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Away Rotations and LOR

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by saloonyk8, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. saloonyk8


    Apr 9, 2007

    I'm an MSIII interested in Anesthesiology. Just had a couple of quick questions:

    1) For away rotations, is it better to do a general anesthesiology or can I take something like cardiothoracic or pain? I really want to take CT to learn but I don't want to look like a fool at a place where I want to match.

    2) Do we need a LOR from an anesthesiologist or does it matter?

    3) Step 1 210-220 with non-anesthesiology research (hopefully 1-2 pubs), does that give me a chance at places like Emory/UAB or are those out of my league?

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  3. cb3221

    cb3221 New Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    I had this same dilemma last year. I did both an away CT rotaion and pain rotation. Halfway through both I asked and was able to rotate through general anesthesia for the final week. Its a good idea to work with as many attendings as possible and the program directors at these places happened to be in general. If i had to do it again I would stick to general anesthesia for the exposure and to get down the basics on healthier patients.(versus CT were i basically placed a line and stayed out the way)
  4. saloonyk8


    Apr 9, 2007
    Thanks that's good advice. I hope my home school will allow taking 3 general rotations, sometimes they have issues...but I can try the one week thing too.
  5. Duckie24

    Duckie24 Totally Quackers! 5+ Year Member

    May 28, 2004
    I would never discourage an application, but be aware that some places have Step 1 cutoff scores. I know UAB and Emory are two such places. Exact numbers are just rumor, but I heard Emory, at least, was around 225 cutoff for interview this past year. With that being said, a few extra $$ to send off another application is no big deal at this point, so it can't hurt.

    Also, I would tend to recommend doing general as this gives you a variety of cases and people with whom to work. If you're interested in CT, most places will tailor your schedule to an interest area.

    As far as pain is concerned, it may depend on the program. I did an away where there was only 1 pain attending, so that was the only person I had contact with the entire rotation. I would not recommend rotating at that specific program, but others may be beneficial.
  6. Trisomy13

    Trisomy13 ultra 10+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    mountain home

    And to further add to the chaos, I can speak from experience and tell you that even places rumored to have "cut-off" numbers such as UAB will make exceptions, because I interviewed there and had a Step 1 score that would surely not make any cut-off. I made up for that blemish in other areas (step 2, publications, advanced degree, etc), but my case stands to prove that they do not just look at one score and throw away the application. I found this to be true at several programs that are often touted on this board as being those with strict cut-offs.

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