How to do well on virtual away rotations

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era of virtual away rotations for fourth year medical students applying this year. Virtual away rotations present a challenge on numerous levels as they have not been universally adapted by residency programs, and some medical schools are not acknowledging virtual away rotations as course credit. Despite theseContinue reading “How to do well on virtual away rotations”

How did you choose the programs you rotated at?

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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I was advised as a student from the southeast who went to medical school in the southeast to carefully consider geography when selecting away rotations. Thus, I chose a program on the East coast and West coast to implicitly signal that I was willing to go anywhere in the country to receive the best surgicalContinue reading “How did you choose the programs you rotated at?”

Why didn’t you do an away rotation here?

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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The timing of this question caught me off guard.  It was the opening question from the chief of the plastic surgery division in a 1 on 1 interview.  For context, I had done an away rotation at a different program in the same city.  I had predicted that this question was likely going to comeContinue reading “Why didn’t you do an away rotation here?”

Special: Away Rotations for 2020

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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Away rotations were a very important part of my fourth year of medical school as they are for many medical students applying to a wide range of specialties.  Audition rotations or sub-internships give students a unique opportunity to work directly with programs, meet new faculty and residents, garner letters of recommendation, and learn a tremendousContinue reading “Special: Away Rotations for 2020”