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away elective at northwestern or u chicago

Discussion in 'Radiology' started by medicinehopeful, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. medicinehopeful

    medicinehopeful Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    hey all,
    is it worth the time to do an away elective at northwestern or u chicago if step 1 score is in the 230s? By "worth the time", I mean getting an interview.
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  3. Taurus

    Taurus Paul Revere of Medicine 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    You will typically get an interview at the place you did an away. Doesn't mean you will get accepted there.

    For aways, I decided that to save costs it makes most sense to do aways at your home city or where you can stay with family or friends. Doesn't make much sense to spend $2000 to do an away that in the end may not influence decision-makers that much.
  4. hans19

    hans19 I'm back... Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    If you don't live in chicago, and you are not considering either as a top choice (for you) then, NO its not worth it.
  5. shaholin

    shaholin Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    I have a similar question. I'm from a med school in NYC and I hear its hard to break into the midwest.. Would it be smart to do 1-2 aways in rads like NU/Rush/UIC/Uchicago.. I ultimately want to be in Chicago however don't really have any ties there except for the fact I went to undergrad there.

    Thanks for any help.
  6. PeepshowJohnny

    PeepshowJohnny 2+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    According to the scuttlebut on Auntminnie, Northwestern had the highest number of applications this year of any program. If you REALLY want to go there, I'd say try to set up an away rotation there because it was hella competitive this year.
  7. shaholin

    shaholin Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    I don't care if its particularly NU.. I mean NU would be nice but what about the other programs in chicago.. Like Rush, UChicago, UIC, Loyola, Cook County.. etc

    I really want to go to a program where I can get into an IR fellowship..

    Would being an NU alum give me any more of a chance? Also do away rotations (granted you don't blow it) really guarantee you at least an interview?

  8. Labslave

    Labslave Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2005
    Nothing guarantees you an interview, although in general a very high percentage of those who do aways (and don't blow it) get interviewed. :luck:

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