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Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program Observerships for International Students

International medical graduates face several challenges when applying to U.S. graduate medical education training programs. In addition to the competitive nature of these programs, international physicians may not be accustomed to the U.S. medical system.

Drexel's Physician Refresher/Re-entry program offers observerships and preceptorships to help ease the transition into a U.S. graduate medical education training program. Our international medical graduates have the opportunity to learn with and shadow Drexel students, residents, fellows and faculty through observerships before applying to graduate medical education programs.

At the end of the Structured Preceptorship course, we write a final letter stating your accomplishments. We ask for feedback from the various faculty members you have worked with and include their thoughts in this final letter. Often, trainees taking our course have this letter sent to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Returning Physicians / Referring Stakeholders, Worldwide
Drexel Physician Refresher Course, Returning Physicians / Referring Stakeholders, Worldwide

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   During the program, I not only refreshed my clinical skills through standard patient assessments, but I was also able to learn new skills from the preceptor and my colleagues in the course. An important skill for residency is the proper technique on how to approach a physician patient encounter. The Drexel physician refresher program helped me gain the skills necessary for this encounter such as, active listening, shared decision making and checking for patient understanding, among others.   
Avi Patel, International Physician, Internal Medicine, June 2020
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