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Advice for picking an away 3 years 3 months ago #34061

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This whole process is just a series of hoops to jump through, so get used to it. LORs should be from an orthopod. If you are a MS3, I would recommend sitting down with your department chair now even if you haven't rotated through ortho yet. 1) It is good to let the chair know you are interested in ortho early on so that you are on his radar (you will need a strong letter from him next year) and 2) he can usually provide a stock LOR that is suitable for the purposes of applying to aways...usually. If you are a MS1/MS2, do not think you have to wait until your ortho rotation to find mentors. You will have better LORs if someone has known you for 4 years versus a 4 week rotation.
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Advice for picking an away 3 years 3 months ago #34062

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Are we circus animals to jump through hoops? Lol

If you're not set that one of those programs would be your #1, you can find better programs to rotate at.
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Advice for picking an away 3 years 3 months ago #34063

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Truth, but I don't know what's worse: going through a little extra effort and being 1 of 4 rotators that were actually vetted by the program or not and being 1 of 10+ rotators who weren't.
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Advice for picking an away 3 years 3 months ago #34064

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bonejones wrote:
Grades are almost irrelevant. They never came up at interviews and I doubt it matters unless you were in the running for AOA.

100% Agree. If you low pass surgery it will hurt you, but a high pass probably won't even be noticed. I got honors in every class M3 year and I got exactly zero comments about it on my 14 interviews, and my school even provides grade distributions, so programs could see how very few people honor every rotation. Was it maybe used to grant interviews? Possibly... but you'll never know. M3 grades are most important for getting AOA, which I would argue is hugely important now if you want to step up to the plate at the bigger name programs.

As far as a program that interviews you while you're there vs inviting you back, I go both ways on it. On one hand, it's REALLY nice to not only save the money on the trip back, but it also can possibly open you up to go on another interview. One of my rotations interviewed me while there, and the other didn't. Come January, I had to turn down an interview at a very highly regarded program because their dates directly clashed with my away program's interview -- that was not an easy email to send back to them. On the other hand, if you're interviewed while on the rotation you have no idea if you're really being considered and what the program thought of you -- it was a damn good feeling to get invited back to my one away that is well known for not inviting everyone back.
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Advice for picking an away 3 years 2 months ago #34067

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pens88 wrote:
Truth, but I don't know what's worse: going through a little extra effort and being 1 of 4 rotators that were actually vetted by the program or not and being 1 of 10+ rotators who weren't.

Also very true. I guess there's no winning
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Advice for picking an away 3 years 1 month ago #34181

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Anyone know what the deal is for VSAS and the applications accepted date vs. applications processed date? I've seen U. Colorado saying they will process in order they were received, but I know elsewhere I have seen somewhere that said submitting apps before processing date doesn't gain anyone favor.

Which way do most places handle things?

I guess I didn't heed information to have everything done ASAP to secure an away and I'm waiting on 1 more lab to come in. One of the aways I'm interested in opens this week, but doesn't begin processing until May, so I'm wondering if I'll still have a shot or if I should just go with my backup. Unfortunately their rotation coordinator doesn't pick up the phone or reply to emails.
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