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maybe you guys can clear this up for me...

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by ubigal, Feb 27, 2002.

  1. ubigal

    ubigal Junior Member
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    OK, I posted this on another board. But this one might be a better board to post it on. Here it goes...My friends and I are debating about this. Please help me win this bet. When you apply to residency programs are you required to tell them if you have a mental illness or physical disability/condition? For example, if you are HIV or Hep positive, do you have to tell them, or does everyone have a blood test before they start? I know for medical school you have to show that you are not hep + and/or have received the vaccinations before beginning clinical rotations.
     
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  3. Hypersomniac

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    I'm sure not all residencies require this info at the time you apply or even after interviews. But I'm definitely sure those questions will be asked and yes, a full set of tests will be done on your blood (including HIV and Hep profile) on your pre-employment PE after you sign your contract.
    Does this make you win the bet?
     
  4. NuMD97

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    Excuse me, but HIV is NOT tested at all institutions prior to starting a residency program.
     
  5. ubigal

    ubigal Junior Member
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    Um... not sure if I'm gonna win this bet after the last post. My money is on the fact that you do get tested for everything -- just think of the liability of the institution if you don't get tested.

    But its funny -- in trying to find answers for this question, all I could find about residency requirements were "USMLE" this and that but nothing about the actual physical health/requirements and or tests of the applicant. Are they afraid of discrimination so they just don't mention it?

    Medical students are like everyone else -- some have physical and/or mental illnesses, don't they? We're not invincible.
     
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    Other than testing for TB, we were NOT tested for Hep or HIV. We were required to show that we had completed the Hep B series or start it before employment.
     
  7. UCMonkey

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    I'm just applying to med school now, but I know that med schools require you to have had certain immunizations (hep being one of them) and be tested for TB, so I imagine they would probably be safe in assuming that since you came from a med school (in the US at least, I don't know about FMG's) then you have had the above tests / shots.

    Also, with regard to HIV, isn't there a big legal / consent issue involved in testing people?
     

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