How much driving do you have to do in med school?

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Besides going to school in a car?

Frankly I'm starting to get bummed out by all the driving I have to do as a pre-med...
 
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I'm really not too sure what you mean by this.. all my driving is too school then home but I'm also doing EMT courses so I drive to clinicals.
 
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Go to school in the city and use a bike? Is that possible
**** that depending on where it's at winter time that would be brutal. Some schools have apartments like 5 mins away or even dorms. Classes I don't see them having you drive random places if they do car pool.
 
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First two years: little to none
Last two, it's gonna vary a lot school to school. Some you will spend virtually all your time at the main hospital and others will roatate you through many different sites that could be all over town or states. Then there are 4th year rotations you may want to do at other schools.
 
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Probably depends on the school? You get a good idea of their clinical sites during interviews. Most have a main hospital next door.

I do feel you. I took post-bacc classes at night 45 minutes away from home while working. It was not fun.
 

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None at all. I haven't had a car for a few years and I walk to school everyday, take public transportation for everything else.
 
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My school says they require a car 3rd and 4th year because your rotations can be all over the place.
 
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My car has been collecting dust in the parking garage at my apartment. I only use it on the weekends to go get groceries, run errands, etc. Other then that I walk to school or take a shuttle to school. Planning on an investing a bike, don't have to worry about snow where I'm at.
 
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How much driving do you have to do in med school?
Besides going to school in a car?

Frankly I'm starting to get bummed out by all the driving I have to do as a pre-med...
Some schools start early clinical exposure the first year and you are required to travel to a preceptor's office (assigned by lottery). This might be within reach of public transportation, but I've heard of drives 20 minutes to 1.5 hours away, required weekly to monthly.
 
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As much or as little as I want. This will probably change in third year.


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This is a good question to ask students at the schools you eventually interview at. My school is pretty good about the first two years. Third year rotations have some specific sites my compadres go to that are a little bit of a ways away, requiring car or carpooling. Fourth year is going to be up to you somewhat.
 

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First two year are usually pretty good/easy to do without a car. Just find a friend with a car or navigate the train/bus system and you'll be fine. Once you start rotations, you'll probably need a car since many schools have sites that you rotate at other than the main hospital that are farther away.
 
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