WELCOME to SFM,
Coming Soon: Telemedicine Externship
2021 externship, hands-on live patients, and now new experience Telehealth while in the office which is a good experience in the new medicine norm.
Very safe working environment. We Do Not See any patient with COVID symptoms. Also we do not do COVID testing in our office
Email Dr. Jaddou:
Hands-On Outpatient Family Medicine Externship/Clerkship/USCE
For FMG, IMG, Caribbean, Med Student, American students, Premeds, others
Intended for those applying to Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, ER, Neurology or any other residency
email received 6/18/2020 Dear Dr. Jaddou,
email received 6/18/2020 Dear Dr. Jaddou,
I just wanted you to know that I made it to family medicine, I am starting July 1st. I wanted to thank you for everything you did and for the knowledge you shared with me.
I want to thank you for all the support and mentor-ship you have shown me over the past couple of months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all faced near-unimaginable upheaval of our personal and professional lives over these last few months,. You have been incredibly generous with your time and energy to me, your staff and your patient throughout this pandemic in term of keeping us safe by offering us masks, gown, shield and not seeing patients with cold symptoms. In this new medicine landscape, mixing live patients and telehealth was an amazing experience for me in this new medicine norm. I am sure it will help me in the residency interviews.
Not only you have been a fantastic mentor to me, but you also taught me and gave me the opportunity to mentor others.
I am intrigued by your energy and the way you addressed the patient concerns and coordinated with all the other externs and the staff, showed me the best management skills.
As a result of your expertise and guidance, I have a much deeper understanding of practice-based learning, history taking skills, physical examinations, diagnosis & course of treatment, managing and updating the electronic medical records.
I truly appreciate the confidence you showed in me. My gratitude for your contribution to my future success is immeasurable.
I hope that after this externship, I might be in contact with you at greater length and need your guidance in pursuing my residency.
Last but not least your “sense of humor” made this journey memorable. Thank you so much. Yours Sincerely, YV
Many of our Externs Matched
some of post-match emails
Dear Dr. Jaddou, I am extremely happy to tell you that I matched to Family Medicine program (at .... University! I hope you still remember me:) it was summer 2014 when I was in your program. It was long 9 years of me fighting the system after my immigration. I never stopped even though I didn’t believe some days that I can make it. Well, here I am, against all odds. Thank you for helping me so many times throughout my journey. Only because of people like you I was able to see those words “Congratulations! You matched!” Regards,.......
Dear Dr. Jaddou, I am pleased to inform you that I matched this year!
I will be the next Internal Medicine Resident in Texas......
Thank you for letting me be part of your team last august 2018. I enjoyed my time with you and the team and now I feel all the efforts have paid off.
I would like to take this time to thank you. Your letter of recommendation and the externship with you and your team certainly helped me through this process. J....... Colombia
Thank you for the Best Clerkship/Externship
Dear Dr. Jaddou, I am deeply grateful to you for having me in your externship program. This was my first time to have USCE and I was nervous before externship. However, thanks to your sincere education and care for externs and helpful staff in your office, I had a great opportunity to learn about US healthcare. Furthermore, I was impressed with your work, especially free clinic for patients without insurance and contribution for middle-eastern communities such as radio talk. In closing, I would like to thank you for this memorable experience. Best regards, Tatsu
PD wants Hands On United State Clinical Experience such as the one we offer with LOR that has hospital and university logo (see LOR section)
Did Not Match!:
I am looking for opportunities to boost my resume for the residency match. I applied for the 2019 match, but unfortunately did not match. I am really hoping that your externship will help boost my resume for the 2020 match.
I have successfully cleared my USMLE STEP 1, 2 and 3 exams. However, I was unable to match this year likely due to lack of clinical experience, therefore i would like to do externship at your office, I live in Texas
Above Sterling Heights Office
Above article written by our former extern: press on this link:
Somerset Family Medicine SFM is One of the Best & Highly Ranked USCE in America
A program that resembles Residency
Getting FMGs/IMG and Medical Students to the American Healthcare System & improve scores on USMLE CK, CS, and Step 3. We develop leadership, create opportunities to publish articles, attend conferences, and become more confident. This rotation also applies to US citizens and permanent residents graduated from Caribbean schools. Lately we have been having many applicants from St. Georges, AUC, Ross, Windsor, Saba and many others who did not match.
