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EDUCATION:


Students:  We have partnered with both the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine to offer core clerkship rotation sites.  We also offer electives to both in state and out of state students.  
 
We welcome international medical schools and have partnered with many Caribbean schools to provide core and elective rotations.   

Please contact our residency coordinator Pam Melton for more information.

Observerships:   At Griffin Memorial Hospital we provide a one month long observership for international medical graduates.  The aim of this observership is to familiarize applicants to the U.S. healthcare system, particularly the mental health system.  Our observership is an excellent opportunity to learn detailed history taking and treatment planning of acutely mentally ill patients.   We currently have adult inpatient and outpatient sites available for the rotation.   
 

Eligibility Criteria:

IMG applicant applying to our program should meet following criteria:


1. Completed USMLE step 1, 2 hence ECFMG certified.  We prefer step 3 if the candidate has been out of clinical practice for more than 5 years.  
2. No more than two failed attempts in total on all 3 exams
3. No more than 7 years post-graduation from medical school unless the gap in training can be adequately explained by meaningful work experience


Application Process:

We offer 7 spots each month from February - October of each year.  We do not offer observerships in the months of Nov-Jan.  This time is reserved strictly for our second look observers and is by invite only based on the evaluation of their initial rotation with the program.  There are only 2 spots each month during this time and are offered based strictly on resident and attending recommendations.  

The completed application must be received at least ten weeks in advance of a start date requested.  This will allow for the application screening and the process of selection as explained below.  

The decision to offer an observership will be made after your application has been screened to meet eligibility criteria and at least 2 Skype based interviews; which will be conducted by our residents.  Once the decision has been made you will be informed by the program coordinator about the decision.  The timing is at the discretion of program coordinator based on available spots at any given point in time.  
Please keep in mind that completing an observership with the program doesn’t automatically result in an invitation for an interview for residency.  

Applications


• A formal application should be submitted to the program coordinator 10 weeks in advance of the requested date.  The standardized applications such as an ERAS application are acceptable.  If ERAS application is not available the common application form can be substituted.
• The following are required to be submitted to the Committee for consideration of participation in the program:


1. A cover letter detailing desired rotation
2. A completed Application (such as ERAS) or Common Application Form
3. A curriculum vitae 
4. Two letters of reference
5. USMLE score reports
6. ECFMG certificate
7. Documentation of up-to-date immunization record
8. Passport size photograph for identification
9. Background report from the state you are currently residing in.  If coming from overseas a police report dated within last three months must accompany your application.  
10. If you are registered on ERAS we accept the background check provided there.  


Lodging:  We have limited lodging on campus at this time.  The monthly rent is $700.  This is in addition to the monthly cost for rotation as mentioned below.  Housing is provided on first come first serve basis.  In the event that campus lodging is full you are advised to find lodging on your own.  The program coordinator provides resources and helps when possible.  

Cost:  There is a $400/month fee for the observership.

Evaluation: The evaluation of the observer is based on the rotation attending's feedback in addition to the rotating resident’s feedback.   Other formal or informal feedback includes general interaction with residents and faculty.  

Reference Letters: Candidates may request letters of reference from the teaching attending however; this is at the attending’s discretion to oblige or to not.   It is the candidates' responsibility to obtain such letters and not the responsibility of the program to furnish letters of recommendation.  

 

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