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Dismissed from the US med school

Discussion in 'Caribbean' started by SaviorDoctor, Mar 21, 2012.

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  1. SaviorDoctor


    Mar 21, 2012

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    Hello all,
    I just got dismissed from a US medical school. I passed the Step 1 above average and got above average on ALL of my shelf exams. In fact, some of them were in the 90% percentile range. No professional issues whatsoever; I was always on time and worked more than asked. All the evals said that. I just got some unsatisfactory clinical evals and I am not sure those were justified. Some evaluators wrote things like, I don't communicate well with other attendings or residents, awkward to watch, or too quite and introvert for medicine. At the end, the school thought I was unfit for clinical medicine. Anyway, I am still unhappy how these comments alone were enough for my dismissal, and I am doing what I can to get re-instated.

    Meanwhile, I am looking into different Carribean schools that I can transfer to. I would like to start off as a third year student doing the clinicals again. Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated
  2. Johnson282


    Mar 6, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I have no advice for you, but I would just like to say...Damn. That really sucks.

    Good luck whatever happens mate.
  3. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! Moderator SDN Advisor

    Oct 11, 2006
    SDN 7+ Year Member
    There are so many details missing it's hard to know what to tell you. First, reading between the lines, it appears you were a student at a US allopathic medical school (as I don't believe that DO's can use the shelf exam). It appears that you received concerning comments on your clinical rotations, and were ultimately terminated.


    1. US medical schools do not just terminate people for a few comments like this. You likely had multiple comments, over multiple rotations, with multiple warnings, for something like this to happen. Or, you had a "major event", which you have denied.

    2. You mention that you're a 4th year student. It seems likely that these problems were noticed in 3rd year. I'd be very surprised if your 3rd year performance was fine, and then you ran into these problems in 4th year. I assume that you did not participate in the match this year, because your school had concerns about your performance.

    In any case, advice:

    1. Going to the carib is no easy path. You will still need to disclose this termination on your residency applications. PD's are unlikely to believe that you were targeted / treated unfairly in medical school, since that honestly doesn't happen often. One of the nice things about clinical rotations is that each one is seperate -- you get new evaluators, new course directors, and often a whole new clinical site to rotate in. PD's are going to owrry that whatever problem you had in medical school will become a problem again in residency.

    2. Clinical rotations from the carib schools are no cake walk. You'll mostly be on your own, trying to arrange rotations, etc.

    3. It doesn't seem from your post that you agree that you have a problem. If you do, it's certain to continue to affect your performance.

    4. You're unlikely to get into the "top" carib schools, which will make getting a residency spot more difficult

    That being said, your only chance of continuing your medical training would be through the carib, or by getting reinstated to your medical school. The latter is far superior.

    Overall, what you need most is to find someone there whom you trust implicitly, and have them review your performance with you. You need to hear the truth, even if it hurts.
  4. GuerreDePlume


    Apr 15, 2012
    I can't imagine them dismissing you just for being strange. Something doesn't add up.
  5. OATAcer


    Dec 22, 2008
    SDN 5+ Year Member
  6. dragonfly99


    May 15, 2008
    Attending Physician
    SDN 5+ Year Member
    Agree trying to get reinstated at your school is going to be far better. There must be something going on with your interactions with people, and you need to figure out what it is. Yes, people can be vindictive and judgmental but ultimately you have to be able to play nice w/people in the hospital, including nurses, patients, and attendings and other residents. So you have to figure out what it is about what you are doing that is irking them...ask your school for help with this...swallow your pride and see if there is any way they will take you back.

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