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Leaving residency

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by prostate, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. prostate

    prostate Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    I am about to start intern year and was trying to find out what my options are for trying to take time off for a legit reason for one year.

    Do program allow taking time off in the middle for the year and then coming back at the some point on year later? Would it be better to take time off after completing my intern year? How accommodating do you thing they might be if i tiried to take it off right now?
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  3. michaelrack

    michaelrack All In at the wrong time Physician SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Memphis TN
    They would be pretty angry if you try to take off time now. It would be best to complete the intern year.
  4. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Depends what the "legit" reason is. If you used the NRMP or other match service to get your position, without a waiver from the match, you are potentially in danger of violating the match if you are considering not starting.

    If you start and work at least 1 day, then the NRMP plays no role in any potential sanctions.

    Depends on the program; would be unlikely for a call heavy specialty as this puts them in a severe bind.

    Yes. That gives them time to find a replacement for you. What people fail to realize is that by taking time off the amount of work does not change. Most programs function on bare bones resident staff. One person leaves means more work the rest left behind, especially if you leave in the middle of the year. Its awfully hard, if not impossible to find a replacement. If you give them advance noticed about taking a year off at the end of the year, its much easier to finagle the call schedule, rotations, etc.

    Most contracts require 90 days notice of a desire not to sign a contract for the following year.

    Not very.

    What you are contemplating is not only a match violation, but is horribly inconsiderate. The year has been planned out assuming you were schedules, rotations, vacations, etc. You can almost assuredly expect that if you bail now that you will not fare well in the match next year (ie, I do not imagine your program will "save" your spot for you until next year). Residency is not like medical school - you can't enter and leave at will.

    If you leave now, do so with the expectation that it will not be well received and that you will not get a match waiver which means you are not allowed to participate in the match for a period of 3 years. Hope its a legit reason that you just found out about for your sake.
  5. Strength&Speed

    Strength&Speed Need more speed...... 10+ Year Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    welcome to slave labor (oh, i'm sorry---training) prostate. As you can see, they own you purty good.
  6. IndyXRT

    IndyXRT 10+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    If there is any way you can avoid taking this time off, I recommend completing your intern year as planned. This will look better for you and leave you with more options (e.g. in many states you can get a licence with one year of internship and completion of step 3). I realize that some things are more important than your career. Just be aware that to take a large amount of time off at this juncture may be career suicide.
  7. chrisisinnocent

    chrisisinnocent Elbow deep 7+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    New York City
    I agree with this. A friend of mine was in a pretty decent Anesthesia program. He left in the middle of his intern year for personal reasons and he had to go through the Match four straight years before matching again in Path in the middle of nowhere. His old PD did a pretty good job of blackballing him.
  8. Strength&Speed

    Strength&Speed Need more speed...... 10+ Year Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    Without knowing the details of the case, I'd say that's equally unprofessional of the PD to blackball him that severely. I really think the residencies should try to be more accomodating to people who have serious family issues. It's just sad and unfortunate the number of people slogging through because they have to. Creates a lot of resentment on the back end. Not good for anybody, especially patients.
  9. shag

    shag Supreme Procrastinator 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2002
    The type of residency you have chosen may play a part. Kinder, gentler programs such as IM, Peds, and Psych may cut you more slack than specialists such as surgery, OB/GYN, etc.

    To be a bit more serious, your ultimate responsibility is to yourself and your family. If you have a truly legit reason, your program may be empathetic. Quitting early is considered unprofessional, but your PD may work with you. I have known of a resident with a critically ill child who remained in the program, but was given significant leeway when needed.

    Good luck...
  10. Does this have anything to do with Step 2 CS?

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