also, if I wanted electives related to EM (I've already done EM), would it be more useful to do a trauma surgery elective, or a Peds EM elective? I'd be more interested in trauma surgery but ultimately I'd just want to do general EM and the Peds EM elective might be more convenient (local). Thanks for thoughts.
if you're a M3 planning for your M4 year, all you need is two EM rotations total (at least one should be at a place with a EM residency). peds EM/trauma really isnt that important. it can get you a letter, but seriously, im with BKN (who's a PD), travel, do something, anything, that you cant do during residency. you'll have plenty of trauma, and peds EM during your residency. plus during apps, people like to talk about meaningful travel experiences much more then more "trauma" stories/.
I hv been accepted for a peds cardio elective in beginning of 2013. How good is the elective at Cooks ? Do you get to learn? Also, is it an counted as an official elective like the rest. Has anyone has prior elective experience there? I m an IMG and eager to know more about Cooks County. & about housing too.I'm a current Cook County Resident, nothing has changed from the previous post. The residency is awesome and our adult ED is a great learning/training place, but I would not do a student rotation in the Peds ED. Still low acuity, low volume and surprisingly not that many peds patients, a lot of 18-24 year olds. Still staffed by pediatricians none of whom are officially involved in the EM residency and aren't involved in the interview/ranking process for our residency. I just think there are much better opportunities for 4th rotations out there.
We get much better pediatric experiences rotating through Comer and Children's hospital along with any of the kids that come into the community EDs we rotate through.
As for cheaper places to live in Chicago, the neighborhood right around the hospital should probably have some sublets available, and I know some of the medicine residents that live in the area take in students sometimes. When I was a MS4 doing a visiting rotation, I stayed in Pilsen, pretty close and cheap, I lived in a shared artist studio for $300 for the month...no privacy, but I had a clean bed and a safe place, so I didn't care.