LadyEmmaPeel

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I have a colleague who did just that!

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Oh thank you!!! I was so worried, but hopeful it could still work out!
 
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...even though I matched at a university...can I still get a VA post-doc if I work my butt off? Hoping this doesn't obliterate my chances. :bigtears:
When I was in the VA, we definitely took postdocs without a VA internship. The VA internship definitely gives someone a slight advantage at some VAs, but a strong application otherwise can otherwise still get you in the door.
 

LadyEmmaPeel

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When I was in the VA, we definitely took postdocs without a VA internship. The VA internship definitely gives someone a slight advantage at some VAs, but a strong application otherwise can otherwise still get you in the door.
That is GREAT to hear! I have been trying to do neuro VA work for years, but it's so competitive in NYC. I will test my heart out!!! Thank you fir the sprinkle of hope. :rolleyes:
 

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That is GREAT to hear! I have been trying to do neuro VA work for years, but it's so competitive in NYC. I will test my heart out!!! Thank you fir the sprinkle of hope. :rolleyes:
If you are restricted to NYC, the chances definitely slim down. Not too mention, I think some of the best VA training sites for neuro are in different geographic areas.
 
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LadyEmmaPeel

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If you are restricted to NYC, the chances definitely slim down. Not too mention, I think some of the best VA training sites for neuro are in different geographic areas.
I will go anywhere for post-doc! :couchpotato:
 
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Congrats to everyone! I think that going through this as a TD is an annual reminder of the stressful nature of this whole process, so I can definitely relate to how you all are feeling right now. Please take care of yourselves today whether you're celebrating matching, grieving, or just celebrating surviving today. Phase 2 match day will come soon, and so will new opportunities.
 
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Matched to my #4. I'm honesty surprised and dont know how I feel about it yet. I think I was just expecting to go to round two for like 5 months and am in shock. And that interview went terribly (was my first one, and skype) and I am surprised they ranked me at all. I've never been there, either. Still processing it all.
 

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...even though I matched at a university...can I still get a VA post-doc if I work my butt off? Hoping this doesn't obliterate my chances. :bigtears:
I know several who have done that. I definitely think your chances will still be good. It also seems a lot of VAs are less competitive for Post Doc than internship
 
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LadyEmmaPeel

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I know several who have done that. I definitely think your chances will still be good. It also seems a lot of VAs are less competitive for Post Doc than internship
That is motivating and helpful to know! :joyful:
 
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LadyEmmaPeel

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Outside of neuro, I would 100% agree.
Uh oh. My internship will be neuro focused, but I'd love to do neuro at a VA or even get more generalist training. Is that not possible?
 

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Uh oh. My internship will be neuro focused, but I'd love to do neuro at a VA or even get more generalist training. Is that not possible?
Oh, it's still entirely possible; I'm living proof (i.e., completed my internship at an AMC and fellowship at a VA). I just meant that neuro VA postdocs aren't necessarily less competitive than neuro VA internships. But by having a neuro-focused internship, you're making yourself competitive in that regard.
 

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I concur with @AcronymAllergy s assessment of postdoc competitiveness. The overall applicant pool is generally stronger, somewhat due to some of the weaker people dropping out, perhaps pursuing non-neuro options after internship.
 
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...even though I matched at a university...can I still get a VA post-doc if I work my butt off? Hoping this doesn't obliterate my chances. :bigtears:
Totally! I have a colleague at my current site, a large VA in a major city, who did not have any VA experience. Matched at our VA for postdoc and already has been offered a full-time position. It's doable!
 
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I’m about to see patients for the next two hours. If I get a phone call from the TD of my internship site, am I expected to answer the phone, or is it okay if I just call them back?
I'm sure it's fine if you call them back! I've heard these phone calls are brief congrats and just to give a heads up that they'll be contacting you with more information soon.
 
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I’m about to see patients for the next two hours. If I get a phone call from the TD of my internship site, am I expected to answer the phone, or is it okay if I just call them back?
If you're in with a patient, I'm sure the TD would understand. They'll likely leave a message with any needed instructions (e.g., if they need you to call them back, or if they're just calling to say congratulations).
 
