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    sskoct is offline Newbie 510 points
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    I am a CMU student, getting start the clinical rotation. Basically choose Chicago for core rotation. A little bit nervous. Anyone would kindly share some experience in Chicago?

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    I'm currently doing rotations in Chicago. The rotations are good, the dean of clinical medicine is very good at scheduling your classes, if you can afford to take rotations back to back you could be done on Sunday and start the next on Monday. You just have to let them know what you want to do, they will ask you about the level of difficulty you want on your rotation and they will accommodate you. This is done because students have different things going on, like studying for exams or other personal things so you can choose between rotations that require you to be there 6 days or 3 days out of the week. One thing I would recommend is that you get yourself a car, no matter how ugly it is as long as it runs, so that you can get to and from your rotations without wasting too much time riding the bus (just my opinion).

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    Hey sskoct!

    Congrats on commencing your clinical very soon! So exciting! I am currently a 4th year at CMU, 36 weeks in. I can totally relate to your feeling of nervousness in anticipation of the unknown, but I can PROMISE you by experience, that it will better! I moved to Chicago last summer and it felt overwhelming at first moving to a big city. However, in no time the city and the rotations grew on me. I love the big city life with a small town feel.

    As an MS3 when you reach Chicago, you will attend an orientation that is super helpful. All questions lingering in your head right now will be answered at this session. There are 4th year students available as well to provide the student perspective on things. The first rotation is always the most memorable one because you acclimatize to the hospital/clinic setting. Nobody knows what to do on the first day. However, with time, you will get into the grind of taking H&Ps, performing PEs, and writing up notes in an EMR.

    Rotations are great because you create your clinical schedule according to your liking. On average, student to preceptor ratio is 3:1 (depending on the site) maximizing small group based learning. At the end of your core rotation (except for family med and electives), you have a Shelf exam to keep you current with your step 2 studying. Students also get the opportunity to build their resume by partaking in health fairs & various volunteering opportunities in the Chicago community.

    For now, I think I would focus on apartment hunting. Places book up fast, the school provides suggestion but if you need a realtor agent (free of charge) PM me. As for what rotations to take, join the CMU facebook group and students will be more than happy to answer your queries.

    Hope that helps! Good luck with your move!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadmd4 View Post
    Hey sskoct!

    Congrats on commencing your clinical very soon! So exciting! I am currently a 4th year at CMU, 36 weeks in. I can totally relate to your feeling of nervousness in anticipation of the unknown, but I can PROMISE you by experience, that it will better! I moved to Chicago last summer and it felt overwhelming at first moving to a big city. However, in no time the city and the rotations grew on me. I love the big city life with a small town feel.

    As an MS3 when you reach Chicago, you will attend an orientation that is super helpful. All questions lingering in your head right now will be answered at this session. There are 4th year students available as well to provide the student perspective on things. The first rotation is always the most memorable one because you acclimatize to the hospital/clinic setting. Nobody knows what to do on the first day. However, with time, you will get into the grind of taking H&Ps, performing PEs, and writing up notes in an EMR.

    Rotations are great because you create your clinical schedule according to your liking. On average, student to preceptor ratio is 3:1 (depending on the site) maximizing small group based learning. At the end of your core rotation (except for family med and electives), you have a Shelf exam to keep you current with your step 2 studying. Students also get the opportunity to build their resume by partaking in health fairs & various volunteering opportunities in the Chicago community.

    For now, I think I would focus on apartment hunting. Places book up fast, the school provides suggestion but if you need a realtor agent (free of charge) PM me. As for what rotations to take, join the CMU facebook group and students will be more than happy to answer your queries.

    Hope that helps! Good luck with your move!
    I don't know about the "small town feel" but everything else I agree with. During my orientation upper classmen/women gave me their phone numbers in case I needed advice on which rotations to take. Really nice people!!
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    How many CMU grads in residency?
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    Have you started your rotations yet? Hopefully you are getting the hang of things by now.
    I'm almost done with my rotations and never had any problem with anything. Scheduling was done in timely manner, preceptors were awesome, I learned a lot... just having a great time doing hands on stuff.
    Don't forget to ask lots of questions and take initiatives. You'll take away as much as you try.
    Good luck!

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    I am a Windsor student Just signed up to do Rotations with Gcamp .They gave me a schedule already Hope everything goes good. They have all green book rotation.
    Last edited by sorry6976; 07-21-2014 at 10:21 AM.

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    @sorry6976- That's good, first and second rotations tend to be a bit stressing because not only are you learning how to interview patients but you also have to adapt to what your preceptor likes. But don't worry, thousands of students have done it and so will you. Don't forget to start thinking about requesting letters of recommendation from your preceptors, you'll need at least 4. Take care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavalier View Post
    No CMU grads in US residency in any discipline in the US or licensed and practicing medicine in any state....sadly, another fraud school imo.
    Stop spreading false information please

    Visit Summa Medical Education - Internal Medicine and look for CMU resident.
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