BigPappaCRNA 3,973 Views
Joined: Jan 13, '13;
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He has to learn to crawl, before he can walk, let alone run. Become the complete and total master of his little corner of the world, and that will give him or her the best footing to begin the next part of the journey. Time spent learning anesthesia and related anesthesia things would not be time well spent, quite yet. Poor return on investment.
Why you gotta hate on someone trying to learn? I think if this person wants to shoot for the stars he got that right. There's schools out there that don't compete with anesthesia residents but do manage to do with bigger cases. It's all about do your due diligence and finding the school that meets your needs. But telling someone not to "learn anesthesia" just plain mean.
Please, please, please don't apply yet. Make your entire package more attractive, and then apply. Everyone can have one hole in their resume, in your case, it is your previous grades. So that means your work experience, both in quantity and quality have to be outstanding. Don't bother applying to any program the second you have minimum, as it just won't work. Get about 4 years of quality experience and you should do fine. Also, take a few graduate level courses while you are working and waiting ( maybe statistics, or physiology, or chemistry) and do well. This will show them you can do the work.
Lung Transplants? Really? How many facilites do you think, in the entire country, do these cases? How many lung tranplants are even done every year, maybe a couple thousand, at most, in the entire country. Please, please, please, do not let that by the litmus test for the program you wish to attend.
Those rankings are completely meaningless. Number 5 vs number 20, just doesn't matter. Look at their clinical training, their rotations, etc. The school ranking from US News should NOT factor into your decision.
Most likely he would make 60 x weeks worked x hourly rate.
Why would you want to attend a program, that you are not even sure is up and running?
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