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    Clinical ?s from a prospective student.

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    Hi,
    I am in the process of applying to MD at Ross. However, I have so many questions, and perhaps you'd be willing to give me your input:

    So, with regards to clinical rotations:
    -What is a day in clinical rotations like?
    -Are rotations consecutive/back to back?
    -How are the rotations scheduled (i.e. one by one; all at once; and how long in advance etc)
    -Does Ross take care of scheduling the rotations, or is it up to the student to schedule them?
    -On average, how long does it take students to complete their 90 week rotations? (more than 2 yrs etc)
    --How has your experience been in 3rd and 4th year; is the student guaranteed a spot in clinical rotations (i.e. enough spots for everyone). Are all the clinical rotations completed in one place/state, or is there a lot of traveling needed?

    Thanks in advance,

    Anna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospective_Ross View Post
    Hi,
    I am in the process of applying to MD at Ross. However, I have so many questions, and perhaps you'd be willing to give me your input:

    So, with regards to clinical rotations:
    -What is a day in clinical rotations like?
    -Are rotations consecutive/back to back?
    -How are the rotations scheduled (i.e. one by one; all at once; and how long in advance etc)
    -Does Ross take care of scheduling the rotations, or is it up to the student to schedule them?
    -On average, how long does it take students to complete their 90 week rotations? (more than 2 yrs etc)
    --How has your experience been in 3rd and 4th year; is the student guaranteed a spot in clinical rotations (i.e. enough spots for everyone). Are all the clinical rotations completed in one place/state, or is there a lot of traveling needed?

    Thanks in advance,

    Anna
    So many questions I will try to go one by one. I will say though don't worry so much about rotations until you actually pass Step 1 which is after basic sciences.

    1) rotations vary GREATLY depending on rotation, location, and attending/resident. Some surgery rotations have you in at 5am out at 6pm M-F and every 4 days or other weekend is a call day. Others you come in at 6am leave at 4pm every day just about with some calls here and there.
    2) Rotations can be back to back, depends on schedule and if you do a track or not. Tracks are all cores (or all except 1 but that is replaced with a 6 week elective) in one spot back to back. After track you do electives.
    3) If on track you get all cores scheduled when you start the track (48 weeks) then electives are up to you to schedule however Ross does have enough for everyone technically. But you might not get the exact location, rotation, or week you want you have to be flexible. You can do what are called "non-affiliate" rotations with other teaching hospitals but the amount of them who are taking IMG is dwindling.
    4) Average time to complete is totally up to the student. If you don't want any breaks to study for Step 2 CS or CK or shelf exams you can do it all in 90 weeks. If you want breaks it will take longer. If you want a week off before moving from NY to Miami for a rotation that will add a week, if you think you can finish a rotation on Friday, move Sat-Sun and start Mon you don't need to. I finished all medical school in 3yr 7mo.
    5)Mine was great, but I moved a lot. Part was me, part was Ross. I was lucky enough to do 22 weeks of electives at one spot but moved for just about everything else. It can be a pain but I did get to see a lot of great cities (ie Chicago, DC, NYC, Miami). Again if you are more flexible it's easier to schedule.

    Note: Ross has been moving into more tracks with electives at the track site. The days of a random core here or there are quickly fading, as are random electives. Soon each main track center will have an education center built by Ross (St. John's Episcopal already started construction on theirs) and will have enough elective spots for everyone doing a core there.

    Good luck
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    Thanks a lot for the quick response medic300107; it was definitely very helpful!

    Now, how does one get evaluated in the clinical years (besides writing the shelf-exams that is)...i'm guessing students have to perform certain skills specific to the rotation etc

    Anna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospective_Ross View Post
    Thanks a lot for the quick response medic300107; it was definitely very helpful!

    Now, how does one get evaluated in the clinical years (besides writing the shelf-exams that is)...i'm guessing students have to perform certain skills specific to the rotation etc

    Anna
    Completely subjective based on attendings. Well shelf is 25%, Renassaince is 5% and Evaluation is 70%.
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