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EM Virtual Advisor

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by Hard24Get, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. Hard24Get

    Hard24Get The black sleepymed
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    Anyone else apply for a virtual advisor on the SAEM site? Did you hear back? If so, how long did it take? It's been a couple of weeks for me... :(

    Thanks
     
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  3. EctopicFetus

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    Resubmit.. I had to do it twice before I got a response. I ended up getting someone pretty big in EM (whose name I wont mention). Then I got my other "advisor" but I never emailed the 2nd one..

    Reapply is the bottom line..
     
  4. MD Dreams

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    I signed up. It took several weeks but I got a real great advisor, big name too. It's a great program, so you may want to remind them. All the best.
     
  5. Hard24Get

    Hard24Get The black sleepymed
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    Hey, thanks, guys. I was starting to wonder if they just couldn't find anyone interested. Will give it another shot! :thumbup:

    How do you know if someone is a "big name", out of curiousity? I am just looking for an EP wih similar interests who is willing to listen/advise me :oops: ... so that I can become a big name myself! :idea:
     
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    My advisor told me where she worked and I looked her up on the internet. That's how I found out her status.
     
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    I applied for a virtual adviser about 8 months ago and still haven't heard from SAEM. Are these advisers good to work with?
     
  8. Hard24Get

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    Well, it's gotta be better to ask an EP "what are my chances" and avoid the calls of "Fatty McFattypants", etc, etc. Also, for someone like me, who is interested in matching at home, I would like an objective outsider to talk to.
    Surprised you waited 8 mos. I already reapplied and If I don't hear anything for 2 weeks I will apply again or track down someone's number. :cool:
     
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    i was contacted within a few weeks...i found this outside, objective advisor to be an excellent resource. :thumbup:
     
  10. Hard24Get

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    Just to follow-up on this issue, I received TWO virtual advisors (one after the other) today. I think asking twice might have worked, but the email included a message:

    Thank you also for your patience in waiting for an assigned advisor. It
    normally does not take this much time; however, we were running short on
    advisors. You should contact your advisor soon if they haven't
    contacted you yet.

    Good luck to any interested.
     
  11. kbrown

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    i applied this time last year...still don't have one. nevertheless, got into em.
     
  12. beyond all hope

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    Good idea, but I don't see the point.

    I got a virtual advisor when I was an M4, and although she was both friendly and knowledgable, she wasn't able to help very much.

    Most of my M4 questions were the same as everyone else's:
    What are my chances?
    What do you think about this program?
    What should I look for in a residency?
    Why haven't I gotten more interview invites?

    Search the archives here for these answers.

    A real advisor is someone you connect with on a visceral level, who serves as a mentor and guide. Also someone with connections who can hook you up with the right people you need.

    BTW, you have at least five virtual advisors here on Scutwork. DocB's a veteran in private practice. Rumor has it he's even living the dream of the democratic group. Quinn, myself and Roja are all new attendings in academics. BKN is a PD. What more could you want?
     
  13. Dr.McNinja

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    The main thing that virtual advisors can help you with is the things like personal statements, and whether or not to put things into your eras. They might also be able to tell you places that you might want to apply. At the very least, it makes for someone you can talk to at one program when you interview there.
     
  14. Hard24Get

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    Well, everytime I think of posting here about what our chances are or personal statement woes, I fear the phrase, "Fatty McFattypants!". Even searching the threads seems like it's not as good as throwing your situation out there. But let's see - I will now selfishly start a thread for my own gain and discover how many attendings come running to my rescue. :cool:



     

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