cwt16 said:Anyone ever done an away rotation and then not gotten an interview? Or done an away rotation after getting rejected from an interview?
CNphair said:Yes. I think it is a common phenomenon among the competitive specialties. Sometimes you go to a big name institution for the purpose of getting a good letter and "hope" for an interview. Many students in plastics, rad onc, and radiology never get interview offers from their away rotations. But it looks good on the resume that they performed well at the top program... I am sure this trickles down through all specialties. Of course, it could also mean that the student did not perform up to par...but the rotation evaluation should hint at that.
cabinbuilder said:Yep, happened to me. I did an away in New Mexico. Got LOR's and was even asked to apply there. Got an A on the rotation after the director told me that visiting student never get A's. I applied to that program an was turned down right away. No interview. Nothing. So not sure about that one. It seems so randon the whole residency application process. I figure it's their loss. Go figure??
BKN said:Did you ask the program director? Errors do happen when there are hundreds of apps to be juggled. The worst they could say is no we didn't really mean it when we asked you to apply.
So I got feedback from New Mexico today. It seems they take DO applicants (me) but only if you have taken the USMLE (which I didn't) It's buried in they website information. They do not recognize COMLEX at all. That is why my application was denied. Very crappy.
cwt16 said:Anyone ever done an away rotation and then not gotten an interview?
Absolutely!Methyldopa said:I think it's poor form that some programs do this!
But then again, if programs behave that way, you're better off not going there.
f_w said:This is not so uncommon.
A couple of years ago, we had a really bright DO student rotate through our radiology department. He had all the qualities you would look for in a resident (showed up on time, gave an interesting presentation and was just a sincere friendly person to be around). Our GME comittee invited him for an interview, but when time came around to do the matchlist I didn't find him anywhere in the 'matching' range. My PDs explanation was that 'the dean didn't want him to match DOs because it made the program look less competitive'.
(The student didn't match for rads that year but ended up in a categorical IM spot at our hospital. With the next match he moved to an upper tier academic rads program....)
EctopicFetus said:How is this.. I got rejected from doing a 4th yr rotation! Then they wait list me for a regular interview. Kinda weird IMO.
BKN said:They may have had a limited number of slots for rotations. That doesn't mean that they don't want your app. Further, most places need to handle their own students first. My dean would be annoyed if our students couldn't get an EM rotation while I filled the place with OOTers.