Selecting 3rd year rotations

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I am sure that this has been brought up one too many times but...
Does anyone have advice or comments about selecting the order of 3rd year rotations (for someone who is pretty clueless about their specialty interest)?
 

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get the hard stuff out of the way first, do not take surgery and ob/gyn back to back - rest is up to you

my sched which I have been very happy with:
peds, ob/gyn, im, surg, geri, rads, psych, family

the surgery shelf is largely im based (at least for DO students) so taking im first was definitely a big help.

I remember a lot of people were really anxious about picking the "right" 3rd year sched, and now that I'm in it, I can see it really doesn't matter.

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almost the same thing here....though I'm starting w/ an easy month to recoup from the boards (radiology) and then hit it hard w/ gen surg>ortho>IM>cardio....then all the easier ones after that... followed by my electives

This way you can be well rested and well-read/prepared for your important electives before the match
 

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almost the same thing here....though I'm starting w/ an easy month to recoup from the boards (radiology) and then hit it hard w/ gen surg>ortho>IM>cardio....then all the easier ones after that... followed by my electives

This way you can be well rested and well-read/prepared for your important electives before the match

surg>anesthes>IM>cardio
 

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I had surg>FP>Psych>Peds>Gen Med>Neurology but we didn't really get much choice.

Originally, I wanted to do IM first so I could perfect my exam technique before the other rotations but it really didn't matter much cause the surgeons couldn't care less and on Peds they taught us their version early on. I still have the core ObGyn month to do though and I am not looking forward to it.
 

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Every year thousands of medical students graduate from medical and some of them didn't have the "perfect" rotation schedule. Ha!

If you have any choice, I suggest trying not to have G-surg or In-pt Internal Med as your last rotation . . . you will have lost a lot of motivation by the end, so if you have a choice . . .
 
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