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Question Subinternship vs Preceptorship?

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I am an Irish medical student, and I am currently in the process of choosing a summer elective in a US hospital, preferably on the East Coast. I was wondering what people think is a better elective choice between a SubI or a preceptorship if I want to obtain a residency in the same hospital? Or does it even make a difference which you choose?

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Cmon guys, someone must have SOME insight into this? Have others not had a similar problem before?
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sorry, I have never heard the term preceptorship before... what is it?
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Hi Val,

I had never heard of the term until recently either. I was going through the elective catalogues for columbia university, and some of the electives were termed Subinternships, which I understood, and some were termed Preceptorship, which i didn't.

So I looked it up, and it is essentially a rotation where you follow an attending around (attending = preceptor) for the 4 weeks. So it's more laid back than a Sub-I. From the sounds of it, I'd say it affords you time to get friendly with the attending and express your interests in their field. Whereas in a Sub-I, you're very busy with patients, so it's better in terms of patient exposure, but probably less interactive with senior doctors.

That's my 2 cents anyway
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