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Increasing the odds of getting into the specialty of your choice

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by kundun, Jun 15, 2000.

  1. kundun

    kundun Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 1999
    anyone have any intelligent input?
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  3. Future DOc

    Future DOc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 1999
    Very high grades, excellent board scores, great connections, & willing to go anywhere!!! I think that covers the major points... [​IMG]

    WesternU/COMP MS III
  4. spunkydoc

    spunkydoc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 2, 1999
    chicago, IL usa
    networking--it is all about networking..get on the road, visit the programs you want to get into, show them your stuff, let them into your world, sucess will be yours and you may even learn a thing or two.

    good luck
  5. zilberman

    zilberman Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2000
    fair lawn, nj, usa
    what do u mean by show your stuff?
  6. spunkydoc

    spunkydoc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 2, 1999
    chicago, IL usa
    acutally work someplace you want to go..

    i.e. if i want to go to an emed program in oh, i am going to take myself to oh and go work in the ED at that program for a rotation
  7. RBorhani

    RBorhani Emergency Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 1999
    Oakland, CA
    One thing you should be aware of, though, is that doing a rotation in the same discipline over and over again does not look good on your application and it is a waste of your education. (i.e. do not do more than 2-3 rotations in emergency medicine if EM is what you want).

    I matched into an EM program (Univ of IL) and I had not done any rotations in IL.

    Do research if you can and get good letters of recs. Make sure your Deans letter has comments from your clinical preceptors.

    We will be putting some of this info on our web site

    good luck
  8. spunkydoc

    spunkydoc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 2, 1999
    chicago, IL usa
    RB is right--to an extent i think..

    You do not necessarily need to do a month of EM at a place in order to turn heads.. For example, I finished this month's rotation a week ahead of time and so am roadtripping to the next program in which i am interested in just to check them out shake hands, and see what is up there..

    sometimes it only takes a few days to assess each other..if you don't click, it ain't a match anyway.

    the benefit of visiting program is 2 fold--
    they get to see you, you get so see them, the town/city, the interactions of residents and interns with faculty.

    the interview day can be sterile-everybody is always helpful to see the real deal and make an informed decision..

    just my 2 cents.

    as for doing the same rotation over and over--not a good well do radiology--equally important for ER , and visit the ED a few times to meet the program directors..simple as that.

    good luck

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