As with most schools, we have 6 weeks of general surgery plus two weeks of off-service subspecialty. My subspecialty time is primarily at an off-campus practice, which is fairly close to the university hospital where the rest of my rotation is. I'm now on subspecialty after 4 weeks of gen surg. This means I'll have only two weeks back on service before we wrap up. This creates a problem: I SUCK at presenting, which I was told in no uncertain terms during my mid-rotation evaluation (and frankly, I have to agree.) My attending basically told me that he can see I'm smart, that I'm doing a great job identifying what's going on with my patients and he thinks my work ethic is great, but the way I organize and present information needs serious work. I've really been working on this, but because my attending has been on vacation for two of the weeks I've actually been on general surgery, we've had very little face time- this means I'll have very little time to turn things around and show him that I'm progressing. This is important, because he's one of the muckety-mucks at my school, and I'm very interested in surgery. Since I need more chances to try to impress this attending, and more practice presenting, I am thinking of seeing if I can show up to pre-round and do morning rounds with the general surgery team, and then head to the subspecialty clinic afterward. Luckily, timing and geography allow this- the question is, would it send the right message?