Away rotations - 2011

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Away rotations - 2011

I'm looking to schedule an away rotation or two for this upcoming year.  As I'm pretty flexible, I was wondering if anyone had a particularly good (or bad) experience at a program as a visiting student.

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:50 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
Anonymous (not verified)
gun shy

i'd hesitate to talk about this sort of thing on a public forum given uro is such as small community and programs typically know where their new interns did sub-Is and went to med school.  however, I think you could get lots of helpful info going through 2nd and 3rd degree connections from residents at your home program, friends of friends who matched or trying to email people directly off the match list.  I don't want to speak for everyone though.

Anonymous (not verified)
if i could do it over again,

if i could do it over again, i would stay away from the big name programs like Vandy, UTSW, Columbia, UCSF etc unless i had phenomal stats. i dont want to point fingers and i apologize in advance if i'm wrong about the programs i listed above that i didn't rotate at. those are just some of the programs i heard about on the trail. they jam pack students...my program had 8 students rotating on the service over 1 month. one of the residents mentioned to me that it was hard for him to keep track of all the students because they had 8 students the month before and were expecting 5 students the next month. it sucks rotating with so many students, all nervous and trying to impress. even if everyone was supercool, it just creates a high stess/anxiety environment and it's not something i would want to do over again. it also sucked to see some of the students i rotated with on the trail and finding out that they didnt get even get an interview at these programs and they didnt know why

Anonymous (not verified)
tons of students

Anonymous User wrote:
if i could do it over again, i would stay away from the big name programs like Vandy, UTSW, Columbia, UCSF etc unless i had phenomal stats. i dont want to point fingers and i apologize in advance if i'm wrong about the programs i listed above that i didn't rotate at. those are just some of the programs i heard about on the trail. they jam pack students...my program had 8 students rotating on the service over 1 month. one of the residents mentioned to me that it was hard for him to keep track of all the students because they had 8 students the month before and were expecting 5 students the next month. it sucks rotating with so many students, all nervous and trying to impress. even if everyone was supercool, it just creates a high stess/anxiety environment and it's not something i would want to do over again. it also sucked to see some of the students i rotated with on the trail and finding out that they didnt get even get an interview at these programs and they didnt know why
I second this.  Mt. Sinai is also notorious for taking all comers, usually 6+ rotators per month.  This sucks because you are robbed of a chance to make a good impression, and even if you do make a good impression 20 other students did too, so you really won't get much advantage on their rank list.  I went to places that limited to 2-3 students per month, and it was a lot better.

Anonymous (not verified)
early sub-I

I rotated June 16-July 20 and was the first student to rotate at my away.  At the end of my rotation 5 students came on service.  If you have completed surgery, medicine and maybe a month of ICU you're ready...jump in early and beat the crowds.  Also, around March if you talk with the admin who schedules the visit students at potential programs you will be able to get a sense of when the program is most packed.