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Rotations...Help a brutha out!!!

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by maxhealth, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. maxhealth

    maxhealth Langendorff Land
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    Hey guys, can you give me some pros and cons on local rotations (say at a school like WesternU/COMP) vs. traveling rotations (hmm...say at a school like AZCOM)...

    The advantages to remaining in one local area are obvious, but if anyone, especially MSIII/MSIV's or residents can tell me specifically what made their "local" vs. traveling (or vice versa) experience better, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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    Advantage of travelling is getting experience at different hospitals where you may be applying to residency in the future. Not only does it give you a feel for the place, but more importantly, it gives them a feel for you and gets your foot in the door. Students at schools that only do rotations locally have to wait until 4th year to do audition rotations.
     
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    You often have nowhere to live, and much money is spent on travel and housing.

    This is particularly difficult if you have a family.
     
  5. LovelyRita

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    I pay tuition to KCUMB. My 3rd year rotations were within one city, driving distance to home. I don't know how others who went from place to place each month did it. I have an apartment, etc.

    Our 4th year we schedule how we want. I scheduled away electives in surgery at hospitals I was interested at in different cities. And the rest of my rotations will be back here near my home.

    Going away on electives made me realize how much I love having a nice stable place to stay. :thumbup:
     
  6. maxhealth

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    Thanks, that's pretty much what I thought. How did you find a short term place to stay during your electives?? Did the hospitals offer housing?
     
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    1. 1st elective, hospital student housing. not bad.
    2. 2nd elective, close to home, stayed @ apt. great!
    3. 3rd elective, hospital student housing, really nice! :) --actually the hospital built 2 little bungalows 2 blocks away, one for men one for women right next to each other. Super nice, super convenient, washer, dryer, LR,DR, kitchen.
    4. 4th elective, NO hospital/student housing. The hospital, however, hooked me up with an anesthesia resident who rented his basement to me for $400 for the month.

    And now I'm back home. :love:

    So anyway, it varies.
     

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