Free Electives at other programs

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  1. Hamster

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    I am curious as to how does one apply for/seek out completing free electives at a different program?
    I know (or better yet have heard ;) )it is beneficial to complete these free electives at the hospital you wish to seek a residency at in the future. This seems like a perilous method because what if you get there and decide the only way you return was if they rushed you into the E.R. by force :D Will your second-now-turned-first-choice residency penalize you that much for not doing any rotations there? Oh but I am off the subject now...
    So is there a true application process, or yet another word of mouth type of deal? Ha I bet there is more to it than visiting a website with a credit card on school's registration day ;)
    Apologies for asking so many questions :(
     
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    Most schools have a formal application process for visiting electives.

    If you have some programs in mind, it can be as simple as visiting their web site and looking for information: its usually under Student Affairs, Electives or 4th Year Curriculum. You usually complete a 1 page application (where, when and what), and have your school certify that you are a 4th year student in good standing, that you will/will not be getting credit for the elective, will/will not be paying tuition during the elective period and have/have not personal health and malpractice insurance in effect during the elective.

    If you have more than 4 weeks of electives, it would behoove you to do them at a couple of programs you are interested in (if only to give you a broader view of what's out there and less time to screw up at 1 or the other! ;) ).

    While some electives can be set up within departments, via connections etc. the majority simply follow an application period. If you want to do a visiting elective during prime time (ie, late summer/early fall), make sure you get the paperwork in and done early, it may be "first come first serve" for the elective.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. kris

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    Just FYI, at some websites I found the apps and requirements under things like "visiting students."
     
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