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Ethical implications of the high cost of medical student visiting dermatology rotations

      Visiting medical students rotate within our department, affording them and us the opportunity to evaluate whether they are a “good fit” for our residency program. Visiting rotations (VRs) are an integral part of medical school curricula and dermatology application processes. These rotators clearly have an advantage over those who do not spend a month with us, as they are afforded the opportunity to get to know faculty and work with them on various projects. VRs are expensive, however, with students spending thousands of dollars on travel, housing, and institutional fees.
      • Winterton M
      • Ahn J
      • Bernstein J.
      The prevalence and cost of medical student visiting rotations.

      Abbreviations:

      VR (Visiting Rotation), VSLO (Visiting Student Learning Opportunities), AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), URiM (Underrepresented in medicine), COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), NA (Not applicable)
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