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Regional Clerkship vs Rotational Clerkship

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by emlopez2, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. emlopez2

    7+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2007
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    So far I've heard varying opinions about which is better. My school offers us the option of of doing our 3rd year rotations all at 1 hospital or rotatiing at several. Alot of people say the regional option is better because you get to know the hospital staff allowing for a good experience. On the other hand is it better to rotate through several hospitals to get a variable experience? Does anyone know if doing a regional is looked down on when applying to residencies or does it not really matter how many places you've rotated at?
  2. Mayhem

    Mayhem Scut Bear
    5+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2006
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    I don't think it will affect your residency options but someone else might know. Doing some rotations away from your home hospital can be good. At our university hospital things are very rigid and students are basically glorified secretaries. It's all one big rounding-fest. On away rotations I typically got more responsibilities and I got taught how to do things, and not so much theory as at home. Plus on away rotations there's less people. At home I had the 4th years to compete with. Still, both choices have their high points but I think you'd be limiting yourself by not seeing what else is out there.
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