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2nd Residency

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by rotatores, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. rotatores

    rotatores Senior Member
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    Just curious...but say after working in your field for several years...how difficult is it to convince your specialty leader to release you to apply for a second residency?
     
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  3. IgD

    IgD The Lorax
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    Coming to psychiatry already eh? :)

    I think its more complicated than that. I think you would have to convince the detailer and community you want to join that you are serious.
     
  4. rotatores

    rotatores Senior Member
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    "That I'm serious." How do you mean? I doubt I'd have to convince the detailer of the community I want to join anything! Did you mean convince the detailer of the community that I'm leaving...b/c he's the one who has to sacrifice a billet.

    BTW...I've seen this done several times...just curious how smoothly it can be!
     
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    Dude, getting disillusioned:)?
    The "easy" way is to make those "few years" your AD service obligation. If you want to retrain you say "let me retrain or I'm leaving the service". Now if you were USUHS, that "few years" might be a little suckier;)

    So what're you trying to jump ship to?
     
  6. Gastrapathy

    Gastrapathy no longer apathetic
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    Depends. Typically will not be considered until after a utilization tour. Can't wait until you are too senior (its actually easier at O4 than O5/6). None of the peds subs could keep you happy? Rads or anesthesia?
     
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    For the Army, I don't think the choke point is your specialty leader (consultant). I think the choke point is selection to the second residency. I believe that Army GME has a policy of putting second residency applicants at the bottom of the pile, after medical students and GMOs. Anybody know more about this? Is it different for other services?
     
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    I sincerely doubt that is the case. We have all kinds of residents in anesthesia and radiology who were previously IM, Peds, OB-Gyn, FP, etc.
     
  9. rotatores

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    Thank you! I thought I was the only one who knows several people who went from one residency to another (one was even an O5).
     
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    As it was explanied to me, you have to finish your payback from the first residency. (I saw a few EM residents at Lackland who were previously trained in other fields.)
     
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    I believe it is a new policy. Again, I can't speak with absolute certainty, but we have a new resident completing a second residency who is an O-5. He was told to not expect to be picked up because he would be at the bottom of the totem pole. Take it for what it's worth.
     
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    I don't know how true this is. But one O4 I know told me that he was approved to apply for a fellowship by threatening to apply for residency in a different specialty.
     

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