Aways for applicants with strong numbers

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Futuro
Aways for applicants with strong numbers

Hey everyone,I'm trying to figure out what to do about scheduling away sub-I's for the summer/fall.I'm a pretty good applicant on paper :Good: 250+ step 1, mostly honors on clerkships (inc. medicine and surgery), top 20 med schoolBad: No pubs (hopefully 1 by app time. 1 presentation), not AOAI've anticdotally heard from a few friends who have previously applied, and may have read in previous posts, that doing aways at top programs if you're already a good applicant can't really help and can only hurt, unless you're basically the second-coming.  I generally do well on rotations, and it seems like all else being equal, a top program will always take the candidate who they know rather than the one they talk to for one day.I'm just trying to figure out this tricky topic. I know that I'm in a good position to get interviews, but it seems like avoiding a program that I'd really like to go to doesn't make much sense.Thanks and good luck to everyone in the process!

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:50 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
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Wow

Haha. I'm sorry, but this is hilarious. You can't be serious, can you? "Futuro"? Can't make this stuff up!

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aways w good #s

If you're interested in the program, at the end of the day they know you well where you do your away.  It really does help.  If you're a decent person who works hard, puts the team first, doesn't annoy people by being overly fawning or shoving papers down peoples throats, are able to admit it when you don't know, show up early and leave late and have a good attitude about it and can make small talk with residents and attendings and have a level-appropriate understanding of urology then the away will help.  If you're socially awkward, standoffish, have a hard time staying motivated to know the patients on your service and read about the cases you're involved in personally, then I would think twice about doing an away.  I think most places with (for example) 3 spots take a "gamble" on 1 person they don't "know" (ie only met in interviews) but usually fill up a spot with their own med student and a spot with a sub-I.  The ways things shake out in the end is kind of a mystery, but I think the top of lists are stacked with "known entities" and rounded out with applicants who have good numbers along speaking for them.