Externship - vacation month


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Apr 8, 2018
  1. Podiatry Student
Hi everyone! I'm a 3rd year and as we're filling out clerkship app right now, I have a question. Did you take a vacation month as a real vacation? Or did clerkship that month too? Or prepared for boards? I'm still deciding on what to do. Would really appreciate to know what you guys did. tia!


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Aug 27, 2016
  1. Podiatry Student
Well, it really depends on what month are you assigning your vacation month.

If you're planning to put your vacation month near Part 2 (December, November), then I advise you to take some time to study. However, if you were planning to take a vacation month anytime after January, then do whatever you want with your free month.

After interviews and part 2 (if you passed), there are not that many things to do, in terms of getting a residency. Again, every podiatry school works differently when scheduling their fourth year but ultimately, you should be fine.
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Mar 2, 2016
  1. Resident [Any Field]
What pod ranger said.

If in December- clerkship or boards study if you know you are a weak standardized test taker.
If before December- clerkship at a place you are interested in
If after January- take an actual vacation.

If its after interviews- go travel or just spend that month doing video games + Netflix + boxing class or something aggressive to get your body in shape.

It only gets harder after you graduate.
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