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What is the importance of practice in rotating in Hospitals and obtaining LOR’s?

  • Learn first hand about the American Health System
  • Exposure to EMR and gain confidence in its implementation
  • Receive didactic American training, with diagnostic methods
  • Experience the “day in the life” of a resident in your preferred speciality and gain a wealth of knowledge through this experiential learning

At NYCSPREP we place students in:

  • ACGME Accredited Hospitals affiliated with universities and medical schools with residency programs, which offer LOR’s based on performance. Students from affiliated medical schools rotate at the same hospitals as you, giving you exposure to peers.
  • Greenbook Rotations
  • Various programs including (4 week courses minimum, unless specified):
    • Internal Medicine (most subspecialities)
    • Neurology
    • General Surgery
    • Psychiatry (6 week course minimum)
    • Emergency Response
    • OBGYN
    • Family Medicine
    • Pediatrics (limited spots)
    • Anesthesia


All our start dates will be on the first Monday of the month, unless mentioned otherwise

We will contact you via email with all program requirements and payment details

accomplish What Sets Us Apart

We Properly Prepare You For Clinical Rotations

NYCS Prep will help you gain hands-on clinical experience and learn what it takes to take care of your patients. We help our students create their professional identities as physicians through their clinical rotations. These rotations can also help students figure out what residencies are right for them (a decision that typically doesn’t come easily). It’s important to explore as many rotations as possible by shadowing physicians in a variety of disciplines. By doing this, our students will be able to make a more educated decision about the specialty they want to join.
  • ACGME & AOA Accredited Clinical Sites

    Each clinical rotation takes place inside of a teaching hospital where residencies are available in the student's respective discipline of medicine.

  • Hospital-Based Clinical Experience

    Our students gain clinical experience while working closely with residents and attending physicians in their specialty of choice. This experience is gained through clinical rotations done at recognized teaching hospitals throughout the tri-state area.

  • Strong Letters of Recommendation

    Your clinical rotations are also designed to help enable you to impress your respective attendings, and in turn, enable you to receive a strong letter of recommendation.

  • Availability of Clerkships Across All Specialties

    Our partner hospitals across the tri-state area ensure that our students and visiting physicians gain exposure in various specialties of their choice.

About the Program

Clinical rotations come with their own set of challenges. NYCSPREP helps you handle these challenges by:

  • Guiding you to make a seamless switch from the structured academic setting of a medical school, to the demanding real-life medical situations of hospitals.
  • Training you to take better care of yourself so that you are able to give 100% during stressful situations.
  • Training you to know your patients better.
  • Helping you develop the right attitude so that you learn to proactively handle different medical situations and be at the top of any task you are assigned to.=
  • Honing your communication skills so that you can communicate effectively and efficiently.
  • Developing your interpersonal skills.

The Core Competencies for Strong LoRs & Individual Performance Reports

Success Stories

What Our Students Say

It was a great learning experience for me where I was able to do rounds, present patients, and also actively participate in a hands-on experience that helped me hone my clinical skills.

– Tito Joaquin, UNIBE


Clinical rotations are an opportunity for the medical students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice in real life medical situations. They comprise the last two years of your medical school education. During clinical rotations, you follow residents and physicians at teaching hospitals, have access to patients and gain hands-on experience. Along with the residents, you get to handle complex medical situations. Rotations typically come towards the end of your medical studies as they help you gain the experience needed to become a physician. Hence they are an important tool to help you make a seamless transition from your medical school to residency.

Clinical rotations are similar to informal interviews and are important for obtaining a residency position. The hospital administrators and the physicians you work with during these rotations are the people who are likely to write your recommendation letters. These people can offer valuable guidance regarding your professional life and you can even get a heads up about career opportunities.

More importantly, clinical rotations help you figure out what residencies are most suitable for you. You follow physicians through a variety of disciplines and hence are better able to make a decision regarding the specialty you want to pursue.

The important tips are as follows:

  • Familiarizing yourself with the environment and surroundings is important
  • Be proactive and always stay on top of the tasks that you are assigned
  • Don’t shy away from asking questions when in doubt
  • Don’t underestimate or overestimate your abilities
  • Adopt the attitude that ‘no task is too small’
  • Tap into your theoretical knowledge
  • Ask for feedback
  • Make the most of this opportunity in your professional training

Even though the terms clinical rotation and medical rotation are used interchangeably, clinical rotations offer more experience as compared to the medical rotations. Clinical rotations are mostly associated with learning about the actual details and diseases of patients in a real environment and are typically a part of the medical school and internship program that are mandatory in order to get a PMQ. Medical rotations, on the other hand, are largely associated with the theoretical part of medicine.

Most of the medical schools in the US will not allow you to start your clinical rotations before clearing Step 1.

The rotation class is broken down during the second year into 13 equal groups. Each group then chooses a group sequence (one through 13) that has been assigned a schedule of its upcoming 3rd and 4th year rotations.

Some of the key things students learn in clinical rotations are as follows:

  • Translating preclinical knowledge into practical patient management
  • Learning how subtle lab findings, physical exam findings, patient history, and your ‘gut’ feeling can help prevent a decline in a patient’s condition that may initially appear ‘well’.
  • Medical students on rotations have to work and interact with nurses, physicians, other caregivers, and patients. This helps them develop the critical skill of teamwork.
  • Recognizing and treating diseases and disorders
  • Effective and efficient communication for staying on top of what needs to be done for patients, orally presenting summaries or results of a treatment so that the supervisors know that the student is not just reporting but interpreting as well.
  • Learning about yourself as you will realize that the clinical rotations require new levels of endurance, commitment, resilience, focus, and strength to absorb everything.

All the students (OMS1 and OMS3) are given a master list of year-long sites once a year, from which they can choose core and elective rotations for their upcoming third and fourth year, respectively. The number of choices listed exceeds the number of students in a rotation group.

NYCSPREP has partnered with hospitals across the tri-state area to endure that its students and visiting physicians gain valuable exposure in varied specialties of their choice. Core rotations, elective rotations as well as sub-internships are available.

Generally, our students start their rotations on the first Monday of the month.

The minimum Step 2 CK passing score is 209. This was last changed in May 2018. It is recommended that you check the details of the announcement on the USMLE website.Before you begin your rotations, you must complete and submit all the necessary paperwork and documentation. Here’s a list of the necessary documentation:

  • Copy of your CV or resume
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • 10 panel urine analysis
  • PPD Test or a copy of chest X-Ray
  • Immunizations and/or vaccination records
  • Copy of Government-issued ID
    • HIPPA certificate
    • OSHA training
    • Infection control training
    • 2 step TST (TB) or current QFT
    • Titers for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella
    • Hepatitis B and C proof of vaccination
    • Current influenza vaccine (oct-march)
  • BLS, ACLS & PALS for pediatrics

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