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Never Lose Hope!

by Umar Tariq 


' Hope is a good thing, probably the best of all the things one could ever come across.'

 Keeping a clear vision and heart is important. There are moments when we are disappointed and dejected, when we totally loose hope but there is so much sadness in the world; for a moment consider those people who are less fortunate and less blessed than us, those poor  helpless people who cannot afford two times meals, who could not even dream of the basic necessities of life; those unfortunate people  who have lost their limbs/ their senses; even then, they all try to live life happily with a hope of better tomorrow; if they can... why can't  we?

 We are very lucky to be born with much blessed minds, bodies and souls than many other people of the world but that puts lots of extra  responsibilities on us for the ones less fortunate and we cannot fulfil those responsibilities if we lose hope in life.

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. Grief, sorrow, fear and apprehensions...all are integral part of life; they make us realize the 'true' reality of happiness and success, thus adding to the beauty of life. Life without fears and apprehensions would have been dull. They are like horror movies, breath-taking rides that many of us enjoy. Infact, we enjoy the feeling of fear. If we never fail, we never live...

Visa Experience

by Mohit Apoorva

Umar bhai, i must thank you and all the contributors towards the awesome resource that bears the title ''.!

I've been more or less a silent observer of the site till date and i must admit, it has changed my prospects immensely. Only a couple of months ago i was feeling its too late for applying to universities for electives; and than i read you say 'Its never too late'. Than i was wondering what'll i get and certainly wont get the field of interest, but than i read you say 'Somethiing is better than nothing'! And so i applied to many universities and to my jubilation, i got an acceptance from YALE Infectious Diseases in may, and now i find myself with an option to wait for the June-July month's approval from harvard, and if not, i can always do another month from Yale itself.

It was still too early in the day for me to celebrate, because Visa has always been my black sheep. My experience would be of no value given all that Akshay and Swapnil and Medisid and others have already covered exhaustively, but just for the dejected people; i would like to narrate my odds.

A) I have a sister in US who had her higher education from States and is now still there after completing her course.

B) I was born in Saudi

c) I have an instance of stolen passport

Visa Experience

by Sarah Riaz

Got the visa yesterday. It was just a matter of 20 mins for me, out of which about 15 were spent waiting in the queue to get my application back, bound with the passport and going through security checks to walk inside!!! I was the 21st person to go inside for finger printing, but the 1st person to get it even before an air hostess who was there on a routine visit and was asked to wait in the next room for them to get back to her. I did not have a formal interview at counters, nothing was checked in my financial documents, only the acceptances.


Here's the whole story: I was told to go to room 2 for my finger printing, as i entered it i took it in at first glance and saw a very, very bored lookin middle aged man standing, yawning widely behind a bullet proof screen with only a sliding window for documents in it. I nodded slightly at him in professional acknowledgement while i entered and then walked to the side of the room to a chair a chair, waiting for my turn and watching the people before me. He didnt talk or greet any one other than the air hostess who he was acquainted with already and his helper guy who was helping people with the finger prints outside the window. When I got to the window he gave the slightest hint of a smile, switched his intercom on and said,


"Hello, and how are you today??"

Me: (surprised) "Oh im very well!!! Thankyou!! how are you?!!!"

him: "good, good, Im good too."


Then checked my application both on paper and in his computer, while I was being finger printed. Then switched his intercom again and asked,


"Are you a student now??"

How to find sponsor for Johns Hopkins Research Elective!

by Medisid


There are THREE ways to find a mentor.

1) Download the pdf elective handbook from visiting students webpage of JHUSOM

Browse through the handbook to your specialty and at end of each specialty there they have listed people who are doing research in what topics in that specialty. Note their names from that and then search their email from myJHU portal using search people.

