AWAY rotations: reviews?

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rinones
AWAY rotations: reviews?

Hey all,First of all, congrats to everyone on the match!  I'm an MS3 thinking about potential places to do away rotations.  I've decided to do one at a smaller, less well known program because it's in a geographic location I would like to be, and I would really like the other away to be at a bigger name program.  Any ideas on programs that are strong that won't have 30 people rotating with them?  How would you rate your aways?Thanks!

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:51 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
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UNC

Knowing my wife and I wanted to end up in the Mid-Atlantic to Southest, I applied for aways at about 8 places in that area.  I heard back from UNC very quickly, and frankly didnt hear back at all from most of the others except for a few administrative things. I hadn't singled out UNC any more than others, but am glad I went.  The rotation was great.  They let you know from day one that MS4s, or Acting Interns, do not need to return for interviews.  The rotation itself is busy, as the residents have a lot on their plate, but you learn a lot.  They are extremely advanced robotically and have a training module that allows students to more actively participate in the cases.  The attendings were great with students, most especially Drs. Carson, Wallen, and Nielsen.  You have to do a presentation at the end of the rotation which they take very seriously, but this seems pretty standard.My only grievance is one that you addressed- fullness. The coordinator is so good, the rotations in July-Sept all are full.  4 students, with possibly some MS3s in the mix, makes for a crowd in the workroom. Its not terrible, but you have to be proavtive. Overall, however, I would highly recommend them for an away.  I hope this helps! 

rinones
Thanks so much, this was very

Thanks so much, this was very helpful!

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Depending on where you are

Depending on where you are geographically, I had a good experience when I did an away rotation at USF in Tampa a couple years back (didn't match there, but it was good). They have a very large operative load that keeps everyone busy. Three hospitals (1000 bed main hospital, Moffitt Cancer hospital, and their VA) so even though there were other students we were spread out. They also don't have any required MS3 involvement, so you have a great chance to be the only student. Residents were all great and the faculty were helpful. We also had to do a presentation at the end of this rotation, and the residents were really helpful in finding me a topic that hadn't been discussed much before and editing my drafts. Plus, Tampa is a pretty great city with lots of water/outdoor activities to get into during your free time. Hope this helps!

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Depending on where you are geographically, I had a good experience when I did an away rotation at USF in Tampa a couple years back (didn't match there, but it was good). They have a very large operative load that keeps everyone busy. Three hospitals (1000 bed main hospital, Moffitt Cancer hospital, and their VA) so even though there were other students we were spread out. They also don't have any required MS3 involvement, so you have a great chance to be the only student. Residents were all great and the faculty were helpful. We also had to do a presentation at the end of this rotation, and the residents were really helpful in finding me a topic that hadn't been discussed much before and editing my drafts. Plus, Tampa is a pretty great city with lots of water/outdoor activities to get into during your free time. Hope this helps!
 Great review, thanks!