Away rotations

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peedragon
Baylor

Any experiences at Baylor?

Anonymous (not verified)
Away rotation at Brown, Tufts, or Dartmouth

Anyone have any experience at Brown, Dartmouth, or Tufts?Thanks!!

Anonymous (not verified)
Interested in Baylor as well

Thank you!

urohopeful2015
advice

I'm in a frustrating situation: I applied for visiting electives on VSAS within the first few weeks these schools began accepting applications, but have not yet been granted an away.  I know it is now obviously too late for a July elective, but does anyone have any recourse for August or September?  I've used most of my VSAS tokens already. 

Warped Apostle03
vsas

urohopeful2015 wrote:
I'm in a frustrating situation: I applied for visiting electives on VSAS within the first few weeks these schools began accepting applications, but have not yet been granted an away.  I know it is now obviously too late for a July elective, but does anyone have any recourse for August or September?  I've used most of my VSAS tokens already. 
   I feel your pain with the whole VSAS process. It's nice that there is one central entity to apply for away rotations but there is a considerable amount of variation between each school in how they process the application for an away. Some schools look at their application on a first come first serve basis, some wait 2 months before reviewing applications, other programs only 6-8 wks before you get invited. I like yourself applied when the applications opened up and have heard back from some programs while others are still "pending host institution". I think if you call some of the programs you could probably get more of a straight forward answer of the timeline in which they look. 

westuro
UTSW: as mentioned above, you

UTSW: as mentioned above, you can easily waste a month at this place. There were 7 other SubIs the month I was there, i.e they probably have 15-20 people rotating through over the course of the summer. Other programs might have 2 or 3... OHSU: Didn't rotate here, but interviewed here. OHSU has a really strong program. I have several friends who rotated there and had a great time.  Utah: Another awesome program and very comparible to OSHU. OHSU has become pretty popular recently, but Utah seems to be still flying under the radar. Again, I dind't rotate there but interviewed and loved it. They don't have many subIs either.  

Anonymous (not verified)
OHSU

I rotated at OHSU and it was absolutely amazing and it was definitely worth my time and money. You will not regret an away rotation there. They clearly value the away rotation in deciding who to interview/rank and especially if you are not from the west coast I would recommend it as it is difficult to get an interview there. They do not interview very many people for their spots and it is becoming increasingly popular. There are stellar applicants who ranked OHSU highly and matched further down the list (at top tier institutions) - the away rotators have a huge leg up on the substantial competition.The hours are not brutal and you are treated very well. The residents and faculty are among the most approachable and capable I have come across. Dr. Amling is incredibly nice and a fantastic surgeon and he will write you a great letter. You'll get lots of contact with both the chair and the PD who is also very approachable and a great surgeon to work with. They scheduled little education sessions for us away students with some of the faculty and I thought that was great that they put in the time to meet us and teach us as it is very hard at some institutions to get to know the faculty on an away rotation. They have journal club at an informal location and if you tag along you'll see what a collegial atmosphere they have there. There were 3 other rotators there when I was there and they split us up 2 and 2. We were never on each others toes and it worked out great. Also, Portland is a fantastic city and you'll be sad to leave when your four weeks is done! OHSU has the most beautiful hospital campus I've seen. I cancelled interviews at Penn, Pitt, and MGH that conflicted with OHSU so I could fly back across the country and interview. I really can't recommend the program enough from what I saw. I wound up ranking them #2 solely as a concession to family pressure/guilt to stay closer to home. 

Anonymous (not verified)
UIC

Any thoughts from interviews or rotators on U Illinois Chicago. Obviously not the best in Chicago, but any thoughts on the strengths/weaknesses of this program would be appreciated.