Hi, I’m new to the site, and new to my decision to pursue neurosurgery. I just decided within the past month or so, and I’m a 3rd year so am now faced with applying for away subIs without much of a framework.
I recently dropped Pediatrics to take Neurosurg at my home institution, seeing as my decision was so new I needed to schedule this ASAP. Unfortunately I am now finding that some programs require Peds before I can do an AI at their program (eg WashU, and Northwestern), but many other programs don’t specifically state that all the core clerkships must be finished prior to doing my AI.
Does anyone know which programs would be OK without Peds as a pre-req?
In addition, I’m now faced with trying to decide when to do Peds. If I do it in July, then the earliest my 1st away could be starting Aug31. Is this crazy?? I feel like that is just too late.. I will be rotating with people who have already had one away experience, and will this just be too late to try and get a letter?? The other alternative is to try and schedule one away in July (and hope I can get where and when I want), and then do Peds and do my 2nd away in Oct or Nov (is Nov way too late?).
Thanks, would love your help!