Interesting Residency Trends

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by bigfrank, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. bigfrank

    bigfrank SDN Donor

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    Hi,

    Right now, there are (of course) specialties that are more difficult to attain and those that are less difficult to attain.

    That said, does anyone foresee any TRENDS in certain specialties that will be realized over the next 3-4 years?

    I'd love to hear people's opinions about:
    1. those specialties that are going from hard --> easy
    2. those specialties that are going from easy --> hard...


    Any takers?

    Thanks, Frank
     
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  3. ApacheIndian

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    IMHO...

    Gen Surg - should be a relatively easy match
    Anesthesia - gonna shoot up even further in competitiveness
    PM&R - getting tougher every year as more and more people are coming to realize what the acronym stands for

    But what do I know :p ...
     
  4. Jani

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    What is PM &R ??? Is it Primary medicine? I know I sound a bit dum here, never mind...

    How different is from normal internal medicine ?
     
  5. ApacheIndian

    ApacheIndian philomath

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    It stand for Plenty of Money & Relaxation... obviously very different from Internal Medicine ;).

    O.k. o.k... it stands for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. From my understanding, it's sort of like being an MD chiropractor... good lifestyle, good money, relatively benign residency. If you wanna know more, check out the PM&R forum under Specialty Forums... Stinky Tofu's a PM&R Resident at Harvard and he for one really knows his stuff about it (and he's got a PHAT M3 :eek: ).
     
  6. Ligament

    Ligament Interventional Pain Management
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    PM&R: getting much more competetive. Applications up 25% or so last year alone. I think PM&R has seen the biggest change as far as residency popularity goes.

    Gen. Surg: very unpopular now, probably due to poor money for the training
    Anesthesia: getting much harder every year.
     
  7. kenfused

    kenfused Senior Member
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    Primary care got hurt last year!
    Medicine, and Peds, and family medicine, all had more unmatched spots!!
     
  8. drusso

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    CRINGE! Unless chiropractors are now treating people with stroke, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and serious neuromuscular diseases and doing interventional pain procedures I think most physiatrists would cringe at this comparison. Follow this link to get some information about what PM&R and physiatry is all about and then check out the links in the PM&R section under specialties:

    What is a physiatrist?
     
  9. ApacheIndian

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    Thanks for the link... I see that there's a lot more to PM&R than meets the eye... no offense intended by my silly comparison :)...
     

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