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Internal Medicine Residency Before RadOnc Residency?

Discussion in 'Radiation Oncology' started by LarLonners, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. LarLonners

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    I'm a third year medical student, intend on applying for RadOnc, but I'm also interested in completing a residency in IM, not just the intern year that more conventional applicants carry out. Is this something people do? Can I apply to RadOnc residency programs next year and defer the start of my residency until I complete IM? Do people who apply for RadOnc residency while they're still Medicine residents have a more difficult time matching?

    I realize this is a question not often asked by RadOnc applicants. Will my desire to complete a medicine residency be a strike against me when I rotate in different RadOnc departments?

    Any input at all will help a lot... Thanks.
     
  2. Gfunk6

    Gfunk6 And to think . . . I hesitated
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    You are better off doing a radiology residency prior to radiation oncology residency... that would be priceless.
     
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    Ugh. Totally disagree. Little useful here besides the redundancy of general rads physics and CT/MRI. A waste.
     
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    I find background knowledge in radiology extremely helpful in CNS and head/neck cases when cranial nerves are involved... The same applies for abdominal imagings. Radiation Oncologists with radiology training are highly desirable. Certainly not a waste, but a plus.
     

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