Originally Posted by Protongenic
I find this to be very true. It can be more difficult to find a specialty position in one of those areas without a PGY2. Granted, there are also non-traditional tracks available at certain hospitals, both rural and urban, where you can get trained on the job, usually after completion of a PGY1. But these programs tend to vary across the board since there are no real standards.
Just something else to think about, especially for students early in their education; with 100+ oncology and 100+ critical care residents graduating from PGY2s each year, will these non-traditional tracks still be around in the next 5 years, 10 years?
Critical care residents already cannot find jobs in their fields. On the other side oncology - there is still shortage of qualified oncology specialists just because most of oncology field is moving from inpatient to numerous ambulatory settings. If you have an interest in oncology, I would encourage anyone to pursue it.