|Filing in to pick our numbers out of the hat|
You might be wondering, "Why the big fuss over the order of the 6 rotations that everyone has to do, anyway?" Well, there are pros and cons to doing different rotations before or after one another, depending on what is important to you. For example, the benefit to doing things sooner is to get them over-with, or they can help prepare you for subsequent rotations, however, you are more inexperienced early on. The benefit to doing things later, is that you will have more experience under your belt by then, but you run the risk of being burned out by then. The only thing I really cared about is having Surgery some time before OB/Gyn to help prepare me for it. In the end, it doesn't really matter which order you do your 6 clinical rotations in, like I said - pros and cons to everything. But some some control freaks get pretty worked up about having a particular order.
So the way it works, is that we all filed into the lecture hall, picking numbers out of a hat. There were six rounds of picking spots in each rotation, one for each time slot in the school year. To make things fair, each round started on a different random number, so that different people would get chances to have first pick for each round. I didn't think it was going to be very stressful, but it was hard not to feed off the tension in the room. The whole picking process went really fast, and it was pretty nerve-wracking trying to come up with strategies in the moment, as you had to adjust for what other people were picking and filling up.
|Before all the spots filled up|
|All the spots almost full!|
I didn't end up with exactly what I originally wanted, but I'm pretty happy with my final third year schedule:
1 - Psych
2 - Surgery
3 - OB/Gyn
4 - Pediatrics
5 - Family Practice
6 - Internal Medicine
Now that I know exactly when I am going to be doing certain rotations, it makes third year all the more real, and I'm getting really excited to be in the hospital!