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What is a good away rotation to do for G. Surg applicants?

And which is better - doing an away at a place where you are more likely to match or at a brand name hospital where you don't have a chance of matching but may get a letter of rec from some big dog?

Waaay stressed,

P.S. Big congrats to those who survived the match this year!!
 

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Hey Aboo,

Congrats on matching! So did your away strategy work? And if you don't mind sharing, where will you be for the next five years??
 
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I think my strategy worked. I Match at Duke for general surgery (that was my reach program). So I would recommend the way I did it. Good Luck next year. I'll be happy to answer any other questions that you may have.
 
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Originally posted by aboo-ali-sina
I think my strategy worked. I Match at Duke for general surgery (that was my reach program). So I would recommend the way I did it. Good Luck next year. I'll be happy to answer any other questions that you may have.
Is it better to do an elective or sub-internship during an away elective? Or does it not matter?
 

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I did SubI's at both places. I think the important thing to do is do your rotations with influential people at that institution. I.E. be on the PD or Chairman's service and show them that your typify the three A's of surgery: Availability, Affability, and Ability. So whether you do a SubI or and elective, you should work equally as hard. Remember you are auditioning for a spot as an intern so you want to put your best foot forward and show them that you are going to be a good intern who knows about his (or her) patients and is available to do the work that is necesary to run the service.

That is why, if you are not prepared to work hard for the whole time that you are there and you need time to get used to a hospital before you can perform the tasks of an intern, doing an away rotation will backfire. But if you are willing to work hard, then do an away.

Good luck!
 
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Originally posted by aboo-ali-sina
I did SubI's at both places. I think the important thing to do is do your rotations with influential people at that institution. I.E. be on the PD or Chairman's service and show them that your typify the three A's of surgery: Availability, Affability, and Ability. So whether you do a SubI or and elective, you should work equally as hard. Remember you are auditioning for a spot as an intern so you want to put your best foot forward and show them that you are going to be a good intern who knows about his (or her) patients and is available to do the work that is necesary to run the service.

That is why, if you are not prepared to work hard for the whole time that you are there and you need time to get used to a hospital before you can perform the tasks of an intern, doing an away rotation will backfire. But if you are willing to work hard, then do an away.

Good luck!
Great advice. Of course I plan to work hard, but that's a good point about dealing with a new hospital, new setting, new environment, etc. I feel it shouldn't be too much of a problem for me since I've had to adjust to working in many different hospitals here in the state...I think, all told, I've worked in about 8-9 different ones so far.
 
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