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Old 03-28-2013
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Listening IMG-which rotation to pick?

Should I go for inpatient exposure in IM in a hospital where there is no residency program in IM (not accredited)
Family Medicine outpatient exposure with a physician who is affiliated with a teaching hospital where there is a residency program for FM....but my exposure may be in a clinic setting with some visits to hospital

I am talking of which will be valued more by PD, and which LOR will be more valued....

I am more inclined towards FM as a speciality but I am interested in hospital setting.....not sure what to do.....

Please advise as to what you think I should go for....Thanks....
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Go for the FM rotation.

My reasoning; connections (networking in a place that has a residency program) is far more important than the actual experience.

Both of the will give you the same LoR strength but the FM rotation will give the added networking value.

In addition, I always tell people to focus on one specialty rather that going all over the place. If you like FM, go for FM and make all your rotations FM, and make your entire CV look FM.

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We recommend a well balanced amount of Inpatient and Outpatient hands-on experience (70% / 30%) specially for IM and FM residency applicants.

Take into consideration the type of rotations that PGY1 IM and FM residents must complete. Not only does their first year consist of rotations in different specialties but also take place at inpatient and outpatient facilities.

It is also popular among residency applicants to prepare and meet the requirements for two different specialties to help increase their chances of securing residency. But only if you apply to both specialties equally.

For example, completing 2 IM, 2 FM and 1 Cardiology rotations and using a combination of LORs and Clinical Evaluations to apply to 100-150 IM and FM residency programs (200-300 total) . On average the same amount of IVs are secured per specialty.

What do you think of this approach?

Best - Victor
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