Applications for Post-MBBS Training Program in U.S. Due April 2015
Posted on 07/31/2014
Cleveland Clinic, in collaboration with the Dr. Nirmala Swami Charitable Trust, is currently recruiting up to five students to participate in the post-MBBS research training program through the Cleveland Clinic Center for Graduate Medical Education. The deadline for applications for the July 1, 2015, start date is April 15, 2015.

The program is intended to serve post-MBBS graduates of lndia. Accepted candidates can expect a robust, 12-month, educational experience, with combined opportunities for research, that will prepare them for further post-graduate medical education in the United States.

The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge and skills of the trainees to improve their chances of success in completing the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 CS Certification. Training will also provide insights into the U.S. medical system, which will be helpful to trainees if they subsequently pursue U.S. residency programs (although the program neither provides nor guarantees residency placement).

Cleveland Clinic faculty members will supervise during the cohort’s clinical observation and research, and will evaluate trainees. Participants will not have direct contact with patients, other than observing.

Participants will gain insight into the U.S. medical system through a diverse experience. The program curriculum offers:
  1. Participation and mentorship in a research project. Students participate in topical research with a publishable deliverable. Students have the opportunity to contribute to an ongoing research project with guidance from a faculty research mentor. Through the Center for Educational Resources, students can take related coursework to further hone their clinical research skills.
  2. Observation in actual clinical and research settings. Participants gain extensive clinical exposure to the American medical system through observational experiences in clinical and research settings. In each of the program’s 12 months, students observe alongside physician care teams in inpatient, outpatient and intensive care settings. Within these venues, students observe approaches to patient management, techniques and procedures. Students develop their medical knowledge through regular participation in clinical rounds.
  3. Involvement in healthcare reform. The advent of healthcare reform in the U.S. represents a paradigm shift in the way care is delivered. Students will be invited to experience this changing model of care first-hand by participating in ongoing initiatives such as clinical care paths development and enhancing value in care delivery.
  4. Participation in a strong and diverse didactic program. Core concepts in general and subspecialty internal medicine are delivered through a regular lecture series and during patient-focused, team-based learning activities. Students can attend Medicine Grand Rounds to gain exposure to an array of clinical topics, renowned speakers and novel research.
  5. Personal and professional development through course offerings from Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy. The academy provides a broad spectrum of courses in leadership, education and management. Additional online coursework is offered through the Center for Online Medical Education and Training. Students’ clinical teaching skills will be bolstered by participating in special teaching-skills didactics.
  6. Simulated patient encounters. With the aid of standardized patients and our on-campus simulation center, students will gain skills and experience in physician-patient communication.
  7. Preparation for residency interviews. Students gain insights and experience into the residency recruitment process by participating in mock residency interviews with program leadership. Each student receives individualized feedback.
  8. Mentorship from senior program leadership, faculty and guidance from current international trainees. By participating in the post-MBBS program, students gain ample opportunities to foster professional relationships with leading physicians and to network with other physician trainees.
To help students maximize their learning and development, program leaders provide students with regular performance feedback in both verbal and written formats. Students are asked to provide quarterly feedback about the program, which is used to shape their individual learning opportunities.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of participation.

The deadline for applications for the July 1, 2015, start date is April 15, 2015. Applications must be submitted through the Swami Charitable Trust. Direct any questions about the program to and include "Post-MBBS Research Training Program" in the subject field. For more information, visit or complete the Contact form.

International medical institutions interested in forming similar relationships with Cleveland Clinic should contact Janice Bianco at and include “International Medical School Collaboration” in the subject field.

About the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute: The Education Institute oversees many of the training and education programs Cleveland Clinic offers to a global audience of physicians, medical students, residents and fellows, health science students, allied health professionals, and our patients and their families. Each year, nearly 400,000 healthcare professionals from around the world engage in the various educational activities sponsored by the Education Institute. Guided by a solid tradition of “educating those who serve,” the Education Institute continues to champion clinical training with the goal of delivering the highest quality healthcare possible to patients.

About the Swami Trust: The Dr. Nirmala Swami Charitable Trust was established by Dr. Bharat Swami, son of Dr. Nirmala Swami, to fulfill their joint dream to serve, educate and support humanity. Compassion for patients and a dedication to education are the key principles of the Dr. Nirmala Swami Charitable Trust. Its passion is to provide quality education to society.


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