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Away electives not completely related to interested specialty

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by aintgotnoscrubs, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:20 AM.

  1. aintgotnoscrubs

    aintgotnoscrubs

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    I'm planning on applying to away electives in CA, which is where I plan to do residency (go to med school out of state). Pursuing IM residency.
    I read on the ACP and the forums here that they recommend doing electives in ones that aren't IM-related, for instance, radiology and pathology. I was looking at the Kaisers in CA because they don't charge tuition or processing fees according to VSAS, but they require letter of intent for dermatology, psychiatry etc.
    Should I bother applying to those electives? I feel like other applicants who are pursuing derm or psych would be taking those electives.
     
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  3. RadDocGoneBadDoc

    RadDocGoneBadDoc

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    I dont think you can go wrong with electives for IM. Since IM is such a broad field, doing a rad or derm elective should be okay.
     
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  4. Oso

    Oso 2+ Year Member

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    I think if you're going into IM, dermatology and radiology electives would be helpful. Psych and path a little less so, but doesn't mean they wouldn't be interesting. However, usually people do away electives in their field of choice (aka a program they're interested in matching at) and other electives at their home institution - so I'm not really sure why you want to do an away rotation in those elective fields if you may as well do it at home.
     
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  5. aintgotnoscrubs

    aintgotnoscrubs

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    My home institution doesn't offer regular psych or derm electives--choices are a bit limited :(
     

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