The next in the series of the medical student clinical rotations are clerkships. Clerkships are built into most AMGs 3rd year of medical school, traditionally this takes place in a teaching hospital where the student can practice supervised medicine. Since most IMGs do not get this hands on clinical experience until their fourth year of medical school it is very import for an IMG to get this US based clinical experience if they want to match into a desirable residency program.
Many clerkship programs are also able to be applied for credit to your foreign medical school. This is because during a clerkship you get the hands on clinical experience to learn your core subjects. These core subjects can be transferred to programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, etc. There are also some clerkship programs that can be applied for credit to medical school electives, for more specific specialties like Neurology, Pain Management, Endocrinology, Pulmonary, Nephrology, Hematology, Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, etc.