Sadly we often read in many of the residency forums, medical residents who are terminated or forced to resign for a myriad of reasons. Sadly enough we know without completing a residency your MD degree is practically worthless. That being said, what is the practicality of these individuals who may not be able to return to residency to consider other alternative career paths related to health care in some way, like pursuing a career in pharmacy, or being a nurse practionaire, or physician assistant. And knowing that some are going to say who wants to go back to school when they have invested so much time or are already in debt? however, pursuing the later options seems more reasonable than sitting on the couch for the next 3-4 years in the time you could of obtained the above certification. moreover, working at sears or jcpenny want be adequate to take care of the accumulating debt, as the later options provide a more viable alternative. i welcome any thoughts or consideration on the matter.