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    Puerto Rico?

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    So faced with the mounting wait time for green rotations I've been offered rotations in PR. My Spanish is....well pathetic at best. But at this point I would be willing to bone up on my Spanish and live with a English/Spanish dictionary under my pillow if that meant getting my cores completed. I read the previous post on PR but still have a lot of questions.

    I know there are students rotating there presently so I hope they read this. Housing...how much and close to the hospital? One thing I MUST have is internet access, what about that? Will I be able to use my cell phone there? (T-Mobile?) I prefer to live within walking distance to the hospital, is that possible? Are the rotations done back-to-back or are there some times where you can go back home to visit family? If you are not fluent in Spanish will it effect your grade?

    Any more info you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    there is a very wide range what can be considered "pathetic spanish" if you dont consider your spanish to be decent at best.. then it might not be a good idea. because of numerous students in the past that tried to get by with pathetic spanish... the hospital gives you a little phone interview if you are interested in comin down for rotation.. so if you want to know if your spanish is good enough.. then that phone interview will be your first test. housing around the hospital is shady at best.. everyone has a car... traffic is horrible.. housing is cheap but hard to find furnished and short terms.. try living around the university.. and take the metro to the hospital.. very convenient and very cost/time effective. and just remember.. its puerto rico.. not antigua.. they do have rules.. they are strict at times.. its not a vacation.. and u rotate with other Puerto Rican medical students from accredited US schools.. they take shelves and do well on their boards.. so its not a walk in a the park.. or more fittingly.. a walk on the beach
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    Thank you for the information D. My clinical coordinator informed me that translators would be available and that fluency in Spanish was not necessary. Would my inability to be fluent effect my grades? Can you clarify what you mean by "strict?" Does strict mean "Be on time, do your soap notes, study for tests" or does it mean "If you don't speak Spanish fluently you're screwed"?

    Since the tests and such are in English I think I'll be okay, plus I already have my materials for Step 2 that I will be taking with me. (if I go) Basically I have two options right now...wait until late Sept for my next roation...or go to PR immediately and knock my cores out.
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    translators will be available? as in.. they'll follow u around at ur disposal? or do they give u those cool earpieces with the english translator speaking to u from a remote location? fluency in spanish is not necessary? maybe things have changed in the last 5-6 months.. i was there from sep 08 to feb 09 and neither of the 2 things ur coordinator mentioned to u applied to my experience there. call the hospital and verify.. thats my advice.. ask to speak to M. DeJesus sounds to me like ur coordinator is pushing u onto something prematurely.. but what do i know? save urself a quick return ticket and verify for yourself. hate me
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    But at this point I would be willing to bone up on my Spanish and live with a English/Spanish dictionary under my pillow if that meant getting my cores completed.
    It's not that hard to improve your Spanish if you have a little background from high school or wherever. 95% of the patients I saw at Wyckoff's GI service spoke spanish only. That's probably how it will be in PR.

    On most services, you'll be asking the same history questions and receiving the same range of responses. You should probably learn the spanish translations of what brings you in today, how do you feel, etc. Eventually you won't need to carry around a sheet of paper with translations. There will always be nurses and hospital staff who will be around to help with your patients.


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    Thanks Sree, my last rotation was basically a majority Spanish speaking patient load. I would say there were 30% of the patients I could not communicate with but the Attending handled those for histories.

    I spoke with someone today at the school and they are talking about sending me to a different hospital than the other students. It's called San Juan Bautista...she said all cores should be greenbook but I am having trouble looking it up on the ACGME site. Can anyone help me out?
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    hmm there's an lcme-accredited san juan bautista medical school
    i dont think there are acgme-accredited residency programs in the medical center though


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sree Cheruku View Post
    hmm there's an lcme-accredited san juan bautista medical school
    i dont think there are acgme-accredited residency programs in the medical center though
    That was the same thing I was pulling up. I would be seriously ticked if I were sent to PR just to find out it wasn't greenbook. I am supposed to be getting a phone call today concerning this rotation. I don't know why they wouldn't just send me to the main hospital that the other students are rotating at right now.
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