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How are programs talking about handling match?

Chibucks15

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Hey everybody sorry to keep posting worries but I was wondering if there has been any chatter through programs, etc about how match will affect neuro? I was gearing up for a few auditions to improve my shot at a couple specific places but both have come out and said they aren't taking students this year. I'm still waiting on my neuro rotation to even get approved because the hospital I got the okay to do it at furloughed their med ed department until June 1. I tried to take it on myself to reach out and got the approval to join in on a couple neuro projects, but the PI (and attending who I will likely need a letter from), is being real slow getting me the database. I only have one letter in ERAS, one writer is AWOL (both non-neuro)

As of right now I'm a DO in upper midwest with right about average class rank. sitting at ~230 Step 1, scheduled for step 2 in a month. My PE got moved back to Jan 23rd so who knows if that'll be in on time. Any other tips on what I should do to try to improve my shot at places like MCW, Rush, UIC, UW-Madison, or Iowa? My school has next to zero neuro presence in terms of advising, and the few students I know who matched are gearing up to start.

I know I'm being neurotic I just feel pretty clueless on what I should/could be doing (besides boards), and am worried I'll end up outside my desired area even though the upper midwest isn't super desirable for many applicants. Any advice/opportunities are appreciated! Thanks you guys have been a huge help to me on here
 
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Did you have any neurology rotation from before? We are in unprecedented time but not having a neurology rotation would be a red flag to program directors, i.e., how do you know you like neurology without actually rotating through it? The other issue is also getting at least 2 neurology LoR. Research is great but you will need a neurologist to comment on your clinical acumen.

You still have some time before ERAS opens. I would reach out to your school administration to see if any neurology rotation can be set up, at any hospital really at this point.
 
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Did you have any neurology rotation from before? We are in unprecedented time but not having a neurology rotation would be a red flag to program directors, i.e., how do you know you like neurology without actually rotating through it? The other issue is also getting at least 2 neurology LoR. Research is great but you will need a neurologist to comment on your clinical acumen.

You still have some time before ERAS opens. I would reach out to your school administration to see if any neurology rotation can be set up, at any hospital really at this point.
My neuro rotation got cancelled, hopefully have one (maybe I can just stay for a couple months) scheduled for July to get my LOR and neuro experience. I've always known it was neuro from my before med school job as a CNA. Do you think programs will be lenient on LOR? Neuro is one of the few to not put a statement out that I've seen...
 
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You'll match dude. Dont sweat it. Really. You may not get into one of the programs you listed, but there are plenty of other good midwest programs you will likely get invites from.
That's just it though haha due to family reasons and things of that nature I'd love to maximize the potential for me to get one of those. But yeah I'm letting my neuroticism get the best of me
 
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That's just it though haha due to family reasons and things of that nature I'd love to maximize the potential for me to get one of those. But yeah I'm letting my neuroticism get the best of me


Am curious, how will you describe your love for neuro in your PS? was it premed exposure? an event that changed your views etc etc?

I felt we needed to have a full neuro cv to show commitment for neuro, but again, we are in unprecedented time so your research might work in your favor, if you are running out of time, just write a review and get your PI to comment and then publish it together.
 
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