Yes it is possible. The problem is you will be looking for a PGY-2 slot (unless you want to repeat your internship.Originally posted by NRAI2001
Is it possible to switch residencies if after a year or two u decide that u like a different field of medicine better?
If the new field is derm, I would imagine it is very hard regardless of the support from your PD just because of the general difficulty in matching into derm. To put it another way, if you didn't have the board scores, research, clinical evals to match in coming out of med school, you probably won't be able to transfer into that specialty from a different field.NRAI2001 said:I meant switch into a different specialty like going from IM to Derm. How difficult is it to do switch into a different field?
The process is much less difficult going from a competitive field to a less competitive field (there seems to be at least 1-2 former surgery residents in the entering anesthesiology class at our school every year). This is much more difficult going the other way - for example, the medicine intern I'm working with tried for ophthalmology last year and did not match, scrambled for the medicine position she's in now, tried again but this time also interviewed at neurology programs, and ended up matching at a high-powered neuro program (but was unsuccessful in matching ophtho).NRAI2001 said:I meant switch into a different specialty like going from IM to Derm. How difficult is it to do switch into a different field?