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LadyEmmaPeel

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Had an AWESOME interview at a VA out West and just saw they're in Phase II now with two openings. Really? Glad I'm not dating cuz I totally misjudged that connection! :(#kickinthejunk
 

LadyEmmaPeel

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I guess your higher ranked site didn’t like you enough, lol
Haha, yeah kinda hating the whole thing right now. Totally misread the vibes. Not a good time to start drinking either! Chocolate it is! :smuggrin:
 

LadyEmmaPeel

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Do you make it your goal to be a super dingus to people on the forum? I've seen your reactions and responses to posts. What's the point of these interactions?
Oh I thought that was directed at me and not you; had to look again. Sorry boo! :shy: How did your match turn out? I feel like we had similar reactions.
 

LadyEmmaPeel

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I guess your higher ranked site didn’t like you enough, lol
I say this with love: Don't be a terd nugget. This is a tough day and we're all friends and colleagues here! :nono:
 
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Oh I thought that was directed at me and not you; had to look again. Sorry boo! :shy: How did your match turn out? I feel like we had similar reactions.
Thanks LadyEmmaPeel. I matched to my 4th, which is objectively a great site, but it stings that my top 3 didn't like me as much as I like them. Ah well, life goes on. I hope we can all be supportive of each other through this process.
 

LadyEmmaPeel

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Thanks LadyEmmaPeel. I matched to my 4th, which is objectively a great site, but it stings that my top 3 didn't like me as much as I like them. Ah well, life goes on. I hope we can all be supportive of each other through this process.
I am trying to appreciate our matches and see the positive of it all as well! :)
 

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Same here. Cried a whole bunch but feeling okay now. I think.
I cried with relief more so than celebration of where I matched. I found out I will be near so many beaches and close to Disneyland so the perks are getting better the more I look at the area!!! Mind you I have kiddos (although I'm a kid at heart)
 
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Congrats to all of us!!! And those who will be going to Phase II - I am rooting for you for this second wave! Now that I have felt disappointment, cried out of relief and reflected on the positive aspects of the site....IM TREATING MYSELF TO A GOOD MEAL!! And possibly a nap.
 
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Had an AWESOME interview at a VA out West and just saw they're in Phase II now with two openings. Really? Glad I'm not dating cuz I totally misjudged that connection! :(#kickinthejunk
Same! Does this mean you weren’t ranked at that site at all? Especially if you ranked the site high?
 
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LadyEmmaPeel

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Same! Does this mean you weren’t ranked at that site at all? Especially if you ranked the site high?
That's exactly what it means. :arghh:
 
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I cried with relief more so than celebration of where I matched. I found out I will be near so many beaches and close to Disneyland so the perks are getting better the more I look at the area!!! Mind you I have kiddos (although I'm a kid at heart)
I think we're going to be in the same city, if I read what you wrote correctly. ;) Hope to see you around.
 

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Congratulations, everyone! I am grateful to match at my #1.

Anyone else surprised with the number of really competitive sites with multiple spots in Phase II? APPIC Match | Participating Internships
It weirds me out that my number #2 (matched to my #3) is on there with 2 spots open lol But then again, I think they were so disorganized and didn't even know my name much less had no idea on what tracks I applied to.
 
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It weirds me out that my number #2 (matched to my #3) is on there with 2 spots open lol But then again, I think they were so disorganized and didn't even know my name much less had no idea on what tracks I applied to.
Omg, that sounds like an awful experience. I would hate to be at an unorganized internship site for the final year. I think you might've dodged a bullet!
 

affectiveH3art

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Omg, that sounds like an awful experience. I would hate to be at an unorganized internship site for the final year. I think you might've dodged a bullet!
I didn't lol I matched to another track there :p Hey anything is better than what I am doing now!!
 

LadyEmmaPeel

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Congratulations, everyone! I am grateful to match at my #1.

Anyone else surprised with the number of really competitive sites with multiple spots in Phase II? APPIC Match | Participating Internships
I am SHOCKED AF at some of the sites that have spots open. Shocked...jealous...a range of emotions!:confused:
 
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I matched at my lowest ranked site (attended 8 interviews). It really stings knowing that so few people who match are placed outside their top 3 or even top 5 sites. I'm thankful I've matched and can begin planning. I know I'll make the most of it, but it's hard to celebrate when the match doesnt work for you the way people say it will.
 
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