Originally Posted by K31
Yeah, exactly. I want to combine emergency medicine and critical care. I don't need the IM training, but I think it would add to my strength as an intensivist.
However, I'm not willing to be in training for ever. I'm going to be 30 as it is when I graduate from med school, and I've decided 6 years post-grad training is my limit. Thus I'm applying mainly to EM (especially CC-strong programs, with the plan to do a 2-year fellowship afterward), and also to those EM/IM/CC programs where the 6th year for CC board eligibility is a possibility.
Got it. Well I think you have the right idea about your application strategy given your goals. The PhD should definitely kick open most doors with your goals as well.
Another thing you have to think about is that some of the more critical care based EM programs are 4 year programs (ie. Cincinnati, Northwestern, Denver etc) so you have to ask yourself if a 4 year EM and then 2 year CC fellowship is a consideration as well. Falls within 6 years but some people don't like the 4 year programs but they likely would make getting a top notch CC fellowship easier as well.
Consider also with EM/IM/CC the downside of Medicine clinic. If you want to be an intensivist dealing with the primary care stuff can suck. Have to ask yourself if overall the IM training would be worth this. Something to consider.
Just curious, what'd you do your PhD in? Critical care related?