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SEVEN ๐—ช๐—”๐—ฌ๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—š๐—˜๐—ง ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ๐—–๐—› ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—ก ๐—œ๐— ๐—š ๐Ÿ”ฌ

Updated: May 20, 2020


Hello my friends, hope you are having an amazing day!! โ˜€๏ธ


I will explain 7 possible ways that an International Medical graduate can get research experience in the United States of America. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ



๐Ÿ. ๐…๐ˆ๐๐ƒ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐‹๐Ž๐‚๐€๐‹ ๐Œ๐„๐๐“๐Ž๐‘

This is the way most of my friends got their research positions in Argentina and then in the USA. Itโ€™s ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’๐’† but itโ€™s also the one that ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ.

โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค? Talk to doctors in your country, in your University or Hospital. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‘๐’‰๐’š๐’”๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’…๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’„๐’‰, itโ€™s not just in the USA, and the ones that work in research in your country probably know a doctor in the USA that is involved in research too, or knows a doctor that knows a doctor in the USA.

โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ? ๐‘จ๐’‘๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ the doctors in your community, ๐’†๐’™๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’” your interest, ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’˜ them your passion, ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’ them ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ this is so important for you, and that you want him/her to ๐›๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐จ๐ซ. Look up what kind of research they work on and tell them some projects and ideas that you can add to his research. ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ: Once you start working with them, gaining their trust, getting publications, it will help you a lot to start getting that research experience, and ๐™—๐™ช๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐˜พ.๐™‘. with publications. After some time they will get you in contact you with ๐’…๐’๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ผ๐‘บ๐‘จ that can hire you, or make you publish with them!



๐Ÿ. ๐Œ๐„๐„๐“ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐‚๐“๐Ž๐‘๐’ ๐ˆ๐ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐”๐’๐€ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค? If you are going to North America for a ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ or ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ, you will meet a LOT of people. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ? Talk to the doctors, approach them, tell them the same things that I mentioned before.

Itโ€™s your opportunity to meet them in person and show them your interest, donโ€™t miss it!! 
Donโ€™t go back to your country empty handed!!


๐Ÿ‘. ๐”๐’๐„ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐“๐€๐‚๐“๐’ โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค? If you know people, or have a family member that is a doctor/ professor, talk to them, tell them how important this if for you and ask for their help. Don't be afraid to approach your aunt that still treats you as if you were 10 years old, or that doctor that you met five years ago and haven't talked for a while. โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ? Simple, just approach them, being very charismatic, showing interest, passion, and enthusiasm!! ๐Ÿ˜€



๐Ÿ’. ๐„๐Œ๐€๐ˆ๐‹ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐‚๐“๐Ž๐‘๐’ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐‘๐„๐‚๐“๐‹๐˜ โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค? Simple, just find the doctorโ€™s email and email them expressing your interest and how you can be helpful! ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ? Make a template email, and send it to as many ๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ as you can (Important to check their background, if they are from your country even better!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ? Go to the University/ Hospitalโ€™s website, look for the doctors/ professors that work in the field that you like. If their email is not published, you can get it very easly too. 99% of the times their email goes like this: ๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐๐š๐ฆ๐ž.๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐๐š๐ฆ๐ž@๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง. Just look at any email from the hospital (Human resources, or anyoneโ€™s email), and you will get their domain. Eg, ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€โ€™s domain is: @jhmi.edu, ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ Medical School domain is: @hms.harvard.edu


I got friends from all over the world that got in contact with American doctors doing this, and got a researcher visa sponsored to come and work with them!

๐Ÿ“. ๐€๐๐๐‹๐˜ ๐Ž๐๐‹๐ˆ๐๐„ ๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐€ ๐‘๐„๐’๐„๐€๐‘๐‚๐‡ ๐๐Ž๐’๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ All of the Hospitalโ€™s have research position posted in their websites. ๐Ÿ’ป โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค? This will work better if you have a ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข, ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ, or ๐˜œ๐˜š ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ. โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ? Open google and search typing this โ€œ๐‡๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐žโ€ + โ€œ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌโ€ and you will find tons of them. Just apply and wait!!



๐Ÿ”. ๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐“ ๐€๐’ ๐€ ๐•๐Ž๐‹๐”๐๐“๐„๐„๐‘ Just like Drake sings: "Started from the bottom, now we're here" โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค? Most of the Hospitalโ€™s have volunteer department. This is in fact the way I got my research position and USCE! You can read it on detals on one my ๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•๐’” on my page. Start a normal volunteer job (probably it won't be research related), but ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† in the campus, ๐’Ž๐’†๐’†๐’• ๐’…๐’๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“๐’” there, and ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™  ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ช๐™ฅ! If they like you they can ask their Department and Human Resources ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚, they will hire you, and if you really really earn their trust they will let you go to the clinic, ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€, and sometimes even ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€!! โ€ข๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ข๐ญ? Open google and search typing this: โ€œThe Hospital that you likeโ€ + โ€œVolunteer opportunitiesโ€ and you will find tons of them. Just apply and wait!!



๐Ÿ•. ๐”๐ฌ๐ž ๐‹๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ž๐๐ข๐ง

This is a great website if you know how to use it, you can find research position, clerkships/ observerships/ extenrships, and meet great people

I'll soon make a post on how to use Linkedin.


Now ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ช๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ!



I just want the best for all of you, I want you to succeed!! 
๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—œ๐— ๐—š ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ!!


Important advice

๐——๐—ผ๐—ป'๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜, ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐–๐ก๐ฒ.

Every time you approach someone and want to show your interest, always start with the ๐—ช๐—›๐—ฌ? then tell the ๐—›๐—ข๐—ช? and lastly the ๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง?

  1. โ€ข๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐˜?

  2. โ€ข๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐˜?

  3. โ€ข๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ?




Good luck everyone, as you can see ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜, surely it takes times, ๐‘–๐‘กโ€™๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข and ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘๐‘™๐‘–๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›.

(Even though it actually happens to some doctors who are really important in the field, and people just want their name in their publication). But for the moment we are not one of them.


We have to ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š, ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’… for that to happen, but eventually Iโ€™m sure that ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ช๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—š๐—˜๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜!!

Best to all of you!! โค

Hope my tips help you, I ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™œ๐™š, and ๐‘–๐‘“ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค, by helping other you are also helping yourself


If you find my post helpful I invite you to share it with your friends/ USMLE groups, so it will benefit more people ๐Ÿ™‚


Always remember this:

"๐™„๐™› ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ฎ, ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ž๐™ฉ."


Dr. Sebastian Arruarana ๐—™๐—ฏ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ: Doctor Sebas ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ: @doctor.sebas

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