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Can you rank NSG and general at the same program?

Discussion in 'Neurosurgery' started by gstrub, May 8, 2007.

  1. gstrub

    gstrub Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Just wondering...I know some people who apply for neurosurg also apply for general as a backup. Can you do so at the same university? Also, do you know if it is possible to match as a categorical in general and then switch later to neuro?

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  3. H_Caulfield

    H_Caulfield Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    I believe neurosurgery is an early match, so you can actually apply for just NSG, be rejected all around, and still have time to apply for general surgery in the regular match.
  4. FutureNeuroStud

    FutureNeuroStud Ahhh...vacation 5+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    Some people who don't match NSG on their first attempt try to get into a PGY-1 general surgical internship, then reapply for NSG residencies during that year. It's possible, but looking at the data from past years only ~22% of those people match.
  5. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Even though neurosurgery is early match you can't really do this. You'll have to apply concurrently. It looks a bit suspect if you are applying to two different fields at the same institution as both will feel a bit slighted.

    You can start general surgery and try to switch to neurosurgery after the first year but it is likely more difficult and is a pretty crappy thing to do to your general surgery program.

    NDESTRUKT Fadeproof 10+ Year Member

    If you apply to both programs, since one is early match and the other is regular match - they won't know unless you tell them. Apply to both, interview for both. If neuroSx rejects you, you have backup. If they don't reject you, then don't turn in your match list for GenSurg.

    NeuroSx knows it's competitive therefore they almost expect everyone to have some backup.

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