I'm in the enviable position of being able to apply most anywhere so I'm having a difficult time figuring out what my criteria are. Currently i have PICU experience ( 10 yrs.) so that limits me unless I get adult experience. Any particular schools that take just PICU? I'll get the adult if I need it but would rather not wait. Other than that, how did you start narrowing down your options?
1. You need schools that will take PICU experience, if your PICU works with teenagers I would definitively point that out on your application.
2. To me the most important thing is a school that would teach me to work anywhere (independent or ACT practice).
3. Does the school offer peripheral nerve block/PNB rotations with ultrasound and peripheral stimulation? Will you get at least 50 PNBs and equal amounts of epidurals and spinals? You should get at least 15-20+ central venous lines also.
4. What is the pass rate of the students the first time around on boards?
5. What is the attrition rate?
6. What is average number of clinical cases for recent graduates? It should be around 1000+.
7. What is the average number of speciality cases will you get i.e. hearts, cranis etc.? You should for at least 20 in each of those areas.
8. The total cost of the school not just the tuition. How far will you have to travel? What are the miscellaneous costs etc.?
9. If you are married is where you are going to live during school going to be suitable for your spouse and children while you are going to school? Is there decent public schools? Is there reasonable employment opportunities in the area for your spouse?
Last edit by wtbcrna on Sep 25, '11