Thanks so much for your reply, aProgDirector.Make sure the residency is accredited.
If there is a question of funding, take a look at what's happening to the economy. I expect there will be less funding in the future, not more.
Thanks for your reply too, dragonfly99.Sounds dicey. Yes, check and see if it's an accredited ACGME residency.
Also, aren't there ANY other psych residencies that are real 4 year programs in your area
If you are desperate to stay in 1 city and that's the only psych intern year there, I guess it would be OK to do as long as it's accredited. If worse comes to worse you could transfer somewhere after your intern year, as long as you do pretty well. Psych residencies are generally not competitive to get in to, and if you're a US grad you'd likely be sought after. However, it's a big pain to have to transfer from one residency to another.
I don't think how "nice" the PD is being to you should influence you too terribly much. Of course they are going to act nice if they want you. It doesn't mean they actually have worked out the logistics of the program. Personally I'd rank this new program lower than other psych residencies in the area, unless you have a compelling reason not to (like the other program is really malignant or something). This doesn't sound worth the risks.
Why don't you pop over to the Psych forum and see if you can get any input over there: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/forumdisplay.php?f=44
(Although, I must say you have a very specific/complex situation with a lot of nuances so that may make it tougher for them to give you good advice.)Then again, it's a small world so someone might realize immediately what program you're talking about and have some "inside" "political" type info they could PM to you.
(I also must add I haven't seen much about DO residencies on the Psych forum so that might be another obstacle to getting good advice...)
Thanks so much for your reply, aProgDirector.
How exactly would I find out if it's accredited? The intern year overall, not psych specific, is listed on ERAS. The residency program is not listed on ERAS, Frieda, or the AOA opportunities site.
Overall, I think this is a bad idea. You have no idea if there is any funding for this, nor are there currently any residents in this type of program. Most allopathic psych programs do not have a "prelim" year -- you simply start in psych which in the PGY-1 year will have 3-4 blocks of medicine and 2 blocks of neuro, but the rest of the time is psych so I would think you would be "behind" if you tried to start as a PGY-2 psych resident. Plus, I'm pretty sure you'll have to have a continuity clinic through the entire residency, so I don't see how you can switch from program to program.
Bad idea. You're betting your whole future on this. Don't be foolish.