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    How are clinicals rotation sites obtained? (from a prospective student)

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    I'm looking to apply to SGU for the January 2012 term. I'm also planning to apply to Ross. One of the biggest issues I'm having with Ross is that I'm not even sure how clinicals are assigned to them. I talked to an alumni and he wasn't even sure. Someone told me it's based on your step 1 score.

    I know Ross is notorious for being disorganized. How are clinicals assigned in SGU? Step 1 scores? First come first serve basis? Availability at your time of clinicals? Are they assigned to you without your own input or preference? I would really appreciate some feedback as this is crucial for me to apply. Thanks in advance.

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    At SGU, during your last term you fill out this survey online. The survey consists of your top 3 choices. The top 3 choices can only be states. So for example 1. NY, 2. NJ, 3. Florida. There is also a special request box on the form, where you can mention a specific hospital as your preference or a specific friend you would like to be placed with.

    The Fall 2010 term was the 1st time they started doing choices by state. Prior to that the choices were by hospital. So you would actually list hospitals in your preferred order.
    But everyone in the terms before us messed it up for us pretty much. They annoyed the clinical skills dept so much, which kinda screwed us over where we now only get to choose states.

    Anyway, the way it is done is based on when you take your Step 1. The sooner you take your Step 1, the more chances you have of being placed in one of your choices, more likely your number 1 choice. If you take your Step 1 a bit later after everyone is placed, then most likely you will be placed on space availability. But they do work with you if you have special requests etc. I'd say majority of my friends have gotten their number 1 choice in the past, and most of them have gotten one of their 3 choices. There have been the very few who have not gotten one of their 3 choices.

    Hope this helps.
    SGU Students.

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    Interesting. Yeah I'm from NJ and I was looking to do most of my clinicals in the NYC or NJ area to save some cost of living during clinical years. Definitely appreciate it for giving me clarity. I think I'll definitely have more confidence in applying. Thanks again!

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    Thanks again to replying to my previous question. I've wondered about a few things since then and I hope you can help with these questions as well.

    There are 5 terms for clinical years as I understand. How is that exactly organized during your clinical years? As I understand Medicine and Surgery take a longer time to finish than your elective rotatioms. Are you in clinicals year round after taking your core classes? Also if you get your clinical sites based on your Step 1 score, are your clinicals for your electives, Medicine, and Surgery all planned out already or are they scheduled as you finish each? Apologies if I am bombarding you with questions. I would really appreciate any feedback. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotcod1021 View Post
    I'm looking to apply to SGU for the January 2012 term. I'm also planning to apply to Ross. One of the biggest issues I'm having with Ross is that I'm not even sure how clinicals are assigned to them. I talked to an alumni and he wasn't even sure. Someone told me it's based on your step 1 score.

    I know Ross is notorious for being disorganized. How are clinicals assigned in SGU? Step 1 scores? First come first serve basis? Availability at your time of clinicals? Are they assigned to you without your own input or preference? I would really appreciate some feedback as this is crucial for me to apply. Thanks in advance.
    You will also want to make sure that your rotations are green book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotcod1021 View Post
    Thanks again to replying to my previous question. I've wondered about a few things since then and I hope you can help with these questions as well.

    There are 5 terms for clinical years as I understand. How is that exactly organized during your clinical years? As I understand Medicine and Surgery take a longer time to finish than your elective rotatioms. Are you in clinicals year round after taking your core classes? Also if you get your clinical sites based on your Step 1 score, are your clinicals for your electives, Medicine, and Surgery all planned out already or are they scheduled as you finish each? Apologies if I am bombarding you with questions. I would really appreciate any feedback. Thanks again!
    The terms are just numbered as such for financial aid reasons. For practical purposes, just know that you have two years (or 80 weeks) of clinicals. I don't even know what 'term' I am in currently. All I know is I'm in 3rd year.

    The 3rd year is the cores: Medicine, Surgery, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, and Psych (in any order). The school schedules those for you, mostly at the beginning of 3rd year. The 4th year is all electives, which you schedule.

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