BACKGOUND chk for residency?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by dirkdiggler, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. dirkdiggler

    dirkdiggler Member
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    Jul 16, 2001
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    I have been accepted to the school of my choice and it came to me that in four years,
    I will be starting my residency. Do they run criminal background checks, if they do,
    I think that they are only allowed to go back 7 years.
    I had a DUI when I was 21 and I hope it won't matter. :( :(

  2. redleft123

    redleft123 Ho' Dawg
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    May 19, 2002
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    Con: Going back only 7 years is a falacy.... don't count on that to be your saving grace. :(

    Pro: Unles they are a "government" affiliated hospital, they can find out little. :) A "govt" hopsital (such as ones run by a state-system (i.e., Univ of Calif) can find out a bit more. :(

    What the are looking for is "is there an on-going problem" and what has the person done since then. Assuming only one (and I use the word "only" haphazardly <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> , as one DUI is more than enough <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> ) DUI, and NO other problems since then, they will probably look past it as a "youthful indescretion." :p If there is any other indication of substance abuse, they could view it as a serious problem. <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" />

    Above all...remember to be honest! They likely will forgive a DUI years ago...but will be concerned if you lied about it on your application a few months ago. :p

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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    Generally only felonies are considered an issue with licensing. Each state has its own regulations about how far back they check, what legal issues are a problem for licensure and what they require to be licensed.

    Moving to Rotations and Residencies where yhou might get more responses...

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