- Nov 24, 2009
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I hope this question has not been asked ad nauseum. I searched and couldn't find it. I'm a second-year DO student with my sights set on EM, however I am definitely not certain it's for me since I have not done rotations yet. I am basing my interest on the fact that I am broadly interested in peds, neuro, psych, OB/GYN, etc. I can't imagine myself working an 8-5 or even working in an office setting. I've always enjoyed fast-paced work (and yes, I know EM is not always like that) and I'm fine with long hours of shift work (at least I say that now!). Unfortunately, my school does not have any 3rd year rotations in EM and none of the hospitals in the area even accept 3rd year students. I do have the option of doing EM as an elective during 3rd year, but would have to do it as an away rotation. My goal is to end up at a residency in my home town, so presumably I'd love to do an audition rotation there during 4th year, but preferably after I've already had my first EM experience elsewhere. I have great grades and anticipate a good step 1 score, but I know that to get the proper LORs, I need to do rotations at locations with residency programs. Is there any advice for me to figure out early enough that EM is for me? I've heard that it's good to shadow an ER doc, but how do I go about finding someone to let me shadow them? When should I do my first EM rotation and should I do it somewhere I'm not interested in pursuing a residency? How do I ensure I get adequate experience early on, to better my chances of a residency? I realize I don't quite know the ropes yet, but we are starting to set up our 3rd year rotations next month and I'm eager to start out on the right path! Thank you!