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Essen Health Care’s Clinical Clerkship Program Announces Success of 17 Applicant Matches for Residency Programs

Bronx, NY, April 20, 2017– Essen Health Care proudly announced the successful match of 17 of its Clinical Clerkship Program participants to Residency Training Programs – a 68% success rate - at hospitals across the country. The placement offers were extended by a number of competitive hospitals in New York, including Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and New York–Presbyterian Hospital. Other notable placement locations included Capital Health Medical Center in New Jersey, Marshall School University of Medicine in West Virginia, and Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts.

“We are very excited for all the clerkship participants who matched this year. Their success is a testament to our clerkship program and will serve as role model for future residents,” said Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director of Essen Health Care.

Since its inception in 2005, Essen’s Clinical Clerkship Program has provided a vehicle for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to garner the domestic clinical experience necessary for U.S. residency program placement. The program is offered as either a part-time or full-time position, geared toward helping participants accrue clinical hours to more competitively position their application and enhanced qualifications for possible residency placement in the U.S. In addition to providing hands-on clinical experience, Essen Health Care offers opportunities for employment, networking, and research and publication outlets for all IMG program participants.

“The clerkship program has provided me with direct patient interaction, EHR experience and helped me increase my clinical skills. Overall it was an amazing experience” noted Mohammed Seth, a program participant who successfully matched in Internal Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center.

Initially launched with only a handful of dedicated IMGs, to the current longstanding enrollment of over 90 rotating members of various medical graduate specialties and levels, Essen’s Clinical Clerkship Program has ushered many aspiring physicians into the medical field throughout New York State and beyond.

“An IMG must overcome three major obstacles on the journey to residency – success on the USMLE, obtaining valuable clinical experience within the U.S. healthcare system, and earning strong, defining letters of recommendation. Essen provided all of the above plus an impressive learning environment, where I was able to gain clinical experience” shared Kevat Patel, a program participant who successfully matched in Internal Medicine at Marshall University School of Medicine.

For more information about Essen Health Care or its Clinical Clerkship Program please contact Abraham Gandi at 929-239-4160 or via email at