>4th Down

>Well, 4 interviews down that is.

So, I am starting to get the sense, the pretty much all these programs are by and large the same. Sure there are a few minor differences, like months spent in the ICU, whether or not they include a medicine floor month (most don’t thankfully). Everyone seems to have the basic research elements, 5 hours of lecture a week, EMS, administrative and ultrasound electives. What seems most important to evaluate is the “fit” that you will have in a program. Fortunately, I was able to do a month long rotation at two of the four sites I have interviewed at so far so I have a good idea of what that fit would be. But at the other two, I foundd it hard to really get a good sense of that. You get a little taste at the social events that most places tend to hold, but even that is just a glimpse. Its too bad you can’t do a mini rotation at each place you are interested in, at least the top choices you are considering. It might seem worthwhile to spend a month during your last year of med school doing 4 mini week long rotations at sites, somewhat of an extended “second look”. If only that was possible.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on November 21, 2010, in Medical School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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