicine/ Medicine sub-specialty LOR would be better than an Opthalmology LOR for applying into a IM program but again Opthalmology LOR is better than no LOR for IM residency... back to top How many weeks of electives/ number of electives are enough/sufficient? 1 month- something is better than nothing 3 months- good 6 months- very very good 1 year- ideal These hold true for clinical fields like IM/FP/Surgery etc Any question you ask regarding steps, electives, research etc.......its answer would depend on one simple fact.... which specialty you want to pursue your medical career....e.g clinical electives are always considered superior to research electives for surgery/medicine fields but research electives/ research carry far more weightage than clinical electives in feilds like Pathology, Radiology etc. first finalise your specialty and then go through the residency programs of that field to see their eligibility requirements....best of luck! back to top How to get a sponsor for electives For Henry Ford: You can contact the faculty members by the emails. You cant find the email addresses of the faculty on the website, but you can find the names of faculty members on it. Go to www.henryford.com and then go to 'Find Doctors'. There is a formula for determining the email addresses from their first and second names. So, what you need to do to get the email ID of a faculty is using the FIRST LETTER OF THE FIRST NAME and FIRST SIX LETTERS OF THE 2ND NAME and THEN ADDING 1 before @hfhs.org For example, If the name of Faculty is Steven Harrison, then the email ID will be sharris1@hfhs.org (same thing: FIRST LETTER OF THE FIRST NAME and FIRST SIX LETTERS OF THE 2ND NAME and THEN ADDING 1 before @hfhs.org) You must always send your CV in the email for request of sponsor, stating your purpose and desire to

do electives in Henry Ford. You should send emails to a number of faculty members, because only a few one are going to reply you back. While emailing anyone, whether its elective coordinator or faculty member, dont start with words like madam/sir. You can always start with words like Dear Dr. Harrison. For Emory: The email IDs are available on their website, in the faculty corner of each department. Again, you should email as many faculty members as you can with your CV, because only a few one are going to answer you. You should not email without attaching your CV. back to top Which medical school need sponsorship from Faculty members? Henry Ford, Emory, Lousiana and few more like JHUSOM, UCSFfor research electives. back to top How can I improve my chances for acceptance for electives in any medical school? I believe TOEFL/ USMLE step 1 are big plus points but a good CV and good personal statement alongwith good documentation and proper filling of application forms are far more important. Its the combination of all these which counts. TOEFL is not a bad deal for 165 $. Hundreds of dollars are spent in application fees and thousands of dollars in tuition fees and if you spend mere 165 $ for TOEFL it increases your chances tremendously. Moreover it opens many new good new places for you that have no fees e.g NIH. back to top How much time does it take to get malpractice coverage? Depends upon the insurance company you are applying to. Generally it takes from 3 days till 1 month after making the payment. back to top What is the cost of malpractice coverage As far as malpractice is concerned... it depends upon the insurance company you are using...e.g some local companies offer insurance only for their local universities... so obviously you need to buy separate insurance if you are applying to multiple universities...but some do offer a combined package but they charge extra depending upon the no of universities and the duration of coverage....as far as I know academic insurance is the most cheap and suitable one and they offered insurance for one uni for around 200 $ for 8 weeks I guess but if you give them a list of about 10 uni... it is about 400 $ for 8 weeks... I might be wrong in figures...anyways there are some insurance companies who offer you insurance that holds true for all the US med schools... if you get one of this type, you dont mention the name of school while you are filling out their forms... it holds good for every university...and you just need to send a photocopy or simply a print out of the soft copy to the elective co-ordinators. back to top Which malpractice coverage I should go for? Depends upon u...If you are interested in medical assistant student insurance (which is not a 'true' medical student insurance but even then recommended by all the seniors) then go for hpso.com or proliability.com. If you are interested in genuine medical student insurance then undoubtedly www.academicins.com is the best, I like both their professionalism as well as their comparatively affordable quotes i.e about 250- 350 $ as compared to others 1050-1250 $. back to top My medical school is not a well-reputed one...can I get electives in US? The repute of your college does not matter at all for elective...college's repute has nothing to do with electives... Its only and only your documentation and other stuff like CV, personal statements, toefl etc. And yes step 1 score is a big boast but you can get electives without them as well. back to top How much TOEFL helps for electives? TOEFL is not a bad deal for 150 $. Hundreds of dollars are spent in application fees and thousands of dollars in tuition fees and if you spend mere 150 $ for TOEFL it increases your chances tremendously. Moreover it opens many new good new places for you that have no fees(see below). Following universities require or prefer toefl NIH(requires TOEFL) Wisconsin(requires TOEFL) Northwestern(requires TOEFL) Uni of Massachusettes(requires TOEFL) Uni of Cincinnati(requires TOEFL)

Vermont(requires TOEFL) TUFTS(requires TOEFL) Yales(prefers TOEFL) Harvard(prefers TOEFL) Moreover there are many more universities that prefers TOEFL. I strongly recommend giving TOEFL as soon as possible for everyone going for electives. back to top How much score do I need to get in TOEFL? The more score you get in TOEFL, the better it is....they have no cut off value, usually anything above 90 is very good and above 100 is considered exceptional....but make sure