Originally posted by kvh78
what the heck is going on??????????
in general surgery,most programs have 2 or 3 cat spots but 6-8 prelim positions
My question is whats gonna happen for the prelim residents
are they gonna squeeze in cat program later or they switch to FP
Preliminary surgery spots are designed for:
1) people who only need 1-2 years of general surgery (ie, "Preliminary") before going onto other fields - these are generally surgical specialties, such as Ortho, ENT, Urology, Neurosurgery, etc. but many include others who are given the option of doing a Surgical OR Medical prelim year (ie, Anesthesia, Derm, Psych, etc.)
2) those who ARE trying to get into a Categorical surgery position. If they do well, they may be offered one if such an opening exists or may have to apply through NRMP for a spot. If they are not successful, then they either try, try again or change fields.
The VAST majority of surgical positions are Preliminary and are filled by those in category one above. Thus, we (at Hershey) have 17 surgical interns, but only 4 of them are Categorical track - the rest are in the above two categories (with again, the vast majority being in the first category since we have Ortho, Neuro, ENT, Uro residencies here).
Hope this clarifies things.