Sep 21, 2023

What to Look for in a USCE Placement Agency


If you're an international student looking to further your education in the United States, it will help you to work with a USCE placement agency. But how do you know which one to partner with? Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for.

What to Look for in a USCE Placement Agency

1. They Work With ACGME or AOA Accredited Schools

If IMGs want to be able to really compete for a spot in a residency, they must train in an ACGME accredited hospital. This is why it's CHHA's priority to establish affiliations for ACGME teaching hospitals, and we're very selective in who we work with.

When you train with these hospitals, you'll be viewed as a more qualified candidate.

2. They Specialize in Working Internationally

Acquiring clinical clerkships is a unique experience for IMGs, and you need a USCE placement agency who understands this.

CHHA, for instance, specializes in working with international medical students, graduates, and universities. We know what you need in order to match into a residency in the United States. When you work with us, we help you build a competitive application and collect all of the necessary documents.

3. They Offer Services Beyond Education

Matching into a residency is about so much more than your application and interview. Your USCE placement agency should be able to help with the "extras."

This may include:

  • Professional liability insurance.
  • Vaccination and immunization history.
  • Tuberculosis screening.
  • 10-panel drug screening.
  • Providing financial compensation to the attending physician and hospital.
  • A background investigation.
  • Certifications in BLS, ACLS, HIPPA, and Infection Control.

CHHA will assist you with this and so much more. Receiving help with these things will not only make your experience easier but could increase your chances of matching.

For instance, affiliated physicians play a huge role in your education. They provide supervised experience, mentorship, and invaluable guidance in applying what you've learned in textbooks to real-life scenarios. Because we know how important their role is in your future, we supplement their income ourselves.

4. They Work With a Variety of Residency Matches

Different students have different goals, and your USCE placement agency should be able to help you achieve them, no matter what.

CHHA works with programs including:

  • Pathology.
  • Family medicine.
  • Psychiatry.
  • Internal Medicine.
  • Pediatrics.

Match anywhere from Texas to Kentucky to California to New Jersey. Whatever you may be trying to achieve with your medical future, we can help.

We know the process of matching with a residency can be overwhelming. You don't have to do it alone — we can help. Contact CHHA today for more guidance.

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