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Considering EM?

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by PTP, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. PTP

    PTP 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2003
    So I am currently a PGY2 in FM right now and I really enjoy EM. I always have and was debating FM and EM come 4th year. [I really wish they had that combined FM/EM residency 2 years earlier] Well now I am really thinking about pursuing an EM residency after I finish. I could just work as and "pseudo-EM" physician in rural-town; however, I would rather be "properly" trained and I dont want to limit where I can work/live.
    I friend of mine was tellin me doing a second residency is next to impossible as programs dont get any funding for physicans doing second residencies. Is this true? If so are my chances shot?
    If it is possible, what can I do, in preparation, to improve my chances of gettin into EM residency. I never was a really good test taker so didnt do to hot on the steps. I am going to doing 2 additional months of EM as elective in 3rs year and another month of peds EM. I am pretty sure I can get excellent LORs from EM and other faculity. Anything else I can do at this point?
    thanks for the input.
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  3. glorfindel

    glorfindel Have you walked your dog? 10+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    My limited understanding of these issues amounts to this:

    Yes, some programs won't look at you if you've already burned through a few of your federally-funded postgraduate training years -- but some will. It's institution-dependent. My advice is to call the PD at places you're interested in and ask.
  4. PTP

    PTP 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2003
  5. DrQuinn

    DrQuinn My name is Neo Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2000
    I know my program, USF in Tampa, accepts (and loves) people who have previous training. it makes for a very well rounded resident.

    I had none of the previous, and wasn't the latter.
  6. PowderHound

    PowderHound Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    What are these magical EM/FM programs? I know about Cristiana in that the only one, or are there others?
  7. PTP

    PTP 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2003
    I believe there are other but they are not going through ERAS.

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