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M4 scheduling Problem

realruby2000

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    Hey guys,

    I'm kind of in a tough situation here. I attend a school with no EM program. My plan was to do a quick 2 week EM elective at my community hospital to get my feet wet, and then do 2 other away rotations at hospitals with an EM program. I was just recently told by an M4 that this is a big "no no" because this will count as 3 EM rotations which isn't looked highly upon and that PDs would think Im not well rounded etc.

    this sucks because I was looking forward to getting some exposure to EM beforehand so I can impress the folks at my aways and at the same time get a LOR from a doc who happens to be somewhat well known in the city i'm applying to.

    what should I do? is what he's saying true?
    Help!! :confused: :scared:
     

    kungfufishing

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      I dont think that sounds like too many. One to figure out if you like it and then two aways? pretty typical, especially if you have no home EM program.
      Is this M4 nicknamed "Fatty McFattypants"?
       

      realruby2000

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        kungfufishing said:
        I dont think that sounds like too many. One to figure out if you like it and then two aways? pretty typical, especially if you have no home EM program.
        Is this M4 nicknamed "Fatty McFattypants"?

        how many EM months have have other posters on this board done in the past?
         
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          realruby2000 said:
          how many EM months have have other posters on this board done in the past?

          I did 4 EM rotations. One at Maricopa. One at Killer King. One at POH (just to see what a DO EM program was all about). One pedi EM at UC Irvine.

          I still matched high on my list in '98....

          Mark
           

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            I did three+. One as a 3rd year Surgery elective at my home school, and two aways. Even after that I picked up a handful of shifts at the in-town program.
             

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              I was in the same situation of not having a residency program at my home school last year. I did 4 EM rotations (a 2week at home which counted as 1 of 5 controlled "selectives" required at my school, 2 away rotations of 1 month each, and a combined Peds/Peds EM at home which counted as a Peds rotation). No comment was made during interviews about that being too many and it didn't exceed my schools limit of 2 months of a specialty during 4th year.
               
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                i am a student at a school that has it's own residency. i did two rotations. no EM experience before the first rotation. I dont think it's necessary to do that two week mini rotation before hand... just do what everyone on the FAQ tells u.. work hard, be enthusiastic, read on your cases, and you'll do great..
                 
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