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U.S. Medical Residency Placement

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Advanced Training for
Medical Doctors

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Clinical Rotations for
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Clinical Rotations for
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ABOUT US In 1996, a group of medical professionals and educators united to offer International Medical Graduates, "IMG's" an exciting training experience in a US-based Residency Program. American Bureau of International Education, "ABIE," was born to assist IMG's in placing qualified IMG's in an US-based Residency Program in the Chicagoland area. Our Program will provide IMG's with world-class American medical training and enable them to sit for the Medical Board Examinations. By maintaining a tight yet crucial network with various US-based Medical Schools and Hospitals, we have created a self-supported Residency Program that allows qualified IMG's to enroll into a rigorous Residency Program in the fields of General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine. Our professional and friendly staff offers expert advice and assistance throughout your Residency. We work hard to be your strong advocate from the moment we commence our relationship together. Please visit us in person, contact us us by telephone or via e-mail for answers to any questions that you may have about this Program.
U.S. Medical Residency Placement


Clinical Rotations for
Physician-Assistant Students


Advanced Training for
Medical Doctors


Clinical Rotations for
Medical Students


U.S. Medical Residency Placement
It is a well-known fact that obtaining a Residency Position in the United States is extremely challenging. Even the most qualified International Medical Graduate, "IMG," applicants with outstanding Letters of Recommendation and 99th percentile on USMLE examinations, still find it nearly impossible to secure a Residency Position. Most of the time, this is not the Applicant's fault. By teaming up with progressive and open-minded institutions, American Bureau of International Education, "ABIE," was successful in securing an entire "Program" specifically designated for IMGs in several specialties of medicine.

Some of the offered specialties of medicine include General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine.

This Program is a self-supported program, designed for those who highly value the U.S. residency training. The cost of the Program is paid by each Resident, a year in advance, upon his/her acceptance into the Program. Of course, the institution reserves the full right to accept or reject applicants as it deems fit.

For more information about cost of the Program and method of payment, feel free to contact ABIE directly.

While enrolled in the Program, the Resident will receive compensation and benefits as described in the ACGME requirements.

What is Required in Order to Apply to the Program
In order to be considered for a position in our Program, applicants must have:

A Medical Doctorate degree;
An ECFMG Certificate;
Passed USMLE Step I; and
Passed USMLE Step II.

Just as any residency applicant would do, the IMG also must complete an application for said residency position. Generally, application materials consist of curriculum vitae, a copy of the universal residency application form, a cover letter addressed to each residency program director, evidence of graduation from medical school and letters of recommendation from U.S. physicians along with a one-page personal statement detailing the unique qualifications of the applicant.

Under regular match residency slots, approximately 14% of applicants are granted an interview and only 8% of the entire applicant pool will be hired by any given hospital. Therefore, it is imperative that applicants make themselves stand out in their applications. Once invited to interview, an applicant needs to prepare in order to make the best possible impression. The interview is a critical part of the residency application process.

The Application - No Room for Error As the process of finding a residency position becomes increasingly more competitive, applicants must pay more attention to the application itself to make themselves stand out. Interviews are granted solely on the basis of the information presented in the application package.

Follow these rules without exception:

1. Application should be presented neatly, without spelling or grammar errors.

2. Make sure that the application is completely filled out with correct information.

3. All applications should be originals. Do not submit applications that are copies of those sent to other programs.

Your curriculum vitae (CV) is an important piece of your application package. Make sure that it highlights any unique qualifications you have to make yourself stand out from the thousands of others in the applicant pool. Include any academic experiences, such as researching or teaching, regardless of where you trained. While you should put any experiences on your CV that will be of benefit to you, always be prepared to provide further information. If granted an interview, you will most likely be asked to discuss the experiences you have included on your CV. Residency programs are putting increasing importance on community service. If you have done volunteer work, make sure it is a prominent part of your CV. Test scores also are very important. Many programs look at test scores first to initially weed out applicants. There is no substitute for extensive test preparation.

