Career Switch to Psychiatry

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I am 3 years out from a different specialty (with intership in IM). How difficult would it be for me to switch to psychiatry? Also, how difficult would it be to get a position in Southern California?

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It is not difficult to go into psychiatry with an IM internship as your IM internship will count as one of your 4 years of psych. Finding a position is mainly dependent on whether the program has an open slot or not. Getting a slot in southern CA might be difficult given the demand. Check out the program at San Diego since they take a fair number of people at the PGY2 level.