Boost your score on Step 3:
Just checking in and wanted you to know that I did step3 already. Day 1 was brutal. Day 2 was better. Thank you for the help! I really appreciated it. I came in more prepared for day 1. Also, Some questions were actually related to DVT and PAD, the chapters you assigned to me.
Regards to you and the SFM TEAM! Sincerely,
I received many emails here are some of them:
Dear Dr. Jaddou, I wanted to email you to let you know that I have matched! I really appreciate the opportunity you gave me to shine at your externship in the Summer of 2017. Many of my interviewers during my match season praised the excellent LOR that you wrote on my behalf and were impressed by the volunteer and scholastic activities your program offered.
Hello Dr. Jaddou, I miss everyone at Somerset. It was around this time last year when I contacted you about externship after I didn't match.
This year, I matched at my first choice at SUNY Upstate Medical University for Pediatrics. I couldn't have done it without your help and guidance. I truly believe that the reason I received more interviews this year was how I spent my time at Somerset. I was able to publish an article and volunteer at the church, showing my dedication in helping the local community. Working as a chief extern was a very valuable experience for me. Thanks for everything!
I have matched UNMC anesthesiology in Omaha, and I will spend 1 year of internship in NY before going there. Thank you again for your teaching, which is important not only for the interview season but also for my residency and future practice. God bless you! Say hello to the staff for me.
Happy Easter to you and your blessed family! I would like to let you know that I matched this residency cycle into a Transitional Year program in Georgia, and I will apply again next cycle for an Internal medicine and Family medicine programs...Let's hope I get a better chance in the next residency cycle! I really miss working with you and your amazing medical team, and I truly appreciate your help, medical career guidance, and time.
Did not Match!
I am looking for opportunities to boost my resume for the residency match. I applied for the 2019 match, but unfortunately did not match this year. I am really hoping that your externship will help boost my resume for the 2020 match.
I have successfully cleared my USMLE STEP 1, 2 and 3 exams. However, I was unable to match this year likely due to lack of clinical experience, therefore i would like to do an externship at your office, I live in Texas.
I am a Caribbean medical graduate - earned my MD from St. Georges had applied to Internal Medicine and remained unmatched, seemingly due to average scores on USMLE. My mentors, program directors, forums, and my family and friends have suggested to me to find some sort of clinical externship in Family Medicine that I could do before the next round of residency applications where I would also apply to both Family Medicine in addition to Internal Medicine. I came across your website searching on the web and also from the reviews on the USMLE forums.
From the bottom of my heart:
"Hi, Dr Jaddou,
I just found out that I matched into family medicine residency. Thank you very much for all your help. I think your letter or recommendation helped as well. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you."
Hello Somerset: Just wanted to share my good news. I have matched in neurology though don't know yet where. I feel that your externship played a big role........:)
I matched and will find out Friday where. I feel that doing externship with your office was a tremendous asset to my ERAS application. During my interview they kept referring to your LOR ....
Due to very high demand for our Externship/Observership, apply now before spots get filled.
Pictured above: Our externs attended the Family Medicine Resident and Medical Students Conference to serve in our booth.
A few words to describe my one month is
"Simply Amazing Experience"
This application cycle was a million times better than last. Thanks in large part to you for giving me the opportunity to extern with you. I ended up with over 20 interview invitations, and in just about everyone, my interviewers were extremely impressed with my externship with you. I don't know how my residency match would have gone without this amazing experience. I ended up matching to my #1 choice, University of Arkansas in Family Medicine.
