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Hi everyone, I was wondering how easy is it to switch from IM to neuro after intern year?

Edit: Sorry about the title, it should be the other way around (IM to neuro).
 
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If someone leaves a categorical neuro program at the end of the PGY-1 year, then a PGY-2 spot will open up. I've personally known categorical neuro residents switch to psych, anesthesia, path, and even derm after internship year. Spots were filled by IM residents or a recent IM graduate. If you're an IM resident interested in neuro, talk to the neuro PD at your hospital to see if there is an open PGY-2 spot, especially in a categorical program. However, make sure your medicine PD is aware of your interests.
 

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Hi everyone, I was wondering how easy is it to switch from IM to neuro after intern year?

Edit: Sorry about the title, it should be the other way around (IM to neuro).
There are PGY-2 spots that open up every year. I believe now you have to formally go through ERAS and for that, you require your PD's letter of recommendation. ERAS is also a good way to know of the available spots, although you'll be best served by keeping an eye out and asking your friends in different programs.


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There are PGY-2 spots that open up every year. I believe now you have to formally go through ERAS and for that, you require your PD's letter of recommendation. ERAS is also a good way to know of the available spots, although you'll be best served by keeping an eye out and asking your friends in different programs.


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That's very good to know, thank you! The thing is I'm guessing that there's not really that many applicants switching, so would I be correct in assuming that you would have a very limited number of choices to choose from?
 

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That's very good to know, thank you! The thing is I'm guessing that there's not really that many applicants switching, so would I be correct in assuming that you would have a very limited number of choices to choose from?
Correct. Often, you could discuss within your own hospital if you have a neurology residency of interest to you. Otherwise,it's the open market for transfers, or finishing IM and considering a second round of residency.
 
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