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pvt27

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Hi,

I start rotations in June and was wondering if anyone has any advice/ideas on what elective is good to take during the 3rd year. I have no idea what I am interested in yet and my elective is pretty early in the rotation-year (September). I was just confused as to what to do since it will be before most of my rotations. What did you guys do?

Any help/advice is appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I did an EM rotation because I think every med student should rotate through the ER at least once and it was not a required clerkship at my school.
 

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I did an EM rotation because I think every med student should rotate through the ER at least once and it was not a required clerkship at my school.

I agree that EM is important and a good rotation to do, but I think it'd be pretty tough to do this so early in your third year. It's a good 4th year rotation because it really requires knowledge from every third year block. I'd personally choose something like radiology, anesthesia, derm...
 

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I agree that EM is important and a good rotation to do, but I think it'd be pretty tough to do this so early in your third year. It's a good 4th year rotation because it really requires knowledge from every third year block. I'd personally choose something like radiology, anesthesia, derm...

Agreed. Radiology would be a great rotation to do early in the year because you will come across imaging in just about every other field, and you don't need to know much about the other specialties to gain valuable information from a radiology rotation.
 

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Do something that you otherwise wouldn't be exposed to during 3rd-year clerkships, like radiology, anesthesia, dermatology, ophthalmology, or pathology.

I can't tell you the number of people I know that changed their specialty of choice late in the game simply because they had no exposure to it until the summer or fall of 4th year.
 
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