Letters of Recommendation (LR) are the final required part of the application package. You may target each LR to specific programs; and you may have as many LRs as you feel necessary. However, no more than 4 letters should be sent to any individual program. While letters from overseas schools are important and may provide more insight into your background, they are not very helpful since international medical school standards vary and often are not comparable to those in the U.S.

Residency programs are looking for letters that provide some insight into an applicant. Letters from those who do not know you well provide little information. Almost all applicants are asked to provide medical school dean's letters, which are basically used to see that there were no major overall problems with your performance in medical school. Residency programs realize that these letters generally come from a source who does not know the applicant well and do not put a great deal of weight on them. They really look for letters from professors, residents, etc. who can attest to your abilities and future as a physician in the U.S.

Personal Statement - A personal statement should always be included in the application package. This is another opportunity for you to make yourself rise to the top of the applicant pool. As long as it is short (not more than two typed pages) and addresses your uniqueness as an applicant, it will not be regarded negatively. A personal statement can often provide a more personal look at an applicant than does the standard application form. Include relevant information about your background, including why you have chosen medicine as a career and why you wish to train in the U.S.

The Interview. Once all applications are received, the program director or a selection committee reviews them and decides who to interview based upon the information presented in the application package. It is important to prepare yourself for an interview, as this is your only opportunity to make a personal impression on the residency program director.

Be punctual and be prepared. Find out beforehand the name(s) and position(s) of the person(s) who will be interviewing you, information about the medical institution, and something about the program in which you are interested. Programs generally send interviewees an informational brochures about the Program. Read the brochures and spend some time familiarizing yourself with the Program and the facility. This will allow you to spend a minimum of time during the interview on basic questions and spend more time discussing what the program is really like. Applicants who can ask informed questions make much more favorable impressions than those applicants who do not ask questions and show little interest in the Program.

Observing patient interaction "On Rounds" - Most interviews begin with a short overview of the program, after which applicants sit in on rounds. Then, there is usually a series of short interviews with the program directors, attending physicians and chief residents. This is the time when each party has an opportunity to learn about the other and see how they match up. While each program evaluates applicants differently, there are some general qualities that interviewers look for. These include honesty, enthusiasm about the program and about the particular field of medicine, a relaxed attitude and the ability to deal well with stress. Many programs do not ask a lot of questions, preferring to have applicants ask the questions. However, there are a few standard questions you should be prepared to answer, including: why you have chosen your particular specialty and that residency program; your goals; your strengths and weaknesses; and what you can bring to the program.

If there is anything unusual in your background, be prepared to discuss that. If you have been out of medical school for a long time, have not done any research or have received low scores, you may be asked about that.

Non-U.S. Citizens - Be prepared to answer questions pertaining to your immigration status. If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, your visa status will likely be questioned. Indications of a problem receiving the necessary visa may hurt your chances of acceptance.

After the interview - Generally, after the interview, some time is designated for the applicants to meet with residents and discuss the everyday experiences of being a resident in the program. This is the time to ask how a program treats its residents, what the call schedule is like, and what the environment is like. Residents who are generally happy and satisfied are a good sign of a successful program.

All in a Day - Interviews generally last an entire day. Use this time to its fullest. Make sure any questions you have are answered to your satisfaction. By the end of the day, you should feel that you have given an accurate representation of yourself to the program and that you have received an accurate representation of the program.

Interview Follow-Up - The only necessary follow-up to an interview is a short note to everyone you met with, thanking each person for the opportunity to interview. Letters of thanks are always looked upon favorably. In this competitive application process, anything you can do to make yourself stand out will be of benefit. However, do not call the program to find out your chances of acceptance. Doing so will be looked upon negatively.

By contracting with ABIE and following these simple rules, your residency slot is well within reach. Of course, this is assuming that you are a qualified candidate for said position and you are able to satisfy the requirements of the institution.

For more information about our available programs, contact us today or begin by completing the Residency Application Form.

Physician assistants are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physician. They are nationally certified and licensed by individual states. As healthcare providers, Physician Assistants deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural, urban and suburban settings.

