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    don1 is offline Moderator 547 points
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    Marks and clinical placements

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    how important are marks for clinical placements? I've heard (from students and staff) that priority is given to those who have higher marks for clinical placements.

    Are certain course more important to do well in compared to others?
    Do first year marks have a significant impact compared to subsequent terms?

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    I heard from A VERY RELIABLE SOURCE that a 77 is as good as an 87 average, if you are a high quality individual.

    AND I'M REALLY WONDERING WHY NOBODY IS RESPONDING TO THIS AND 2 OTHER THREADS ABOUT SCORES AND CLINICALS (other 2 are on the Clinical page for MUA).

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    Bottom line for clinicals is really passing the boards. You might have aced all the classes at MUA and not pass the boards, you wont get any clinical placements. You might have done average in school but did very well on the boards, you will get your clinical rotation.

    Right now, there are a lot of students graduating from basic science and passing the boards and not getting clinical spots mainly because we have limited spots available for clinical rotations. I think it is now hard to get clinical affiliations/spots hence the limited number of seats.

    The way I see it is like this....If you take the boards earlier and pass it earlier...you get placed earlier. If you need more time to review and take it later hence passing it later, you therefore get placed later. If you have a particular clinical spot, you have to wait until the next slot becomes available (which might take some time. remember some rotations take 12 weeks long - IM)

    It sax to wait but given the circumstances do we really have a choice? I know they tried securing some clinical spots, but i think it didnt fall through. I dunno what the circumstances are regarding securing clinical spots. are the hospitals getting more discriminative, is MUA trying hard enough? I dunno, only the school can answer this.

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    Also keep in mind that certain hospitals require students to have a certain Step 1 score (usually >200 or >210) in order to be eligible to rotate there.

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    hyoloran and tanaka, thanks very much

    the knowledge, and ideas are helpful. Thanks for taking the time. Please continue to comment as you can.It is much appreciated by all students here at MUA.

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