My school doesn’t have a home rads program so I’ve been trying to find an away, but so far everywhere has replied to me saying they aren’t taking students. And a lot of the schools on VSAS aren’t accepting applications. Has anyone actually found anywhere taking people?
I'm in a similar boat (applying DR, no home rads program, no luck with VSAS.) I had DR & IR rotations scheduled at a program near my school, but it was only because I made a good impression on the scheduling lady way back in December and she told me she'd help me out come 4rth year. COVID ended up cancelling my DR rotation, and I'm left with my IR rotation and that's it. I don't want to do IR, I don't know much about IR, but I somehow need to get my one Rads LOR from that rotation.
I only have 4 apps left on VSAS. 2 are to a program I spent 4 years at un undergrad, but I applied 2 weeks late (wasn't going to apply for an away originally because I had confirmed DR & IR rotations) and the other 2 apps have been sitting for months now.
So anyways, I feel your rads-related pain.
UPDATE (07/07/20): I stopped being so picky about specific locations I wanted to match & tossed 23 more applications out there yesterday. Got an offer today from a university-associated hospital in my home state (I think that connection may have helped? Not sure...)
So I guess for anybody else struggling to snag a rotation in their specialty (b/c of COVID), maybe be willing to apply a little more broadly for away rotations. Even if you don't end up wanting to match there, it's at least an opportunity to snag a LOR you need and learn things in the field you're actually interested in.