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MS3 applying FM planning 4th year schedule, elective advice?


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May 11, 2018
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    Trying to sort through an immense array of electives to best prepare me for residency/career. I know this has been asked before but wanted some input that is more current if anyone has opinions! I'm thinking definitely ortho, EM, peds EM (lost peds rotation from corona), radiology. Any others that people would recommend? Thank you!
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  • Sep 18, 2013
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      Definitely do a peds rotation.
      i did random electives. I did GI, rads, two peds sub-i’s (i thought i wanted peds lol). I also did a medicine sub-i as my school requires it. I “did” an EM sub-i online.

      You really can’t go wrong with your schedule. Any FM curriculum basically includes every specialty under the sun.
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        Would you say its important to do the Sub-I prior to when applications go out? I'm a pretty competitive applicant scores-wise
        Nope, you'll be fine, unless you need one to get your FM letter!

        Def agree to get some peds experience. Peds EM sounds good, I would see if you can maybe do a couple weeks in a peds PCP office to see some well child checks...especially if you don't have kids of your own, seeing how pediatricians counsel parents about routine kid stuff can be really helpful (is my baby pooping too much? why is my potty trained kid still wetting the bed? how can I get my toddler to stop being such a picky eater? etc).

        A couple other thoughts on potentially useful rotations-
        - Ortho might be good but particularly if it's more office based vs OR - learn good joint exams, see the stuff that gets referred from a PCP's office, learn some procedures like joint injections, casting, and splinting. Might also see if there's a sports medicine guy/lady around as well which would probably get you more of those things vs an ortho rotation where you're spending lots of time in the OR
        - Palliative care - learning to deliver bad news, discuss goals of care, etc....cannot recommend this enough
        - Derm - figure out what rashes are, learn some procedures, e.g. skin biopsies
        - Office-based gyn (again, procedures - paps, IUDs, nexplanons, colpos...)
        - Point of care ultrasound, if your school has this
        - Any bread and butter area you feel weak in (endocrine, cardio, etc)
        - Developmental peds - recognize what a "normal" kid looks like and when there might be something else going on
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