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    Doing 5th Semester in Dominica

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    Did anyone hear if staying for 5th in Dominica is looked badly upon by residency programs since you aren't in the USA? Or do they not care.

    (hoping to get insight of people that stayed in dominica and entered residency)

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    By next semester, every fibroblast in your body will be telling you to get out.
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    I really don't hate the island, another 4 months wouldnt hurt if anything help. (key to not hating the island for new comers= staying away from negative people= 80% of class lol) Goin' to Miami would be a huge distraction for me with all the clubs, nightlife, fast internet, etc.. I wouldn't be able to put as much time as I would want to for the USMLE. I just want to know if there are any downsides of staying in Dominica besides the fact that you need to stay another 4 months and that the technology here isn't as advance as the US. My decision basically comes down to how it looks to residencies that you did it in a foreign country compared to doing it in the USA, or is it not a factor. If you can think of any other negative aspects on staying, dont be shy.
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    no one will care where you did your 5th semester. residencies are neither going to look down or up at you in either case. rotations in dominica is a different story, but 5th is meaningless, so do whatever is right for you. just make sure you ace the step like I did and everything will fall into place

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    You, sir, are a terrific clown! and a troll!

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    . just make sure you ace the step like I did and everything will fall into place
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    You make some valid points. But there aren't any reasons why you shouldn't do 5th in dominica except if you want to leave the country. There are some members on here who have matched and did rotations such as peds or Ob on the island. You should PM brothaman.

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    i did 5th in miami, i wish i'd done it in dominica.

    1) there are a lot of distractions
    2) housing was more $$
    3) the rotations we did and all the extra things and all the travel time we had to put in was NOT worth it. I didnt get to use any cool new american technology. All we did was normal ICM stuff on a few pts and saw a few things, nothing that you wouldnt see in Dominica. Unless you get a surgery clinic, youre not seeing anythign extra ordinary. Esp b/c you dont get to acutally do any of this, if you do its just to observe. nothing more.

    I say stay in Dominica, get the studying done.
    If you want to do something, then you will find a way.
    If you want to do nothing, then you will find an excuse.

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    thanks for the feedback sarah

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    Mustango, if you really don't mind it here, you will almost be guaranteed to get in to PMH if you want to do your ped and OB rotations here. They are green book and count the same as if you did them in the US. Plus you would get the two hardest cores to schedule out of the way.

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