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    Where should I do my rotations if I want to go into surgery?

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    Hey guys,

    Quick question, I will be starting AUC this Jan, and am interested in surgery. What hospital location do you recommend to choose from? I am currently interested in Bakersfield, Ca (Kern Medical Center).

    Any help would be appreciated
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    Consider doing well on your step first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stateofequilibrium View Post
    Consider doing well on your step first.
    and even if you do well, you're not gonna necessarily just get wherever you want to be. Kern is probably the hardest spot to get and you'd likely either not get it or have to wait a while if you did. Hospitals could also change by the time you get to clinicals. You have a while before you have to worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkg07 View Post
    I am currently interested in Bakersfield, Ca (Kern Medical Center).
    Yeah, but the only thing that matters is whether Kern is interested in you. You have a lot of things to do to make this happen, so you really should be worrying about them right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c13 View Post
    Yeah, but the only thing that matters is whether Kern is interested in you. You have a lot of things to do to make this happen, so you really should be worrying about them right now.
    Well, it's really only Ross students that have to "apply" as of right now. AUC students it is first come first serve.
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    sorry to keep asking stupid questions, esp when my concern should be getting through the basic sciences and step 1, but i just wanted to plan ahead.

    From what I was reading on the website, the panel at AUC will interview us for clinicals, and are there any selection factors they use to place students in their respective clinical sites? Or is it on a first come, first serve with certain requirements (GPA, USMLE). Also, what is a good place to do rotations if you are interested in surgery?

    Thank you for all your help
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    Sorry, thought he was talking about getting a residency at Kern.
    Tells you what's on my mind right now....:-)

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    You finish your fifth semester, you go back to the states and you have until the end of the semester there to turn your USMLE grades to the administration. If it is a passing score that you turn in, the clinical spots are assigned based you your order of preference and first come, first served basis. So it basically comes down to how many people are in your class, how fast you get ready for the Step and how good your mailman is. As far as getting a residency in surgery, which is really what you should be wondering about, a lot of people suggest doing your last elective clinical rotation at the place that you're wanting to get in for the residency. That way you're actually remembered and not just some name on a piece of paper. The thing is, while the administration assigns you the core rotation spots and does all the paperwork for you, electives are up to you and you're on your own.

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    We actually no longer get the Step Scores from the mailman. They are sent out every wednesday via email.

    For example, I woke up three Wednesdays after taking the step and went to check my email, where they had a hyperlink to my EFCMG account. I logged into ECFMG and was told I passed the Step 1 (better than any Christmas morning as a kid). I printed that paper and then faxed it to AUC. That afternoon, the clinical people called and asked me where I wanted to go and I decided based on what was available at that given time, where to go. Good luck.
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    Well, how long does it usually take to get the scores? 3 weeks like in your case?

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