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No influence on rotation order or take a year off?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by SplenoMegastar, May 12, 2008.

  1. SplenoMegastar

    SplenoMegastar MS4 7+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2008
    I have a situation that gives me two options (gotta skip the details): miss the lottery for 3rd year rotation schedule and be given whatever slots are left in whatever order they can fit me in, or take a year off and enter the following year's lottery. That year off would be spent doing research (but I kinda wanted to do that after 3rd year.) It would be after the deadline to swap with other students. I'm interested in gen surg and ENT. I'm afraid that I won't be as sharp 3rd year if I take a year off, but I'm also afraid of getting my surgery rotation at a time that might really suck. Thanks in advance.
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  3. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    Just take what they give you, it hardly matters if at all.
  4. smq123

    smq123 John William Waterhouse Administrator Physician SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I agree with Jeebus - just go ahead and get third year over with. There are many advantages to having surgery early/middle in the year, but there are even advantages to having surgery late in the year (hard as it is to believe). It doesn't really matter.
  5. roja

    roja 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    NYC--->San Francisco
    i concur. it really doesn't matter. The whole concept is a false sense of control given to try and help medical students think they have some control over part of thier life. (or at least that was how it felt when I was a third year)

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