I’m a pgy1 finishing a preliminary year and starting a radiology categorical residency in July. Unlike most people who were ecstatic on match day, I was devastated to see I had fallen to my 9th choice to a smaller community hospital last year in a small town. I received over 15 interviews in my preferred field and 10 in IM. I decided to dual apply not due to a concern about competitiveness but due a genuine interest in both fields. I wasn’t the most competitive candidate for the field I matched to, but to be completely honest, all the self reported data would suggest that I am overqualified for the program I ended up in. As time went on I developed regrets about what I had done and the implications of what this program could have on my future career. Furthermore I am sickened about ranking this community program over some strong academic programs in the secondary specialty I interviewed. The program is not terrible and has nice people apparently, but I am just very unsure about how much limitations this will pose in fellowship and job opportunities. How realistic is this stigma and can is there any chance of seeking out a career I want, unless I switch programs/ specialties?
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