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    need detailed explanation from student about clinical rotations

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    i was wondering if a student who has been through this or is going through this can explain, in the best detail that they can, how the clinical rotations work at AUA... also can you please provide your specific example? what rotations did you get? where? how did you do it? how long did it take for each one? what did you do while you waited? is there anyway to get around this nonsense?

    i was talking to a friend who attends St Matthews University and he was telling me that the core clinical rotations are assigned by the school and they HAVE to do those assigned/given rotations.. he told me that they have the option of picking their top 3 choices from a provided list and then it goes from there....

    how does it work at AUA?

    also, i was wondering if anyone could explain to me how it is going to work out in the future at AUA because i was wondering: if the class sizes are getting larger, then the amount of students that make it to clinical years increases (hopefully) and that means that AUA really has to increase hospital affiliations, etc to accomodate for the change...

    im concerned that although AUA has a new campus and the founder and president is a former president of Ross (indicating that he knows the game fairly well), will AUA remain active for a long time to come? is there any hope in this school? they certainly have their act together as far as image goes, but the real concern is education, and success after that education, and then continuing pride in my alma matter for the rest of my life..

    PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE RESPONDING TO THIS THREAD!!!!!!!!!!

    UHSAMED (or watever your user name is ) please dont flame on this thread its very annoying... that goes for anyone else who is going to attempt to sabotage this thread with factless and unsupported AUA bashing... if you have something negative to say, please go ahead, itll be taken constructivly.. but if all your going to do is provide links to a website made by an angry former student or provide links to videos made by him then dont waste your time or mine.... this is a serious thread and i would prefer only serious answers...


    thank you.
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    it is pretty tough to get rotations because of the low availability of slots... From what we've seen, it takes people anywhere from 4-9 months to get their first rotation. Due to this enormous wait time most students logically don't make any specific request but would rather take anything available. That doesn't mean you can't request specific ones, it would just limit your options which is something you may not want to do when the delay is already so long and you want to finish your schooling on time.

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    I haven't had a day off in 8 months and I'm at work right now
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    Quote Originally Posted by rahulb View Post
    I haven't had a day off in 8 months and I'm at work right now
    hey rahulb, if you dont mind.. can you please elaborate on what you meant (when you get a moment)? im assuming that you are in clinical rotations... and by work you mean you are on call at a hospital?

    thanks.

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    yea I'm on night call for a while so I'll better address your post when I get home in the AM
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    ok so i took step1 last june, got my score in july, and started rotations in august. you send your score/paperwork to your coordinator and they offer you a rotation. i've been in baltimore and new york, but i'm going to atlanta later this summer for a few weeks. you can look at my sig for my rotation progress. i haven't had more than a weekend off since i started, and i've worked most holidays. it's pretty intense but you learn a ton and i can safely say i'm closer to a doctor than a student now. i'm comfortable doing all paperwork, ordering meds, doing bedside procedures (putting in lines, foleys, NGTs, I&Ds), suturing, stapling, amputating, operating, defibrillating etc. i've barely studied for step2 but the rotations alone have already kicked me up to a competitive score. if you aren't a slacker be prepared to work 70-90 hours a week. if you like to slack then your pgy1 year will be interesting to say the least.

    also i can't comment on the future of AUA because i don't work for the school.

    now i could use some sleep so good night
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    I took and passed my Step in Oct '08, didn't get my first assignment for clinicals until the end of March '09. I was willing to go anywhere but the bottleneck was in full effect, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason when it comes to who gets assigned the spots. There were people who took and passed their step after me who were getting assignments before me. <shrug>

    I had to work in retail in the meantime because ya know...I gotta eat. I had filled out my paperwork immediately and had to pay for my bloodtests and such out of pocket because you don't get a loan (or any stipend) in the meantime. I was assigned to Atalanta first and was told I would be there about a year. However the whole Medstars thing happened and that changed everything...so now I am in New York. But I had to pay $1000 for breaking lease in Atlanta because I couldn't stay.

    So far I've had two months of lapse time (no clinical assignments) while completing my cores. But by some miracle it looks like I will be able to make the match deadline this Fall and finally start paying off this humongous debt I've accumulated in med school. I think the school will be just fine since there is no shortage of incoming students and thus funds to ensure it's growth. Plus it looks like Cali approval is in the works which means a LOT more clinical slots should be opening up in the future. For those of us in clinicals right now it means very little and we won't be able to reap the benefits but que sara, sara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSpeaksSoftly View Post
    I took and passed my Step in Oct '08, didn't get my first assignment for clinicals until the end of March '09. I was willing to go anywhere but the bottleneck was in full effect, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason when it comes to who gets assigned the spots. There were people who took and passed their step after me who were getting assignments before me. <shrug>

    I had to work in retail in the meantime because ya know...I gotta eat. I had filled out my paperwork immediately and had to pay for my bloodtests and such out of pocket because you don't get a loan (or any stipend) in the meantime. I was assigned to Atalanta first and was told I would be there about a year. However the whole Medstars thing happened and that changed everything...so now I am in New York. But I had to pay $1000 for breaking lease in Atlanta because I couldn't stay.

    So far I've had two months of lapse time (no clinical assignments) while completing my cores. But by some miracle it looks like I will be able to make the match deadline this Fall and finally start paying off this humongous debt I've accumulated in med school. I think the school will be just fine since there is no shortage of incoming students and thus funds to ensure it's growth. Plus it looks like Cali approval is in the works which means a LOT more clinical slots should be opening up in the future. For those of us in clinicals right now it means very little and we won't be able to reap the benefits but que sara, sara.
    glad to see that it is coming together for you.... i can only hope for the same for myself.
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