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    Clinical Rotations at Home?

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm not a student at SGU yet, but I'm planning on coming there in January of 2011. Although this might be a few years down the road, I was curious about the clinical rotations. I know that the first 2 years are done on the island and that the clinical years are done with U.S.-affiliated hospitals in NY, CA, FL, etc. However, I was wondering if anyone has or if it is possible to do the 80 weeks of clinicals near home which is Arkansas for me? There is one medical school here and I wanted to know if it would be possible to rotate here? Since my family is here, it would be convenient (not to mention less expensive) as opposed to the other States. Thanks for reading this. I appreciate your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studentforalongtime View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm not a student at SGU yet, but I'm planning on coming there in January of 2011. Although this might be a few years down the road, I was curious about the clinical rotations. I know that the first 2 years are done on the island and that the clinical years are done with U.S.-affiliated hospitals in NY, CA, FL, etc. However, I was wondering if anyone has or if it is possible to do the 80 weeks of clinicals near home which is Arkansas for me? There is one medical school here and I wanted to know if it would be possible to rotate here? Since my family is here, it would be convenient (not to mention less expensive) as opposed to the other States. Thanks for reading this. I appreciate your input.
    No. You only get 12 weeks of out of network rotations during your 4th year. You might be able to do the 12 weeks there, but will probably have to jump through a lot of hoops or might be shut down entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studentforalongtime View Post
    . However, I was wondering if anyone has or if it is possible to do the 80 weeks of clinicals near home which is Arkansas for me? There is one medical school here and I wanted to know if it would be possible to rotate here? Since my family is here,
    If your family has connections at this hospital, you may be able to work with SGU to add it to their list of affiliates, allowing you to rotate there for more than the 12 week minimum.

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    think of it this way, even if you attend med school in US where it is out of state from your home state, you would be expected to attend all 4 yrs including clinicals in the medical center that is affiliated with the school. dont let where clinicals will be held be the choice of where to attend school.
    however do look at the success rate of the graduate.
    the light at end of the tunnel is great USMLE scores or even graduating, it is getting a residency!

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    You guys bring up some valid points. It seems less likely to do clinicals by home but that's ok. I guess the only way to find out is to contact both SGU and the hospital here. Even if it doesn't work out, the ultimate goal to get that residency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studentforalongtime View Post
    You guys bring up some valid points. It seems less likely to do clinicals by home but that's ok. I guess the only way to find out is to contact both SGU and the hospital here. Even if it doesn't work out, the ultimate goal to get that residency.
    start working now...if you have connections at the hospital that you can get an affliation agreement set up (and it can't be for just you...at least 4 i think) to do cores and electives there, then you can...but with only one med school in all of arkansas, i gott feeling they really won't have space there.
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    rokshana--that sounds really interesting and something worthwhile for me to consider. Do you know which department and whom I would contact to set up a hospital affiliation agreement? Has this been done before and/or is it common? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by studentforalongtime View Post
    Has this been done before and/or is it common? Thanks.
    There was a thread on valuemd not long ago about a student successfully setting up an affiliate hospital but I think they had connections in the hospital.

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