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Virtual Residency MATCH

Virtual Residency MATCH Season; How to Adapt to the Changing Landscape?

The COVID19 pandemic had an immense impact on medical education. Medical schools limited the in-person clinical rotations of medical students, and hospitals canceled the electives rotations. This disrupted the learning process, and medical schools were quick to develop some online alternatives to in-person experiences. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released a position statement …

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Types of observerships

Types of Clinical Observership and Finding Faculty Sponsor

Some institutes have official programs facilitating the application and on-boarding of observers. Prospective observers have to apply to these programs after reviewing the eligibility criterias and application requirements. Such a program is referred to as Official Clinical Observership Program (OCOP).
On the other hand, Non-official Clinical Observership Program (NCOP) do not have a formal application process in place for the observerships and the observer have to find a faculty/staff sponsor.
The observership program offered by third parties is referred to as Third party Clinical Observership program (TCOP).

Observership; How to Select a Program?

Observership is usually a brief (4-8 weeks) rotation done by a medical professional to gain hands-off clinical experience in a clinical setting e.g, hospital or an outreach clinic. In other words, it is an experience where individuals can observe medical professionals as they care for patients and families.