Dr. Jaddou was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful
Dr. Neil Jaddou, M.D., MSc. is a teaching faculty member for St. John Hospital medical students. He has been teaching FMG/IMG and Caribbean graduates for over 20 years. Professor Jaddou holds a faculty appointment with Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Community Health and a professor at Wayne State University Medical School. He is also part of the medical staff at these hospitals: William Beaumont, St. John's, Henry Ford, and Detroit Medical Center hospitals.
Residency Programs/Program directors
Most prefer at least 3 hands-on externships, regardless of the specialty you apply for. Most of our applicants are interested in Internal Medicine and/or Family medicine, some pediatrics and psychiatry, and other specialties. Over 50% have not had a successful match.
We are located in both Troy and Sterling Heights Michigan, two of the safest and most beautiful cities in America. Troy has one of the highest numbers of Indian and Asian communities in America because of the world's headquarter Auto companies (GM, Ford, and Chrysler). Troy also has some of the best schools in the country. We are located the nearby the University of Michigan which is one of the top 10 universities in the country.
An American externship will offer you an opportunity to become more confident, develop leadership skills as the chief extern, and improve your medical knowledge. You will also get opportunities to publish articles and review textbook chapters.
2016 and 2017 match data: As many as 50% of our past externs have matched.
Hello Dr. Jaddou,
My friend and I are interested to take an externship in your program.
Unfortunately,we were unaware of the importance of the USCE and after research, we decided that the best option is your program (in all aspects). This will help us to understand better the American Healthcare system and also will boost our chances to apply and get a residency in this match, 2018.
Text from former extern received 8/31/17: Hi Dr Jaddou. This is ...... I just wanted to share with you that I got a family medicine resident position with DMC family medicine...post-graduation of my MPH. I am super thrilled this opportunity has finally come. Just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and support and for allowing me to build my confidence as an aspiring physician.
"You made us feel like family"
Dear Dr. Jaddou,
I hope you and your wife are doing well. I am finishing my externship with medclerkships in NY this week and I have to say you made us feel like family when we were in Michigan. That is something NY was lacking. I have your externship highly recommended and hope you see a student very soon who says ------- sent us. Thank you for the conference, it was a new and different experience. Will keep you posted on how my application season is going.
Hi Dr. Jaddou,
I just found out that I matched at my #1 choice,……. University. I am so grateful to all who helped me along the way, especially you! Overall, I had 19 interview offers and attended 18. I made sure to make the experience in your office one of my main talking points. Please share the news with Sandy! I hope you are both well!
Hello Dr. Jaddou,(March 2018)
I believe you may still remember me,.... the Egyptian graduate.
I did match this match season at S..... Family Medicine Residency program. Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave to me and all others, it was really helpful during my interviews. I was able to express myself as a real practicing physician, not just as a graduate from a medical school. May God bless your work.
Outpatient Somerset Family Medicine rotation
with Dr. Neil Jaddou, in Michigan
One LOR, one preceptor.
LOR has university and 4 hospital logos because Dr. Jaddou has professorship appointment to 2 medical schools and is a staff at 4 hospitals: Henry Ford, DMC, Beaumont and St. John hospitals
I Did Not Match!
"After going unmatched, I looked at my CV and decided that I needed to upgrade it with some recent clinical type experience and new LOR. Looking at the paid externship programs, Americlerkships, Medclerkships, FMG portal, Dr. Jaddou's American Externship: Somerset Family Medicine, I chose the Somerset program simply because I recognized one of his externs on the website from one of my interviews. So I took a chance. I'm happy with my experience at Somerset Family Medicine,. If you need USCE then take a chance on something and go get it."
Dear Dr. Jaddou,
"I am currently trying to find US clinical experience
office, but the other paid externships are not that clear cut in what they offer plus they require way too many documents. Your program looks more transparent and genuine compared to others."
Greeting from Chicago,
Hello boss, just wanted to update you on how things are going and also say that I miss my observership at your clinic. There are so many students at this clinic and I've been telling them about your externship. Hopefully, some of them actually go and get some awesome experience.
I have matched!
Good morning Dr. Jaddou,
I hope this message finds you well. I just want to let you know that I matched at ...It was my first choice.
