I've heard the pros and cons of doing away rotations. A summary: Pros - You shine, they love you, you match there. Case closed. Cons - Even if you're good, good enough to earn an A on the rotation, the program takes the "grass is always greener" approach and is more impressed by applicants whom they only see on paper and meet for a few minutes on interview day. (Kind of like how the hottest girls are hotter the less often you see them. Anyone you see every da*n day becomes less exciting.) I've heard some people go so far as to say that unless you have an exact personality match with a majority of the residents at a given program, don't do an away rotation there. Apply there, and let your app and your interview do the talking. It's easy to pretend that you're "that guy" during an interview, but it's impossible to do for a month. I'm planning on doing an away rotation at the place I most badly want to match in. Problemo: I'm not the hard-drinking type. The guys there aren't, either, but let's face it: having a few brewskies on the weekend is standard fare for most residents. It'd be one thing if the night before the interview I didn't throw down a couple with the guys, but if, after a month of hanging out with the residents, I refuse always to share a beer with them (on account of my recovering from an alkie problem that I'd rather hide from them), then I'll get tagged as the party-pooper. No one wants to work with the party-pooper for the next 2-3 yrs, so I could get shafted in the rank process. Ideas?