Away rotations in Ophthalmology

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  1. skiing42

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    I'm at a top 10 medical school, doing well in clerkships and plan to have ~4-5 pubs by the time I apply (including a few first author papers and abstracts, some in ophtho, some in another specialty). Haven't taken step 1 yet, will take it in December. Should I do an away rotation in Ophtho if there is an institution I really want to go to?
     
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    Probably not necessary if you do average to above average on step 1.
     
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    If there is a program in which you are VERY interested, and you honestly think that you can make a good impression, then I would say to go for it. Just make sure you really assess your ability to be likeable for a whole month, otherwise an away rotation could backfire.
     
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    I wouldn't if I were you.
     
  5. OphthoApp

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    How are you doing clerkships without having taken step 1?
     
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    I went to a foreign med school and consequently needed to do 5 aways to get American letters of rec and so forth, so I have more experience than most.

    One place I made a good impression. One place I think I pissed everyone off and I'm not sure anyone at the other three rotations even knew I was there.

    Choose a place where they have a busy clinic and med students are allowed a lane to try to tech patients. Show up early and leave late. Don't ask too many questions. Don't chat up patients too much -- it's not like the wards where you have time to write six page H and P's in which you delineate the family history of the patient's dog. This is a busy clinic. Help move the clinic, learn how to be efficient.

    Good luck. PM me if you have more q's.
     

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