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  1. Gator98MD's Avatar

    Gator98MD said:

    Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA

    I thought I would post on my experience doing electives at Kern Medical Center:

    ER: I worked during december, so I did 14- 12 hours shifts (all other months you do 8 hour shifts). Excellent rotation. Residents are extremely cool and helpful, willing to teach. Basically you pick up patients like the residents do. You see the patient, do the H&P, and then present to the resident or attending. When traumas come in you can help, although this is mostly the realm of the trauma team. All the psychiatric nutjobs come in to Kern also, so you will get to practice doing histories on people that are floridly psychotic. Fun stuff!! One caveat, I would say that 50% of the patients were spanish speaking only. So you will be practicing your spanglish frequently.

    Hem/Onc: This rotation was one of the bigger disappointents. You alternate between doing consults and clinic (one day a week and damn busy). Here is the rub: there isnt really an attending there everyday. He only comes in to the hospital one day a week and that is wednesday's. So when you do your consults, you never really get an opportunity to discuss them with a hem/onc doctor. Actually, once you have seen the patient your supposed to contact the resident who called in the consult and tell them to call the Hem/onc doctor directly, affectively bypassing you. So, really there is no purpose to even doing the consult in the first place, except for your own edification. You are paged by the medicine office when there is a new consult. Most of your upper level interaction is with the Pharm D. who runs the chemo area, but he is busy and not really that interested in you. Unless it has changed I would not recommend it.

    Urology: Biggest surprise!! This rotation was amazing!! The attending was phenomenal. He is totally old school. He teaches like its his job!! Get it. Basically you alternate between the OR and clinic. The OR days are fun because he lets you scrub-in and really get your hands dirty. There is also a PA whom you work with who is very cool too. There is an oral presentation (powerpoint) required that you present in front of the gen surg students as well as any other uro students rotating. No big deal. Overall, this was one my most favorite medical school rotations and it also happened to be my last. What away to go out! I highly recommend it as a great way to get your surgical elective requirements satified.
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  2. Dru said:

    Kern Medical Center, CA

    Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA
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  4. MedChe's Avatar

    MedChe said:

    Thumbs up electives

    anyone know how hard and the max. amount of electives one can get here?
     
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    MedChe said:

    anyone?

    anyone know about electives at kern? i just asked ..but yeah. hopefully someone notices. also, has anyone tried to do at least on core rotation here? or do you have to be signed up for all of them? of course, iam missing peds.
     
  6. newB said:

    Kern elective req

    Hey, not interested in cores.... Electives, does anyone know if there is a min step score req and min gpa for doing electives at Kern? I heard 210 was the min, but is that only for cores or is that for everything, and how firm is that number? Any input would be great....
     
  7. Shah_Patel_PT's Avatar

    Shah_Patel_PT said:
    Quote Originally Posted by newB
    Hey, not interested in cores.... Electives, does anyone know if there is a min step score req and min gpa for doing electives at Kern? I heard 210 was the min, but is that only for cores or is that for everything, and how firm is that number? Any input would be great....
    1 year ago it was highly comepetitive.....multiple students I knew had 240+ Step 1 and GPA of 4.0

    But at the same time...I also hear that if you know the coordinator/secretaty at Kern....its easy to get in...

    and of course...if you are a CA resident and know how to speak spanish....that will help as well!
     
  8. badnewsbearer said:
    New B....210 must be for electives, strictly. I wrote a fairly comprehensive review of Kerns core + elective program if you search under my username where you will learn that speaking spanish and being from CA doesnt matter for nuts. Step score is qualifier there.
    Getting back to the electives, a friend did an elective there trying to get in through the backdoor for the rest of the cores. This person is back in NY now, and had a score of 230. Tough program to get into, anyway you try for Rossies.
     
  9. Hypnotiq1121 said:
    I'm a little confused about this peds situation at kern. I understand that all of the other core rotations at Kern are ACGME approved and also that kern is under the FM "umbrella". Will states like PA or Tx give me a problem if i do all my rotations at kern (including peds)? Also, i've heard that kern makes you do ALL the core rotations at their hospital Is this true? Is it even an option to do all the other core rotations at kern and then do peds somewhere else? If so..what are the risks/benefits of doing all the rotations at kern? Thanks
     
  10. butters's Avatar

    butters said:
    Quote Originally Posted by badnewsbearer View Post
    New B....210 must be for electives, strictly. I wrote a fairly comprehensive review of Kerns core + elective program if you search under my username where you will learn that speaking spanish and being from CA doesnt matter for nuts. Step score is qualifier there.
    Getting back to the electives, a friend did an elective there trying to get in through the backdoor for the rest of the cores. This person is back in NY now, and had a score of 230. Tough program to get into, anyway you try for Rossies.

    I thought it was 210 for cores and 200 for electives.

    I understand that many hospitals are requiring cutoff board scores...I think Harbor in Maryland requires 80 percentile or something like that, but honestly, Kern seems to be taking things to a different level. Not letting in students with 230's?? That seems a little bit ridiculous! Who are they letting in???
     
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