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How Does an IM Residency Work?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by SeminoleFan3, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. SeminoleFan3

    SeminoleFan3 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    If someone were interested in doing something like Endocrinology or Infectious Disease, do you match into IM and then specialize from there? Do you complete a full IM residency and then some more training in the specialty field, or do you complete an internship yr in IM, and then a few years of training in the specialty?
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  3. jaydoc07

    jaydoc07 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    It's called a fellowship. You match into IM, then apply for whatever fellowship you want (GI, card, endo, etc) while you are in residency. Then, whenever you complete your IM residency, you start your fellowship.
  4. 8744

    8744 Guest

    Dec 7, 2001
    Probably apropos of nothing but you know what the best thing about finally, after a false start, matching into the specialty I wanted?

    The fact that I will never have to write another personal statement, beg for a job, and go to another interview as a supplicant desperate to be hired. The next time I look for a job I'll get my ass kissed for a change.

    (Because think about it: You jumped through hoops to get into college, medical school, residency, and fellowship. It has to end eventually.)
  5. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    For most of us this statement comes like a vision of an oasis in the desert. We may well succumb to the blistering heat and rattlesnake bites, or rip off a finger in an attempt to drink our own blood and curse the sand that soaks it up so greedily. But it's nice to know the oasis is not a mirage.
  6. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!

    People who wish to be certified in a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine such as Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Critical Care/Pulmonology and Endocrinology will do three years of Internal Medicine Residency. During PGY-2, most people will start applying to fellowships and interviewing for these fellowships. After the completion of PGY-3, they will start fellowship if they have been fortunate enough to match into a fellowship. (Fellowship is another match process). As jaydoc07 said, "when you complete your IM residency, you can start your fellowship".
  7. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    So I guess you're not thinking about a Peds ER fellowship? :D
  8. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    :thumbup: Trudat.

    I think that many fellowship programs also utilize the match system similar to residency programs.

    Keep in mind that cardiology comes in a couple of varying flavors.
  9. deuist

    deuist Stealthfully Sarcastic Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2004
    After reading his posts on peds, I'm going to guess that's a no.

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