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Applying to different fields...

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by WakeMedHeel, Jun 29, 2002.

  1. WakeMedHeel

    WakeMedHeel Senior Member
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    Jun 23, 2002
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    Is it possible to apply to multiple fields of medicine in a certain locale. For example, I would like to do my residency in Atlanta. Assuming I was interested in a number of different fields, would it be possible to apply to the Internal Med program, along with a couple other programs in the same hospital?

    I'm sure medical schools and residency programs frown on this but I was just curious if anyone had heard about someone doing this.
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  3. PPdoc

    PPdoc Junior Member

    Jun 22, 2002
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    yes, it's possible, but you need to be careful with your letters of rec and your personal statement(s). You could either make them all non-specific (applicable to any field) OR have separate personal statements and rec letters for each field.

    If you choose the latter option, be VERY careful. Every program director has a story of an applicant with letters/personal statement for a different field than the one to which they are applying. (i.e. ortho letters written to an EM program director)

    Good luck!
  4. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    Certainly its possible. However, as noted above - be careful. PDs might rightly question your commitment to their residency program if you would be seemingly just as happy in a different program down the street or an entirely different field.

    Easier to do if you apply to different programs in different hospitals but there is no telling how well PDs know each other. Don't paint yourself into a corner about your love for specialty "X" - be suitably vague.

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