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Fellowship vs. Specialty Residency

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Residencies and Fellowships' started by Sustiva, Oct 28, 2005.

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  1. Sustiva

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    What are the benefits of doing a specialty residency vs fellowship after a Pharmacy Practice residency? I know a fellowship is more research-oriented, but doesn't it provide clinical training also? Im really interested in doing both clinical and research in ID someday... what are my options? any insight appreciated.
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    wow! thanks for all of the great suggestions!!!
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    Nice.

    You can do research with just a specialty residency, but a fellowship doesn't carry as much weight as a residency on a job application for a clinical position.
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    thanks for the input :)

    Do you think a fellowship would make you a more "competitive" investigator for IND clinical trials than a specialty residency?
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    Fellowship is probably more prestigious than just specialty residency. However, it's for people who are hardcore for research. It's 2 years, and really unless you are planning for doing research it's kinda of a waste. I mean you can still work clinically and some research on the side, but if you are savy with your clinical specialty residency you can get into research as well. Having a fellowship is not a prerequesite to do research. People who go for fellowship, usually hook up with a university and want to get in on the tenure track and basically publish as much as they can, and on the side do some clinical work. But really research is their main thing.

    Really you need to know what you want. The main question to ask is how deeply you want to be involved in research and how much in clinical work. Really it depends on what you want to do. It also depends on what type of research you want to do. If you want to do pseudoresearch and not publish much maybe one a year, then go be a clinical specialist. But to do meaningful research and to get into real research, work in the lab and all that jazz, you should do a fellowship. Well that's about it. Sorry for the longwinded answer. Good luck.

    p.s. Fellowship is really research intensive, you need to publish 4 first author articles in those two years and you take advance courses in statistics and you learn how to write manuscripts for publishing and all that. In clinical specialty, you have to do a project, that may or may not get published. But of course you could do a research elective in ID to give you a head start if you want to do some research later on.
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    Yea absolutely. Remember fellowship is an intense clinical research experience.

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