2) Other option is to go to department pages on the following link

Go to your dept of choice, in the department webpage go to subspecialty page and/or click on 'our doctors/physicians' Most of the departments have their faculty listed in this manner, or someway else. But THEY DO HAVE their faculty listed in every departments. You just have to find the right page. It will take time, so DO Spend time on it. This is crude method, but helpful to find the doctors...........If you find the doctors name, get their email address from myJHU link stated above.

Visa Experience

by Vaibhav


Hey Friends,

I just got my Visa approved so i thought i will share my experience with u so that u get a picture. Most of us have problem as to how to convince the Visa officer that we need a B1/B2 Visa for electives and that the university wants us to come on Visitor Visa. Attached is proof from the U.S Foreign affairs manual(at the bottom of webpage) which clearly states that clerkships( electives ) are to be done on Visitor Visa. Look on page 17 of the manual. Moreover attached is also a file from Yale stating the same and also the definition of clerkships. Now i will describe more about visa n then i will answer FAQs about it..


How to apply..

Ok Applying for a visa is very simple...

Step 1 - Go to a HDFC bank which provides a Visa receipt after taking Visa fees.. You will get 2 receipts .. keep them safely with u. they take one or 2 days to get activated.

Visa Experience

by Swapnil Lanjewar


Well, once we get acceptance for electives, the next major issue that haunts us is the VISA. Same was the case with me and as I personally knew very few people who had gone on a tourist VISA, I was bit worried about how to proceed. But Medisid’s blog and few others’ guidance helped me long way. So, thank you all for the same!

Well, here are few tips and my experiences, to help people like me who have to start from the scratch.

Getting started-

After getting  approval for electives, log on to and read the relevant pages thoroughly. This will introduce you to the basics of VISA. Next, as Medisid has already mentioned, log on to for even more detailed information. I got all the relevant pages printed and then read them carefully. This makes you feel confident and comfortable about the VISA process.

For scheduling the interview-

 Now that you are aware about the VISA process, you need to start the actual process. (Though all info has been given on immihelp, I will mention the steps I actually went through.)

1) Go to your nearest designated branch of HDFC Bank taking along a good quality Xerox of first and last page of your passport and approximately Rs. 7000/- application fee. You will get 3 receipts, white one, blue and a pink one. The white one will be kept by the Bank and they will hand you over the blue and pink receipts.

2) Filling up the DS 160 form

How I got my Electives & Visa!

by Akshay Sharma

I am an Intern and like you all here I too am planning to pursue a residency in the US. Coming to the main story, how I got my electives. I have no family in the US and not many seniors or friends to guide me with the process either. Internet has practically been my source of all the info and let me assure you, it is good enough. Through people who have secured electives on these communities, their descriptions, various websites etc I too was able to chart out my plan and thus got electives. But before I begin, let me tell you one more thing. There is no one single source that will give you all the info and neither am I trying to do so. Things change and the so do the policies of the colleges. And no one person can collect all the info at one place. You have to do your own research. You have to search for the best place that suits you and that accepts you. I am describing below my story.

GRE for Medical Students

 by Saurav Suman


Hi everyone. I have taken my GRE general test yesterday and I would like to share my experience with you all. Since I have learnt a lot about gre through blogs and forums its my duty to payback. First of all, I am a medical student presently in internship from India. I have given gre for getting admission into MPH course. I scored 1380 (610 verbal + 770 quantitative). Though it is not a great score but I think it’s a healthy one. Now let’s trim the fat and come to the crux. One more thing, if your weak point is quant you will be less benefited by reading this article.


Whizzing through the Visa!

by MediSid!


"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants/predecessors." – Sir Isaac Newton.

So during my visa preparation, I got good guidance from,, and of course this website and Umar bhai.
The following is my perception and account of the visa hassles I went through to gain my Visitor Visa for electives. I got acceptance from NIH in mid September and from that time I started preparing for my visa interview. I had researched a lot about the visitor visa before and knew that this process is very dicey. So was very freaked about it as I had some shortcomings. Basically, there are three things one should prove to the Visa Officer during the interview. They are the following in order of decreasing importance.

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