Originally Posted by surge55
well, I'm not sure exactly what he means but my gf did a rotation at Kings county in Brooklyn and basically the nurses did absolutely nothing. my gf did all the order entries, blood draws, FOBTs, etc etc. I think the only thing she didn't have to do was clean out bedpans.
Ha! As a Downstate student, I can tell you that is a completely accurate description of the Kings County nursing situation. It can be a very, very annoying, but as a student it made for some excellent training and I feel very prepared coming out of med school. I doubt I'd want to deal with that for residency though. Its not as bad at most other NYC hospitals outside of the public ones, but its not much better, though.
Also, OP, don't forget the Manhattan "community" programs either. Most of them are strongly affiliated with academic places and have pretty strong programs as well: Lenox HIll, Beth Israel, St. Lukes-Roosevelt. Also, as a complete back up, be sure to apply to Maimonides hospital in Brooklyn. I did a lot of my med school rotations there and its just a fantastic place to work and learn. I'm sure you'll match well before you hit them on your rank list, but if you do, its not a bad back-up to have at all!