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Deferring Residency?

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by purplemountains, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. purplemountains

    Jul 21, 2011
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    Resident [Any Field]
    I have matched at a competitive residency program but for personal/family reasons, am considering taking time off. Does anyone know if its possible to defer a residency position for a year or two?
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  3. Smurfette

    Smurfette Antagonized by Azrael
    Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2001
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    Attending Physician
    Assuming you just started residency last month, you need to talk to your PD about what your options may be. In general, taking a LOA for a few months is doable depending on the program and situation. Taking a full 1 or 2 years off is more problematic and your PD is not likely to guarantee you a spot in 2 years after a mere month of internship, BUT if you talk to them, you can see if you have options.

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