Now that you have picked EM as your area of interest, you need to arrange your year. The first step is your home EM clerkship. Ideally you want to rotate as early as possible. Use this month to hone your skills, be open to feedback, and show how you can learn and grow as a clinician. This spring you need to find your away rotation. Your away is your opportunity to see a new spot, experience a program your interested in, and compare and contrast what is important for your learning.
- Know the programs you are interested in first - you can review their individual applicant requirements. Rotations will have their own block dates, forms, and application timing. You will want to make multiple applications, in order to ensure you have an away rotation. Three to four should be plenty. VSAS has tutorials that will walk you through the process step by step.
- "Patience Daniel son" - the process is slow but this is how to get the rotation you want. Many programs accept applications on a rolling basis and will notify you if you have a slot 6-8 weeks in advance. You can use the tracking option to keep an eye on your application process, and even change your preferences for rotations at an institution.
- Ensure you fill in all the forms - there are a lot of forms but you need to complete them all. Incomplete applications will either fall to the bottom of the stack, or never even reach the clerkship director. If you fail to meet the requirements you will not rotate. The tutorial for forms is the most important to review: complete and upload them properly.