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Away Rotation Applications

I had a question about the application process and timing for away rotation applications. It seems like it varies a lot by school, but no one seems to have a clear answer so I was hoping I could get a little insight from here.


I plan on doing 2 aways (1 July, 1 August) this summer and I was advised to apply to only 2 at a time (one for each block). I'm wondering how long I should give them before applying to a second option.


Question on Aways and Step 2

I have a few questions on Aways and Step 2 and was hoping to get your opinion. I will be applying to Urology this Fall. The way my schedule is set up, I cannot do my first Urology Sub-I until August. I am thinking of doing home Sub-I in August and then aways in September and October. I also have to take Step 2 CK and CS by the end of December (school requirement). I got 250's on Step 1 so I was thinking to take Step 2 late but I am not sure how much study time is needed and if it is possible to take both tests during the interview season.

Away Rotation in October

I am planning my away rotations and I had a question that so far I haven't found any definitive answer to. What is the feasibility of doing an away in October? I've heard mixed things and I am not sure if that would cut into the interview period (e.g., having to leave often to go to interviews and thus looking potentially bad to an away program in October). Or is it possible to schedule interviews mostly in November? I'm not sure if most programs have interview dates in both months or if most programs interview in November and the etiquette around that. Any advice would be helpful.

Step 2 CK vs Summer Research

Hello, I am an MS3 and im trying to decide what would be a better for my application:

1- Urology research with an attending for 6 weeks at a desired institution.  OR

2. Study and hopefully get >250 on step 2 CK.

Step 1: mid 240's, Rank: 1st quartile, non-top 50 med school. 

Clinical grades: HP in medicine, H in surgery.

Research: I have 2 publications, not first author, non-urology. 

No home Uro program. Plan to do aways on August-sept-october. 

Any input is welcomed.

chances MS3 from a state med school

Hey guys, another M3 posting about chances of matching. My stats look something like:

Step 1 - 259

M1 and M2 grades all honors (we have letter grades for everything). M3 year all honors so far. 2 basic science publications (not first author), 2 poster presentations and 1 oral presentation in non-urologic surgical fields, working on 2 other uro papers now, 2 uro case reports. 

Unsure about AOA status until feb

Deciding on Urology in the middle of M3 year...chances, advice?

Hey guys! So I started M3 year being very open about various specialties. However, after a few rotations, I'm starting to seriously consider Urology. I'd like to know my realistic chances, and since I'm relatively late to the game, what I can do to boost my chances.

School: top 20 US medical school
Step 1: 235
Grades: Peds P, OB/GYN P, Psych HP, Neuro HP
Research: MD/PhD - PhD in cellular/molecular biology (no direct relation to Urology)
-6 papers: mix of basic science, reviews
-Plenty of abstracts, poster presentations

Letter of Intent/Interest?

Hey everyone,

How do you feel about sending programs letters telling them where they are on your rank list? I already notified my #1, but I'm considering sending letters to my 2-5 programs as well. My thoughts:

-should I tell them what number they are, or simply state "top three", or "top five"

-should I elaborate on my reasons for doing this?

-should I reiterate why I am a good fit for their program?

-how long should it be (my #1 letter was a full page, but I don't think programs that aren't my #1 should have to read a full page)