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- Mar 12, 2005
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No questions, just comments.
If you complain about a site, you are already at a disadvantage because you have identified that you are not getting a beneficial medical education. If you want to be proficient entering residency, you will spend elective time somewhere learning what you did not learn at that site. There is also a fine line between complaining, and becoming a problem for the school. The school will get rid of a site to the extent that they have another one to send students or the site gets rid of the school first. Otherwise the site stays. Remember, preceptors are not paid. Also sites vary greatly, some of them have diadactics and some don't. You realize the importance of this in residency when you have to present and participate at case conferences, morning report, etc.
As far as what you can and can not do on rotations, solely at the discretion of your preceptor(s) and site(s), regardless of how much initiative you show.
The sites are "hit-and-miss." It's a lot of money to pay for a random chance to be assigned to a "hit" site.
I agree there are some not so great core sites, however there are just as many great core sites imho. If a student spends time researching the different sites, talking to upper classmen (3rd/4th years), and comparing core sites to each other you can usually find the good programs. However some students have to go to a particular area of the country, or just don't spend the time researching the core sites. They see that a program has a neurosurgery residency or a derm residency and put that place down as their #1, when in reality it might not be the best place to go for your clinical rotations. While you might have had a bad experience, I'm not trying to take that away from you because you sound legit, I know many others that have had a wonderful time and learned a lot at their core site. Just remember, not every core site is created equally. Spend the extra time and really research your possibilities. If you aren't limited by geography or family, it makes it that much easier to find a great site.