The role of a physician assistant varies with training, experience and state law. In general, the scope of the Physician Assistant's practice corresponds to that of the supervising physician's practice. Physician Assistants are employed in essentially every medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty in which physicians are employed. About 36 percent of Physician Assistants work in primary care, (i.e., family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and women's health). Physician Assistants can be found in hospitals, clinics, offices and other settings.

Physician Assistants' Responsibilities may include:

  • obtain histories
  • perform physical exams
  • order various diagnostic tests
  • interpret the results
  • diagnose and treat illnesses
  • counsel and educate patients
  • assist in surgery
  • prescribe medications

Clinical Rotations

After four semesters of in-depth academic preparation, a Physician Assistant is then ready to put what she/he has learned into action. In 59 weeks of challenging clinical rotations, the PA will work with acclaimed preceptors to strengthen his/her skills as part of the patient care team in a broad range of settings.

Said Clinical Rotations are a must-have requirement in order for the PA to attain his/her degree. Although the order of these rotations varies for each PA student, the student completes them all and is exposed to private, public, inpatient, and outpatient care locations. These rotations include:

Internal Medicine
This eight-week inpatient rotation takes place at an accredited Hospital located in the Chicagoland area. Here the PA student becomes an integral member of the medical team that includes medical students, interns, residents, and attending physicians. The PA Student will become proficient in gathering medical data and making tentative assessments and plans as she/he participates in the management of patients on general medicine wards.

Emergency Medicine
This four-week rotation in area hospital emergency departments emphasizes the roles and functions of in-hospital emergency care. In high intensity 12-hour shifts, a PA student gains experience in trauma evaluation and management and learns the medical and surgical aspects of emergency intervention. A PA student gains firsthand experience in the management and treatment of patients triaged to urgent care and fast tracks for health care delivery.

This four-week inpatient rotation also takes place at an accredited Hospital located in the Chicagoland area. To gain practical experience with general surgical problems, a PA student will participate in the management of hospitalized patients seven days a week, including assisting in surgery, preoperative and postoperative care, and daily ward rounds. The PA student will also attend structured teaching conferences and tutorials.

This six-week outpatient rotation in general pediatrics puts the PA student in touch with well and sick children in Illinois-based private physician practices and community-oriented primary care clinics. As the PA student participates in ambulatory care, she/he will gain a deeper understanding of normal childhood development and become proficient in providing anticipatory guidance to parents and caregivers.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
This six-week inpatient rotation takes place at an accredited hospital located in the Chicagoland area. This six-week rotation is divided into two three-week experiences-one set of three weeks is at a hospital and the other set takes place at a local gynecological practice clinic. The first gives you in-depth exposure to the management of labor and delivery. The second, focused on outpatient gynecology, gives you experience in well-woman gynecologic exams, family planning, and outpatient prenatal and postpartum care.

Family Medicine
This eight-week rotation in a Illinois-area private physician practice gives the PA student practical outpatient care experience in a primary care setting. The PA student will deliver acute care and continuing care and address health maintenance issues in partnership with her/his supervising internal medicine or family practice physician. During this rotation, the PA student will demonstrate evidence-based medicine practice skills and complete an evidence-based research project.

This four-week rotation in hospital and private physician clinics settings provides a powerful mix of inpatient and outpatient experience. A PA student gains practical experience and assumes patient care responsibilities in the continuing care of patients in a psychiatric setting. She/he learns the fundamentals of DSM-IV diagnostic criteria and psychiatric nosology, while he/she deepens his/her understanding of the clinical presentation and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Infectious Disease
This four-week rotation at an accredited Hospital located in the Chicagoland area, and private physician practices gives you firsthand experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with HIV and other infectious diseases. The PA student will be directly involved in the multidisciplinary approach to patient management in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Clinical Selective Rotation
This four-week rotation gives a PA student a chance to focus on a medical or surgical subspecialty that has special appeal to the PA student. Options include adolescent medicine, allergy/immunology, bariatric surgery, hematology, internal medicine, nephrology, orthopedics, rheumatology, surgery, trauma care, and urology.

