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Non Cards / GI Fellowship (specifically ID) competitiveness

Spookster831

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    Hi,

    I have seen a lot of talk about Cards / GI fellowships and which programmes are more likely to match you to good fellowships in these areas but I was wondering about other sub specialties. Specifically, I am very interested in Infectious Disease and am planning to apply to IM in the States next year with a view to pursuing an ID fellowship afterwards. I am an IMG (I go to school in Dublin, Ireland) and I don't have 250+ step ones or masses of research and thus I have accepted I won't be getting into Hopkins/MGH/wherever.

    So basically I am wondering what sort of institution I would need to match to for getting an ID fellowship after IM. I know ID is less competitive than other fellowships but I assume it is still difficult to get a position and I don't want to go over to the states for 3 years of IM and end up not matching to one.

    So what is the actual gap in competitiveness for fellowships between Cards/GI/HemeOnc/Pul/Endo/ID etc?

    thanks!
     
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      Hi,

      I have seen a lot of talk about Cards / GI fellowships and which programmes are more likely to match you to good fellowships in these areas but I was wondering about other sub specialties. Specifically, I am very interested in Infectious Disease and am planning to apply to IM in the States next year with a view to pursuing an ID fellowship afterwards. I am an IMG (I go to school in Dublin, Ireland) and I don't have 250+ step ones or masses of research and thus I have accepted I won't be getting into Hopkins/MGH/wherever.

      So basically I am wondering what sort of institution I would need to match to for getting an ID fellowship after IM. I know ID is less competitive than other fellowships but I assume it is still difficult to get a position and I don't want to go over to the states for 3 years of IM and end up not matching to one.

      So what is the actual gap in competitiveness for fellowships between Cards/GI/HemeOnc/Pul/Endo/ID etc?

      thanks!

      ID's not that competitive here right now and as long as you are interested you should be able to find an ID fellowship and probably a really good one if you don't mind an extra year of research.

      I think the order of competitiveness of fellowship looks a little like this:

      Allergy/Immuno > GI > Cards > Heme/Onc > Pulm/CC > CC = Nephro = Endo = ID = *Rheum

      Of course, TOP programs in any of those areas could be VERY competitive.
       
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        ID's not that competitive here right now and as long as you are interested you should be able to find an ID fellowship and probably a really good one if you don't mind an extra year of research.

        I think the order of competitiveness of fellowship looks a little like this:

        Allergy/Immuno > GI > Cards > Heme/Onc > Pulm/CC > CC = Nephro = Endo = ID = *Rheum

        Of course, TOP programs in any of those areas could be VERY competitive.

        I know AI is a small field but is it really more competitive then GI or cards? I always heard it was more on heme/onc level.
         

        jdh71

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          I know AI is a small field but is it really more competitive then GI or cards? I always heard it was more on heme/onc level.

          I think it sure is if we go off the number of applicants that match as a percentage of total applicants applying, last time I looked. There's only a handful of spots. I've got no real dog in the fight regarding which is actually THE absolutely most competitive.
           
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