According to The IMG’s Guide to Finding U.S. Clinical Experience KAPLAN TEST PREP
"2. Go the direct route with direct placement clinics"
Other comments from the forums:
USCE is not an absolute requirement for residency, although it markedly increases your chances. However, good scores alone aren't enough. Your scores are impressive but don't be fooled into thinking the higher the score it compensates for something. Complete your research project, publish something, get some USCE and you should be competitive enough. Why hamper these awesome, stellar scores with lack of USCE?
Dear Dr. Jaddou,
I didn't match to a pathology position during the main match but I was accepted to one during SOAP! I really believe your LOR helped them a lot in their decision (they even discussed it during the phone interview). Thank you so much for all the help.
I am happy to write to you that I am invited to an interview at .....I am excited and nervous at the same time. I just would like to thank you once again as I strongly believe I was invited because of your externship.
I received my first interview invitation this morning. Guess where? ...... I am so excited!!!! Thank you again for the LOR.
Our American Externship program sent our externs to this conference
A Wonderful Doctor & a Friend
“Very busy, interesting, and productive 6 weeks-that is how I can describe my experience in Somerset Family Medicine clinic. Dr. Jaddou is highly experienced as a family physician. His experience and his love to teach makes for a great environment for an externship. His enthusiastic approach to his patients and his profession is a great example for future physicians.
Pictured above our year participation in the health fair. As extern, you will participate.
" A Very Very Good Experience"
"It is like a real residency program"
"Somerset Family Medicine gives you a thorough insight into US medical system. SFM staff are kind. Dr.Neil Jaddou is a man of principles yet balanced and open-minded, courteous with patients, tactful with staff, and canny in discharging the standard the care. You interact with a couple of other externs and nurse practitioners students, it is like a real residency program"
Alaa Toma, Baghdad, Iraq
Program Directors Wants You to Be PROFICIENT IN EMR.
"Match and Become a US Doctor" "This rotation made me feel confident enough to be matched and to become a US doctor." K. Lee, M.D. 2010 extern
"The Best Experience in My Life"
"It turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life. Dr. Jaddou was not only closely observing me, but he was also very keen on teaching." Remon Assaad, M.D. Alexandria, Egypt.
"The Best Experience in My Life"
"Working with Dr. Jaddou was a great opportunity for me to do an externship. It has given me plenty of medical knowledge. Now I believe I am well prepared for a residency. Thanks a lot, Dr. Jaddou." -Mirna Rizkalla, M.D. California.
Dr. Jaddou giving a lecture to his externs. These lecture series are taken from his textbook titled the "Bread and Butter of Family Medicine" Which includes: HTN, Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Antibiotics etc.
Carpe Diem, "Seize the Day", Do not postpone, jump on this opportunity. Most residency programs require at least 3 months of externship.
When it comes to residency application, the competition is fierce:
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, wrote:
Dear Dr. Jaddou!It's been a while since I've kept you updated.
(You can add this part to your website if you want): I got into residency, and I start this year! I want to thank you for creating your program! It offered me the opportunity to continue to improve upon my medical skills and knowledge during the period between medical school and residency. Although I only participated in your externship for 2 months over a year ago (June/July 2016), I recollect my experience with fondness. Your program allowed me to build the confidence I needed to transition from medical student to resident physician. I participated in other externships, but none compare to the quality that you provide for the participating extern. You encouraged me to work efficiently in the outpatient environment, provided me with an opportunity to exhibit my leadership potential (when going to the Family Medicine National Conference in July 2016 and during the externship as Chief Resident). I'm thankful for your lectures, quizzes, and expectations-- all aspects that helped me understand self-discipline and responsibility. I continue to recommend your program to others and will continue to speak highly of my experience.
"It was an amazing learning experience at Dr. Jaddous's clinic. He is a great teacher, a very kind and considerate physician, and a supportive mentor. The rotation made me confident that I can handle residency very well. I really enjoyed my days at the rotation."