Clinical Elective Rotation
This four-week rotation gives the PA student even more freedom. Choose from more than two dozen fields of medicine for in-depth exploration. Some of the most popular choices are dermatology, emergency medicine, and surgery subspecialties.

For cost and other information, please feel free to contact us.

The Advanced Training Program/Fellowship is a setting where approved foreign physicians may train with fully licensed US physicians in numerous specialty areas of medicine, under the direct supervision of the various department heads of the Hospital. This program is not an observership - rather, it is a hands-on environment, which allows the foreign physician to work side-by-side with existing Residents and Fellows.

This Program is available to eligible foreign physicians who are properly licensed to practice medicine in their own countries. Using the foreign physician's own credentials as a practicing physician abroad, will enable us to procure for the foreign physician a Visiting Physician license from the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. It is this license that enables the visiting physician to practice medicine, enter the Hospital's operating room, have contact with various patients, and perform other physician-only duties and responsibilities. Please note, however, that without such Visiting Physician license, it is illegal for any foreign physician to receive any hands-on training at the Hospital.

Completing the Advanced Training/Fellowship Program in the US will dramatically improve your chances of landing a medical residency. In addition to the hands-on training, which will greatly improve your medical expertise, our training program will allow you to:

  • Obtain a licensed-clinical rotation certificate
  • Broaden your network and contacts in the field
  • Secure detailed and personal letters of recommendation
  • Establish relationships with department chairperson and residency program directors
  • Work side-by-side with existing residents and fellows and benefit from their experience
  • Learn how to give a great residency interview
  • Identify your weakness areas and learn how to address them intelligently during your
    residency interviews

Advanced Training is available in the following practice areas:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonologist
  • Dermatology
  • General Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Urology
  • ENT
  • Anesthesiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

The duration of the Program can vary between a 6 months and a 3-year period as desired by the foreign physician and as dictated by the State licensing board. The foreign physician is free to obtain either a single or multiple discipline advanced training as availability permits at the Hospital.

As for the institution itself, ABIE places foreign physicians at a hospital with multiple ACGME-accredited residency programs.

The Certificate of Completion
At the conclusion of the Advanced Training program, the foreign physician will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Hospital, attesting to his/her achievement in the Program as well as bearing the signatures of the Hospital's executives and that of the relevant department's Chairpersons. This, of course, is in addition to the State of Illinois License received by the foreign physician prior to commencement of the Program.

For cost and availability of the Advanced Training/Fellowship Program, please contact us for updated information.

For more information about our available programs, contact us today!
This program is ideal for those who wish to fulfill very specific U.S clinical rotation experience needed during a pre-set time frame. Whether you wish to start a 6-week clinical rotation or 12 weeks clinical specialty, ABIE will place you in the appropriate rotation. ABIE will help you design the right curriculum for any specialty based on your future goals. And more importantly, all rotations are performed at fully accredited institutions throughout the Chicgoland area.

What is a Clinical Rotation Program (CRP)?

The Clinical Rotation program is a basic carefully planned program designed solely for the International Medical Graduate (IMG). The CRP provides IMG's with an overall clinical experience in primary care, and an introduction to various subspecialties. The CRP is primarily complimented with outpatient and inpatient rotations among our network of teaching. Attending this program will allow you to receive clinical experience in your preferred specialty when applying for residency.

Core Specialties Offered:

  • Family Practice
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
Elective Specialties Offered:

  • Rep Endocrinology (IVF)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology & Allergy
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Neonatology
  • Cardiology
  • ETC

Applying for a Clinical Rotations

If you are interested in applying for a clinical rotation or externship, please contact our offices for more information.



To raise the standard of international medical training throughout the world through the placement of International Medical Graduates into various US-based Residency Programs.


To help level the playing field in medical care around the world, whereby people across the globe would be able to obtain the utmost advanced medical care available to mankind.

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