Timing
by doc2be (Login RZF)

Interviews end around the first week of February but it depends on the programs. Some stop in mid-January, some go until February 8.

It sounds like you'd definitely be rushing things. Will you have all of your rotations done by May? Some programs start in mid-June (orientation and stuff like that) so if you're not done by May then you probably couldn't start anyway.

You could take everything and try to scramble but the scramble sucks, it's stressful and you are choosing from what is left over (which may be a variety of amazing to crappy programs). If you don't have your all of your exam scores by the rank list deadline you are withdrawan from the match (the date that you hvae to turn in your rank list). The rank list deadline is a month before the match (this year it was Feb 21).

Figure out when you'll be done with rotations. If you will be done by May then you could rush it but I'm not a fan of rushing things. Waiting out a year (or taking some time off to study for step 2) or 6 months whatever in the grand scheme of things won't mean much when you are out and practicing, but that's just my opinion. I finished November 2001 and I don't start until June this year so I've been working, traveling and reading and enjoying this time off that will never come back. If I had the cash to tide me over, I'd do some volunteer medical work full-time. The opportunities are endless, but do what works for you. No sense in rushing your exams, you should take whatever time you feel you need to be prepared. Like I said though, it's up to you. I wish I knew what to tell you as far as a decision goes, let me know if I can be of further help. Best of luck!

Posted on Mar 5, 2002, 3:14 PM
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Finish by May
by Anonymous (no login)

I will hopefully finish my clinicals in May. I'm going for the gusto and will try not to waste a year now that I know interviews go until Feb.

It's going to be tight, but I don't think I'd be rushing it unless you consider not taking months off to study for the boards rushing it. Can't you study for the boards during clinicals? I mean what else would we be doing during clinicals but preparing for the boards?

BTW do you think it's really necessary to take months off just to study for the boards? I've heard residency directors don't like it when they see a gap in your transcript just to study for the boards.

Posted on Mar 19, 2002, 10:09 AM
from IP address 212.219.119.98

re: Finish by May
by doc2be (Login RZF)

Residency directors are not looking at that. They don't know how long you took to study for your boards, I don't think they really care. They want to know how many times you took it and what your score is.

No, you certainly don't need to take months off to study for your boards, you have to do what you feel comfortable with. If you are motivated and get a lot of reading done during clinicals then go for it, you will know if you feel ok to take it. I think you should go for it. Just be sure to take the TOEFL asap so that you will be able to take the CSA. You can't take the CSA without a TOEFL score and you have to take the CSA by a certain date in order to be eligible for the match. I know of several people who got screwed and were withdrawn from the match this year because they couldn't take the CSA on time. They are scrambling now and I'm sure they'll get positions but it's added stress you don't need. Best of luck to you!

Posted on Mar 19, 2002, 5:03 PM
from IP address 67.34.48.19