Hands-on experience with Somerset Family Medicine #837790 newshiii1503 - 02/25/17 21:50 Hi everyone. This is my first post on the USMEL website, and I want to share some experience with you regarding the rotation that I just finished this week.
I am a Chinese medical graduate who just passed Step 2 CS last year and desperately need some hands-on USCE to help with my residency match this year. I had some experience applying for rotations through commercial groups when I was still in medical school four years ago. However, that experience still gave me nightmare today because I ended up seeing no patient and learn nothing at all. Hence, this time I am very cautious about choosing the programs.
During the searching, I accidentally found something on the AMA website (you can google "AMA externship" and click the first link; sorry that the forum does not allow me to put any link here). There are several programs listed here with "AMA certification." I think, well, these programs have AMA certification, so maybe they are worth a shot. I applied the Somerset Family medicine listed on the top of the web page and that's how I finally met with Dr. Neil Jaddou.
Now I am very glad that I made the right choice by rotating with Dr. Jaddou. During the past four weeks, I have seen hundreds of patients and learned so much regarding family medicine and internal medicine. There are some students who have rotated with Somerset before who have posted their comments in other forums. I would like to prove that what they have posted is true. I have seen so many patients every day that I barely have any time to take a break. A complete physical exam, various injections, an EKG, and an U/A are all routines that I have to do every day. However, the most important thing that I learned in the office were the management strategies for common diseases such as HTN, hyperlipidemia, URI, etc. I know that many of you has passed the steps and know the medications like me. Nevertheless, I really have no idea how to apply the textbook knowledge into real-world practice until I finish this rotation. Now I am very comfortable writing prescriptions to treat those patients.
Dr. Jaddou is a very nice person. He does spend time educating students with great patience. He is very kind and provides a free clinic in St. Joseph's Church every week. He invited me to visit the Beaumont hospital and go to dinner with him and his wife in one of the best steakhouses in Detroit. I really enjoyed the time with Dr. Jaddou and all the staff in the office.
I understand everyone wants to know about the LoR. And yes, if you work hard, it is very likely that you will obtain a good LOR from Dr. Jaddou. He has a lot of connections in the Detroit area, and the letter can be very helpful if you are going to apply for family medicine or internal medicine. Moreover, if you work even harder, you may get a certification as "Student of the Month," which will make your CV look good.
I'd like to recommend this rotation to everyone, especially those IMG who have just started preparing for the match. I guarantee that you will learn a lot through this rotation. For my Chinses friends who have never been to the USA before, I strongly recommend you to take a rotation here before you do the OB with the hospitals.