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need advices on how many aways should I do

Discussion in 'Orthopaedic Surgery' started by dreamflowerst, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. dreamflowerst


    Jan 17, 2007
    Need some advices on how many away rotations would be appropriate or favorable. I am definitely going for 2 aways but some of my previous year students suggest 3 aways. The ortho PD in my school suggests 2 and he said 3 would be crazy. Any one can elaborate pros and cons, much appreciated here.
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  3. sscooterguy

    sscooterguy Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    How much can you handle? How competitive are you as an applicant? Where do you want to go relative to where you are? It comes down to these questions.

    If you are competitive (excellent board scores, multiple honors, excellent letters), you may not need 3 aways. However, ortho is competitive no matter what people tell you, so I personally would do at least 2.

    How much can you/do you want to handle? 2 aways plus your home institution is already 3 months of one subject, and for me it was all back to back-"no sir although I'm post call I'm fine"-"no I'm not hungry, can I stay for another case" work my butt off rotations. As much as I love ortho, after 3 months, I couldn't stand any more anatomy (however, I knew my shiznit by the 3rd month, so I looked pretty smart, at least I think). I have a friend who is trying to go to Cali from the midwest, so he did 3 aways in Cali plus our home institution. He was dead furkin tired by the 3rd one, but he also said he thinks it was worth it. I don't think I could have stomached the 4th month.

    I personally am going to the East coast hopefully from the midwest. I rotated at 2 places in Philly, which has 5 programs. The other programs at which I interviewed in Philly didn't look down on the fact that I didn't rotate at their program, rather they took it as a positive thing that I was committed to going to Philly. It was awkward however when I told places in NY that I rotated at 2 places in Philly, but that's off the topic of how many rotations should you do.

    Try answering these 3 questions first, and hopefully it will give you a better idea of how many aways YOU need to do.
  4. dreamflowerst


    Jan 17, 2007
    Thanks a lot for the advice. I am definitely going to have 3 months of ortho. One home and 2 away. Just cant decide for the 4th one cuz the schedule looks kinda tight. Anyway, really appreciate your help.

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