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    hockeyfan23 is offline Junior Member 511 points
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    Hi all,

    I am a new member to ValueMD and was also recently accepted to AUC for Sep 2013. I am from the suburbs of Chicago and would like to do most of my clinical rotations in that area. However, I have been getting mixed answers. One of the ladies in the admissions office told me that no core rotations can be done in chicago and a select few electives can be done there. This contrasts with some of the various posts Ive seen on here. Some people say that all of the electives can b done in chicago and some people say all of the electives and some of the core rotations can also be done in Chicago even though the hospitals arent affiliated with AUC. I was just trying to get the facts straight. Thank you all and feel free to message me if you were also accepted to the Sep 2013 class.

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    You can do electives anywhere that will accept you. Cores can ONLY be done at affiliated hospitals.
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    AUCMD is right..you can do electives wherever you can get in.....which is historically a pain in the butt. AUC does still have connections to do fam med and neuro in chicago though. The nearest cores are here in michigan...


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    I second AUCMD and Ubuntu.
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    hockeyfan23 is offline Junior Member 511 points
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    The reason why I was asking is because I came across this post in the AUC forum:


    Hi all,

    I'm a 4th year and have done my core rotations already and had some time and thought i'd put together a few tid bits and resources for anyone who is rotating in Chicago, New York or CT. If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime.

    As far as Mt. Sinai in Chicago goes, it depends on your rotation. Doing almost all of mine there, and many electives, I can tell you from experience that there is ample of opportunity to learn, they work you hard but in the end you learn a lot. Ob/Gyn, Psych, Family are the cores/electives offered there, all good, all a bit of work with down time mixed in. For Family you are either on site or at a clinic, depending on the attending you get.

    For Mt. Vernon, I did my IM there and it was good. The hospital is small, only one building (6-7 floors if i remember) and the residents are good, but very busy. There is a lot of down time, so do bring your books, but at the same time if the student load is down (16-20) you will have your chance of doing venipuncture, ABG's, and lots of other procedures. If you make friends with the surgery students from Guadalajara (5th pathway) then you might be able to get in on a surgery or two. Overall the rotation was 7-4 with lectures, rounds and conferences thrown in here and there. Like I said, a good experience but a lot of down time too.

    For CT you are either at Derby or at St. Vincents, unless new spots are open that i'm not aware of. At derby you are busy all the time doing things on the floor if you do your Sub-I or any IM elective. For surgery at SV you are there all day, just as you would think in a surgery rotation. You can do a lot, but you have to know which attending to talk to and which to just nod and agree with, but that's like many surgeries around. Nothing too particular about SV, other than it's not the best area, the neighbourhood isn't really that safe at night, but if you do find a place near by you will be able to walk, just not later than about 10pm without finding unwanted trouble.

    As far as housing for the places, e-mail me and I can provide specifics. I stayed at a few places that were all within driving distance and in safe areas with parking garages and what not.

    Hope that my 2cents helps...like I said, don't be afraid to email or message me.



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    I thought you could only do two electives at non-AUC affiliated places. Unless they changed this rule...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinkMoto View Post
    I thought you could only do two electives at non-AUC affiliated places. Unless they changed this rule...?
    I never knew AUC had this rule. What I have found is that many of the hospitals have that rule that they will not take visiting students for more than 8 weeks. I think as long as the hospital will take you, it is OK with AUC.
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    so as long as they agree to take you, you can even do the core rotations there?

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    No. Cores must be done at an AUC affiliated Hospital.

    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyfan23 View Post
    so as long as they agree to take you, you can even do the core rotations there?
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    My question then is (as seen in #5 post in red) how was that person 2 years ago able to do cores in chicago?

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