4th Years: Please Give back with scutwork.com

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by zeke88, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. zeke88

    zeke88 New Member

    Oct 20, 2001
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    Congratulations to all of those who matched this year. I urge all of you to take a few minutes and go to scutwork.com to put in your feelings and opinions on not just your future home, but any programs in which you interviewed, rotated in, or know something about. We all know FREIDA sucks, so here's a chance to give to the future years a resource that could be invaluable in narrowing down our program choices. It only takes a few minutes.
    Thank You,
    Zeke88, future 4th year in need of guidance
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    Great suggestion. Since the demise of the Interview Forum on Medschool.com there really isn't a good source of information on residency programs that I know of.

    If everyone would take a bit of time and jot some notes about places you interviewed, matched, rotated through, etc. we (and presumably junior students) would really appreciate it.

  4. Stormreaver

    Stormreaver The Blade of Tyshalle

    Feb 28, 2002
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    On my way........
  5. carddr

    carddr Senior Member

    Jan 29, 2002
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    Any specific programs...rads,surgery, ortho,peds,etc?????
  6. migraineboy

    migraineboy Member

    Dec 22, 2001
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    I have a piece of advice for ya...when cleveland clinic tells you that they will have a spot for you, don't believe them (I'm still a little bitter). Seriously though, a few general pieces of advice for others about the application process.
    1) get your letters of rec. from docs right after you finish a rotation. They will obviously remember you (they might not later on). If you wait until is it time to apply, many of these docs get swamped with people asking for LOR and you will either get a hurried letter or get blown off.
    2) get more letters than you need. Some docs just don't write good letters, and you don't want to send these.
    3) during interviews, PD's can say just about anything they want (ie. if you want to come here next year, we have a spot for you (still bitter)), and it means nothing. The only thing that matters is the contract you sign. So don't bank on a program if they tell you that you are in unless they hand you a contract.
    4) after interviews, always send thank-you letters to the individuals you interviewed with. Never hurts.
    5) be nice to everyone associated with the programs you are applying to, even/especially secretary's. I watched a secretary tell a PD about a rude applicant and that person found his way into the "no thanks" pile immediately.
    6) for DO's, seriously consider taking the USMLE. I did not, and I wish I had. Despite saying they took COMLEX scores, some ACGME programs that I applied to wanted to see USMLE scores before they would give somebody an interview.
    7) write sincere personal statements, and let several others proof it for you, especially a PD if you can.
    8) set aside $$$ now if you can. The interview trail can get spendy.
    Thats all I have off of the top of my head right now

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