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What is the difference between selective and elective rotations?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by golgotha, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. golgotha

    golgotha New Member
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    Can someone please explain the difference between a selective clerkship and an elective? My understanding is that a selective is chosen for you, and an elective is chosen by you. Thanks.
     
  2. JonnyG

    JonnyG IN the hospitals....
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    it could vary by school at pcom a selective is you choose from a list of fields and do a rotaiton in it like an internal medicine selective is anything in internal med. An elective is whatever you want. Some place may help set it up others wont
     
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    At MSUCOM, an elective can be done at any location you choose while a selective must be done at one of the hospitals in the statewide system.
     
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  4. jonb12997

    jonb12997 I'm a doctor!!
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    at UNECOM as a 4th year we have to do selectives in internal medicine, surgery, OMM, and ER... they can be at whatever hospital you want, and doing whatever you want within reason (ER has to be a full out ER not just peds, but internal medicine i did a peds cards month and that counted, surgery can be ortho, uro, etc.)... an elective is doing whatever you want and whatever hospital you want to...
     
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