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Sorry if this is a noobish thread, but I'd like to know how residencies work after med school. How does the application process work? How competitive are the more appealing residencies (cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, etc) opposed to the less appealing residencies (general care, pediatrics, etc)?
 

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You would be well-served by visiting the subforum on ERAS and the NRMP Match and reading the threads on the process. Also visit www.nrmp.org and read the data tables for info on competition for different residencies, as well as their pages on the match process.
 

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how appealing residencies are depends on the person. i'd refrain from calling some things more appealing than others. for instance, i'd rather be attacked by a bear than be a cardiac surgeon ;).

it's a tough question to answer in a post. as a 4th year med student you'll apply to the residency specialty of your choice through the NRMP.. you need letters of rec, a personal statement, etc just like any other application process. you get interviews and rank the places you interview from first to last. they rank you in comparison with other people they interviewed and a computer tells everyone where they're going for residency sometime in mid-march. residencies vary from 3 to 5+ years to complete and often there are optional fellowships to further specialize when you finish. for instance, a surgeon could do a fellowship to be a vascular surgeon, an internal medicine doc could do a fellowship in GI or renal or cardiac etc. some residencies like derm, neuro, radiology, ophtho and a few others require a 1 year internship in something more general before starting them. competetiveness depends both on the type of residency you're applying to and the specific program, and is too specific to these variables to explain succinctly. cheers.
 
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Just curious, how hard is it to get a residency in plastic surgery?
 

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Just curious, how hard is it to get a residency in plastic surgery?
There were 191 Applications for 101 positions in Plastics Surgery. Average Step 1 was 245, Step 2 was 245. So, you have to be way better than average, and still then you have about a 50-50 shot at it.

Some Data for you:
Advance Data Tables for 2010
Charting Outcomes for 2010
-This PDF has match info on all specialties. Plastics starts on page 226.
 

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Just curious, how hard is it to get a residency in plastic surgery?
As noted above, plastics is considered amongst the most difficult residencies to match in to.

FYI: "cardiac" surgery (usually referred to as CT Surgery) is still usually a fellowship completed after general surgery although there are some newer Integrated programs which you match into from medical school.

As others have noted, the appeal of a residency is highly dependent on the person. There is no longer any specialty known as "general practice" although Family Medicine would come the closest. The application process is very convoluted to the outsider but the links above should give you more information about how it all works.