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    Rotations into Semesters

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    Hi!

    I am going to be Med 5 in January and trying to gather as much information as I can about rotations so I can plan accordingly.

    Can anyone currently doing rotations give us some information on how the weeks of rotations are split into semesters?

    As in how many rotations do you do simultaneously in one semester, etc.

    Thank you very much!
    MUA Class of 2010

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    tough

    It's tough to put it into semesters really, but if you really need it in perspective it all depends on which rotation you are doing.

    Surgery and IM are 12 week rotations, so that pretty much equals into a semester

    The rest are all 6 week rotations, inlcuding the electives, so that equals to every two being a semester.

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    break down

    For clinicals there is no real semester system. You will receive a tuition bill on the regular 15 week semester schedule as if you were on the island. You will receive 5 consecutive bills once you start rotatoins regardless of if you take breaks between rotations. Once you have made these 5 payments in additions to the 5 you made on the island MUA/Saba leaves you alone. Now it is on you to finish the rotations accordingly. The core rotations are set up for you by the Gardner office. Surgery - 12 weeks, Internal Medicine - 12 weeks, Ob/Gyn - 6 weeks, Pediatrics - 6 weeks, Psychiatry - 6 weeks and on some occasions Family Medicine - 6 weeks. Essentially the school will set up 42-48 weeks for you. You are responsible for setting up the remainder of your electives to complete your total 72 weeks of clinicals. Now if you are very motivated you can do the whole 72 weeks back to back with minimal breaks in the middle to take Step 2 CS and Step 2 CK or if you would like just drag the whole process out for the maximum allowed time by the school (unsure what that is). Nonetheless, the point is you will get 5 tuition bills 15 weeks apart and it's essentially up to you how fast you want to complete rotations given that the school starts you up ASAP after leaving the island and passing Step 1.

    Not sure if that info helped or confused you further...

    good luck

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    So, it seems like we just get billed according to the regular semesters, but the rotations don't necessarily have to follow it. Cool. Thanks for the input guys. I really appreciate it.
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    Thank you very much!!

    I apprecaite the time you clinical students have taken to post here. There is precious little of this experience and information posted in the last 6-12 months here, so it helps a lot.

    Thanks.

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