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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 to encourage the interviews of medical students, faculty, and residents virtually. The fellowship match has already gone virtual, and this year’s residency MATCH will also be going online. Almost all the residency programs will be conducting virtual interviews. Although there are some prior instances where …

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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.