Med-Prelim/Neurology vs a Preliminary year, what's the difference??

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  1. ipodtouch

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    I'm researching prelim positions to apply to. I saw that Emory offered a:

    Medicine-Preliminary
    Med-Prelim/Neurology

    options for their prelim year. I was wondering what the difference was between these.
    I was thinking the Med-Prelim/Neurology was a categorical program, but it is specifically listed as "Preliminary" under internal medicine. Emory offers an advanced Neurology program, but no categorical.
     
  2. TUGM

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    Med-Prelim/Neurology spots are likely reserved preliminary medicine spots specifically for neurology residents. When in doubt, contact the program coordinator.
     
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    Can you please reveal how you searched for these programs on ERAS/FREIDA? I haven't broken my back searching for them yet but, I can't find them anywhere.
     
  4. ipodtouch

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    Go to programs on ERAS and then you can search for all Neurology programs.

    Does no one really if I need to apply to these? Nearly every program with a categorical Neuro residency has the Med-Prelim/Neurology.

    Surely someone must have applied for prelims in the past...
     
  5. Jimmy B

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    The Med-Prelim/Neurology is a spot where if you match you get both the prelim year (PGY-I) and the Neurology residency (PGY-II to PGY-IV). The Medicine-Preliminary is just the PGY-I yr by itself. Double check with the PD but that's how it was when I applied. Some programs have a guaranteed Prelim year linked with the 3 years of Neurology and others offer it to any applicant separately regardless of their specialty (Neuro, Rads, Ophtho, Anesthesia, Derm, etc).
     
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    Yes that is correct. It is quite confusing.

    SUNY Upstate has a:

    -Neuro Categorical
    -Neuro Advanced
    -Medicine-Preliminary
    -Med-Prelim/Neurology

    So, do I apply to all four of these options if I want to work at Upstate for any time (prelim, neuro, both)? Why is a Med-Prelim/Neurology even offered if they have a categorical?

    I would email the PDs, but this is a common situation in most schools so I assumed it would be a known detail by those who applied to prelims before...
     
  7. babeexphat

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    I'm also having difficulty grasping this as well. Can anyone3 care to chime in on the differences between med-prelim/neurology and a neuro categorical?
    Also, since i ma only applying to neuro, if a school has med-prelim/neurology AND medicine-prelim as an option, do i still apply to both?
     
  8. Jimmy B

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    -Med-Prelim/Neurology=PGY-I year in Internal Medicine+PGY-II to IV in Neurology

    -Neurology Categorical=Med-Prelim/Neurology, unless it says Neurology-Advanced then it's the PGY-II to PGY IV years without a Preliminary year. Double check it but that's the way it was a few years ago.

    -if you want to do your Prelim year at the same place then it's easier to apply to either the Neurology Categorical or the Med-Prelim/Neurology. Those have the Preliminary year linked with the Neurology Residency automatically if you match there. Keep in mind that a separate Medicine-Preliminary PGY-I year is offered to any applicant separately regardless of their specialty that requires it (Neuro, Rads, Ophtho, Anesthesia, Derm, etc).
     
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