Monday, March 26, 2012

An Away Rotation

Mav just got his fourth year schedule.  We're pretty excited.  We know exactly what he's going to be doing until the day he officially becomes Maverick, MD.  Happy day!

We have a question for y'all though.  What is your opinion on away rotations?  Does it help in pleading your case for a residency position?  Is it a waste of time?  We've heard a couple different things like it is really good to go because you're not another face in the crowd of residency applicants but then again, all you can do is screw up on your away rotation. 

What do you think?  What do your significant others think?  We'd love the input. 


  1. If you're applying for residency there, it's a good thing. It's an audition. Although pre-matches only applied to FMGs and they won't exist next year, a lot of places only pre-matched candidates who did an audition rotation there. Even though that won't be the case anymore, it will definitely help. That is, if you're reasonably intelligent, seem interested, and not terribly socially awkward.

  2. We're been pondering the same thing (we have quite a bit of time, he's taking Step 1 in early June) and we have also heard both things, but people offering advice tend to lean towards Marisa's long as you're not terribly awkward and you're somewhat smart, it's probably a good idea. My hub is planning on doing multiple aways. I'm jealous of the SOs that get to go with...I'll be stuck here working.

  3. From what I understand, it seems like it would be helpful a) if it's the norm for the specialty - apparently for EM it's just what you do, not sure about some of the other specialties & b) if you have your heart set on a specific program, it seems like it wouldn't hurt to get in some face time, especially if it's competitive and things like Step scores aren't quite as high as they could be.