Questions to Ask When Selecting a U.S. Residency Placement Service Providers

With so many choices in postgraduate medical placement services, how do you know which service is right for you?

We have compiled some questions that you can use when researching your options.

You must carry liability insurance when participating in an Externship in the United States. Be sure to ask questions about the policy you will receive. You should be provided with the name of the insurance company, their contact information, and should know exactly how much coverage you will have.

IMGPrep provides a complete liability insurance policy for each of our clients. We will also provide you with the insurance company name and a direct contact that you can speak with if you have questions. Your policy can begin in as little as two weeks. When you enroll in the Externship program with IMGPrep, you will receive a copy of your own, individualized policy.

While we understand that each applicant is unique, participation in the IMGPrep Externship program requires the following:

  1. Each applicant must provide immunization Records showing current inoculations for Hepatitis B, MMR, and Tetanus.
  2. Each applicant must provide proof of a negative PPD results within the previous 12 months. If the applicant’s skin test is positive, we require proof of a negative chest X-ray reading completed within the U.S. during the past 12 months.
  3. Each applicant must provide proof of a completed criminal background check. A criminal background check may be obtained online or by a visit to your local police department.

For your letter of recommendation to carry the most weight with residency program directors, you must complete your Externship with a teaching, attending physician. IMGPrep works exclusively with attending physicians who provide hands-on experience for medical graduates. All attending physicians are affiliated with a U.S. medical school, teaching hospital or residency program.

IMGPrep will gladly provide you with contact information for previous clients who have participated in our program. We encourage you to ask questions.

It is critical that you receive hands-on experience during your externship. For the majority of U.S. Residency Programs, observerships do not count as clinical experience. IMGPrep will never place you in an observership to meet your clinical experience requirements.

IMGPrep only places our Externs into hands-on rotations that provide the experience you need to receive a quality letter of recommendation for residency placement. Do not waste your time and money by participating in an “externship” that is actually an observation of medical practices.

Though there are many databases of residency program lists available, none are as complete and up-to-date as IMGPrep’s. IMGPrep maintains a premium database of every residency program in the country and we routinely update our data. We can cut your application time significantly by providing you with quality information that you won’t find anywhere else.